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Canada joins international moratorium on High Arctic fishing

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Canada’s chief negotiator for the newly signed international moratorium on fishing in the High Arctic says this country will help lead research in the area.
Canada has signed a deal with dozens of other countries preventing commercial fishing for 16 years in a part of the Arctic Ocean the size of the Mediterranean Sea.
Large parts of that once-frozen ocean are now open in the summer and fishers have expressed interest in its potential.
Negotiator Nadia Bouffard says Canada played a big part in getting the deal signed and will continue that leadership with the scientific study it promises.
She says that research will include northern waters closer to Canadian shores and will involve Inuit.
Bouffard warns current evidence suggests fish stocks at the top of the world aren’t large enough to support commercial fishing.