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Geoduck Sectoral Committee Terms of Reference

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The Geoduck Sectoral Committee provides a forum for the exchange of information and views between the stakeholders/clients and Fisheries and Oceans Canada on issues important to the management of the fishery.

The Sectoral Committee is not a voting body; the intent is for Fisheries and Oceans Canada to receive a broad range of advice from stakeholders. Fisheries and Oceans Canada, however remains the decision-making authority.

The Sectoral Committee has the following goals:

  • Allow the exchange of information between the stakeholders and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
  • Advise on the development of annual Management Plans for the fishery.
  • Advise on the development of long-term management strategies for the fishery.
  • Provide information and advice regarding stock assessment and biological research for the fishery.
  • Advise the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans on the use of discretionary penalties against harvesters caught violating the rules and regulations of the fishery.
  • Recommend representatives to other advisory bodies, as required