Canada ap­pears poised to sign Arc­tic fish deal

Cape Breton Post - - PROVINCIAL/CANADA -

Canada ap­pears poised to sign an in­ter­na­tional agree­ment to block com­mer­cial fish­ing in the cen­tral Arc­tic Ocean un­til more is known about the po­ten­tial of the re­source.

A source close to the ne­go­ti­a­tions told The Cana­dian Press that the deal is to be signed next Thurs­day in Oslo.

A Fish­eries and Oceans spokes­woman con­firmed that Canada will be in Nor­way next week.

“We can con­firm that we are plan­ning to at­tend a meet­ing in Nor­way with other Arc­tic Ocean coastal states to dis­cuss fur­ther mea­sures against un­reg­u­lated high-seas fish­ing in the cen­tral Arc­tic Ocean,” Ca­role Sain­don wrote in an email.

“De­tails of the re­sults of those dis­cus­sions will be re­leased at the con­clu­sion of the meet­ing.”

Canada, the United States, Rus­sia, Den­mark and Nor­way reached an in­terim agree­ment in Fe­bru­ary 2014 to work to­ward pro­tect­ing Arc­tic wa­ters be­yond the 200-kilo­me­tre ter­ri­to­rial limit of their re­spec­tive shores, an area the size of the Mediter­ranean Sea.

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