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Fishing for a Solution

Canada’s Fisheries Relations with the European Union, 1977-2013

by (author) Donald Barry, Bob Applebaum & Earl Wiseman

University of Calgary Press
Initial publish date
Jul 2014
General, Canadian, General, European, International
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Fishing for a Solution provides a detailed, policy-based account of the development of Canada's fisheries relations with the European Union. It covers over 35 years of this contentious international relationship, from the extension of Canada's fisheries jurisdiction to 200 miles in 1977 and the creation of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) two years later, to the development of a proposed new NAFO Convention in 2007, which awaits formal approval. Based on the experience of participants from inside the deliberations and negotiations, the book explores the impact of Canada's internal politics on international fisheries negotiations. For anyone interested in the workings of Canadian foreign policy, resource policy or in the complexities of managing international relations, it offers a unique account of the development of Canada-EU fisheries relations, blending the academic perspective of a long-time student of those relations with the insights of two former senior public servants who led the international affairs directorate of Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

About the authors

Donald Barry is a professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary. He holds a B.A. from St. Francis Xavier University, an M.A. from Dalhousie University, and a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. His books include Canada's Department of External Affairs: Coming of Age, 1946-1968, with John Hilliker (1995); Toward a North American Community? Canada, the United States, and Mexico (1995), and Regionalism, Multilateralism, and the Politics of Global Trade, with Ronald C. Keith (1999).

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BOB APPLEBAUM was Director General of the International Affairs Directorate at the Government of Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans from 1983 to 1995.

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EARL WISEMAN was Director General of the International Affairs Directorate at the Government of Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans from 1995 to 2002.

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Editorial Reviews


A remarkably detailed and insightful account of Canada's relations with the EU over the catching of fish in the North Atlantic . . . Essential reading for any student of Canada's foreign policy.

—Raymond B. Blake. International Journal



The authors take the reader on a truly interesting journey through the difficulties of fisheries governance.

—Nikolas Sellheim, Polar Record



Fishing for a Solution is a concise, compelling and objective perspective on the complex relationship between Canada and the European Union (EU) resulting from entangled interests in the North Atlantic fishery. [It] is an excellent read.

—Josh Taylor, MIRCS Review


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