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Ottawa, Aug 12 (Canadian-Media): Government of Canada's decision to introduce Indigenous participation in the Arctic Surf Clam fishery -- owned by Clearwater Seafoods Ltd. based in Halifax, Nova Scotia -- that would renew
relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples and increase the economic well-being of Indigenous communities, media reports said.
rctic Surf Clam fishery. Image credit: Wikipedia
Department of Fisheries and Oceans' (DFO) proposal to issue a fourth Arctic Surf Clam licence to Five Nations Clam Company in February 2018 was cancelled in early July as Clearwater was unclear how involved the Indigenous community was with Five Nations Clam Company leaving Clearwater with monopoly on sheefish.
Clearwater said as he reported to CBCNews that it was "ready and willing to harvest the 25 per cent of the clam quota for 2018 and 2019 in order to allow the economic benefits to remain in coastal communities while the Minister considers next steps."
In the meantime, Fisheries and Oceans Canada continues to work to broaden access to this fishery.
DFO said it would launch a new Expression of Interest process to award a fourth Arctic surf clam license in spring of 2019, with a decision to be finalized by 2020.
An independent third-party will evaluate the submission and make recommendations to Fisheries and Oceans Canada to enable the proponents’ readiness to implement their submissions by focusing on validating the direct benefits that will flow to Indigenous communities.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)