Oil and Fisheries—Conflict or Cooperation

by Gordon W. Snow, Dep of Fisheries & Oceans, St., John's, Newfoundl, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The Grand Banks of Newfoundland are one of the richest fishing grounds in the world. The proposed Hibernia oil field development will impact on this resource. Recommendations have been made by the Environmental Assessment Panel after public hearings on Hibernia development. The fishing areas of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization and Canada's 200 mile Fishing Zone provide information on proximateness of fisheries in relation to proposed oil development. The fishery is capsulized to show relative importance. Explanation of perceived conflicts are given and solutions suggested for mutual relationships. Various forms of cooperation are suggested. When the non-renewable oil resource has been expended the renewable fisheries resources must still be capable of continuation.

Subject Headings: Wells (oil and gas) | Environmental issues | Water-based recreation | River bank stabilization | Fish management | Organizations | Business organizations | Petroleum | Canada

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