Framework between the National Marine Fisheries Service of the United States and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans of Canada for Cooperation on Fisheries Scientific Research and Advice in the Northwest Atlantic, Silver Spring and Ottawa, 1995
Done at Silver Spring and Ottawa 13 March and 10 April 1995
Entered into force 10 April 1995
Primary source citation: Copy of text provided by the U.S. Department of State
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1335 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Honorable William A. Rowat
Deputy Minister
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
200 Kent Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0E6
Dear Mr. Deputy Minister:
During a October 21, 1993, meeting in East Boston, representatives of our two Agencies agreed that it would be useful to memorialize the forms of our ongoing scientific cooperation regarding northwest Atlantic fisheries. The result of efforts to do so is the enclosure. I propose that, by this letter and your response to it, our two Agencies agree to cooperate as described in the enclosed “Framework for Cooperation on Fisheries Scientific Research and Advice in the Northwest Atlantic” for a period of 5 years. I anticipate that our organizations will at that point review our experiences and consider extending and expanding these arrangements.
Rolland A. Schmitten

Framework for Cooperation on
Fisheries Scientific Research and Advice
in the Northwest Atlantic
Canada and the United States share interest in the conservation of transboundary stocks of fish and shellfish of commercial and recreational importance to each country.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada, and the National Marine Fisheries Service, United States of America, each have separate and distinct approaches to managing these stocks.
The two Agencies will strive to improve the understanding of each other’s fishery management objectives, regulations, and scientific information.
The two Agencies will share and cooperate in the development of scientific information by:
1) annually convening a joint assessment workshop at which the scientists of the two Agencies will share information on catch, population parameters, fishing mortality, assessment methodologies, forecasting, and other information on transboundary stocks which is required to manage such stocks rationally, and
2) participating in each other’s process for the assessment of stock status.

1196 The Marine Mammal Commission Compendium

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Assistant Sous-ministre
Deputy Minister adjoint


APR 10 1995

Mr. Rolland A. Schmitten
National Marine Fisheries Service
1335 East-West Highway
Silver Springs, Maryland, U.S.A.
Dear Mr. Schmitten:
The Deputy Minister has asked me, as Assistant Deputy Minister for Science to respond to your letter of March 13, 1995, advising that your agency (NMFS) is willing to enter into a cooperation agreement on fisheries research (the attached “Framework for Cooperation on Fisheries Scientific Research and Advice in the Northwest Atlantic”).
I wholeheartedly agree with this approach for the next five years. This will provide both our organizations, by the turn of the century, a much better understanding of each others’ fishing management objectives, regulations and scientific information on the status of fisheries resources.
Yours sincerely,

L.S. Parsons

Ottawa, Canada
K1A 0E6

Bilateral / Canada