Mr. George Baker (Gander-Grand Falls):
Mr. Speaker, the EEC yesterday unilaterally set its own 1989 fishing quotas off the East Coast of Canada 12 times higher than those allowed by the North Atlantic Fisheries Organization. A spokesman for the Government claimed this morning, "There is not enough fish in the entire north Atlantic to satisfy that EEC quota".
Does the Government realize that 84,000 tonnes of the 160,000 tonnes of cod in that unilateral declaration will be from the nose of the Grand Banks where, Mr. Speaker, as you know, a moratorium exists on fishing activity to help rebuild the stocks so that they can come ashore and employ our people in our fish plants?
What does the Government intend to do about this further destruction of our fishing resource by foreign nations?
Hon. Thomas Siddon (Minister of Fisheries and
Oceans): Mr. Speaker, we are delighted to know that the Hon. Member can distinguish the nose from the tail of the Grand Banks.
Sub-subtopic: EEC NORTH ATLANTIC FISHING QUOTAS