ST. JOHN’S, NL — The new Department of Fisheries and Land Resources will bring greater focus to the management of the province’s fishery and land resources to further economic development, improve food security and protect Newfoundland and Labrador’s renewable natural resources, says the new department’s minister, Steve Crocker.

“Better management of these resources is key to the economic development of our communities and the province,” Crocker says. “By bringing this expertise and knowledge together, we’re reducing the silos that have traditionally existed in government and creating an environment where we can improve our food self-sufficiency and work with our industry partners to achieve greater success in these industries.”

The new department maintains the responsibility for fisheries, forestry, agrifoods, as well as wildlife, Crown lands, land management, and fish and wildlife enforcement.

“As a government, we have to work smarter and more efficiently. We have to capitalize on the linkages between industries. I look forward to leading this new team and placing greater emphasis on growing industries that provide stable employment in rural areas of the province,” Crocker says.