The Manitoba government, Cedar Lake Fisheries Inc. and Chemawawin Cree Nation have released a progress report on the advancement of the shared, sustainable management of the Cedar Lake Fishery.
Recently, Cedar Lake Fisheries Inc. and Chemawawin Cree Nation initiated a process to have the fishery considered for the Marine Stewardship Council Sustainable Fishery Certification. This assesses three main principles: sustainable fish stocks, minimizing environmental impact and effective fisheries management. This science-based standard, expected to be complete in early 2022, will help ensure the long-term sustainability of the fishery for the people who depend on it, as well as ongoing market access for fish sourced from Cedar Lake. The conservation and stewardship of fisheries and aquatic resources, their habitats and ecosystems are a resource management priority for local communities.
“After the collapse of the Cedar Lake fishery in 1996, Chemawawin Cree Nation has come a long way in terms of the development of an economic viable and a sustainable fishery on Cedar Lake,” said Chief Clarence Easter, Chemawawin Cree Nation. “We have to be proud of what can be accomplished by partnering with industry and government. We wish to thank those involved including industry, both levels of government and the individual fishers for their understanding and support. Without them, this would have not been possible.”
The vision of Cedar Lake shared management began in 1996 when the Napanee Bay Fishers Association, now known as Cedar Lake Fisheries Inc., and Chemawawin Cree Nation approached Manitoba about changes in the commercial fishery to ensure the long-term sustainability of the fish stocks.
“Cedar Lake Fisheries Inc. is very proud of our commercial fishers and partners for taking important steps to ensure the long-term sustainability of our fishery,” said Floyd George, president of Cedar Lake Fisheries Inc.
Cedar Lake is located about 460 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg and is the province’s fourth-largest commercial fishery.