Liaison Committee Between Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Quebec Harvesting Sector

Terms of reference

Marine fisheries is a sector in transformation and improvement of fisheries management initiatives require increased and constant communication between Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the fish harvesting sector.

In this sense, the Liaison Committee between the DFO and the Quebec region fish harvesting sector aims to promote dialogue and exchange of information on policy initiatives in the field of exploitation of marine resources, their implementation and the establishment of guidelines serving the interests of the industry in Quebec.

The Liaison Committee can also serve as a vehicle for the development of collaborations between DFO and the industry as well as in the context of consultation processes. 
Finally, it may channel the expectations, concerns and requests of the members with respect to DFO within the Committee. 


The Liaison Committee will be composed of 20 to 25 representatives of the fish harvesting industry of the Quebec region (see membership in annex).

Fisheries and Oceans Canada will be represented by six permanent members. Three additional members could be invited depending of the topics discussed.

The ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec will also be represented at the Liaison Committee. 
Observers or experts will be allowed to participate on request.
The Liaison Committee will be co-chaired by the Regional Director General of DFO, region of Quebec, and a representative of the industry (in rotation).


Frequency of Meetings

The Liaison Committee will attempt to meet in person once a year, in the fall. At least another meeting by teleconference or videoconference will be held each year. The topics discussed at the meetings will be determined in collaboration between DFO and the members.

Calls or ad hoc meetings could be convened as required.

Working Groups

The Liaison Committee can form subcommittees, as needed, to deal with specific themes. These sub-committees refer to the Liaison Committee and are chaired by members.

Communications and Logistics

Fisheries and Oceans Canada will provide the secretariat and logistical support to the Liaison Committee, including invitations to meetings, the preparation of the agendas and the drafting of minutes of the meetings. The information will be transmitted as far as possible by electronic means. A DFO regional Web site page will be dedicated to the Liaison Committee to facilitate the dissemination of information.


Danie Gagné