What impact might international trade agreements have at the local level? The example of CETA and its implications for Newfoundland and Labrador’s fisheries.

Establishing a baseline for CETA as it is going into effect is a necessary exercise because we have few examples of how trade is perceived at the community level. 

Jack Daly, Memorial University's Master's student based in St. John’s, NL, Canada, spoke at an ACAP Humber Arm Coastal Matters presentation at Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook on Thursday, November 8, 2018. Daly spoke about his ongoing research on the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and its implications for Newfoundland and Labrador's fisheries.

The Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is an international agreement that works to further integrate the economies of Canada and the European Union in both goods and services. CETA brings with it significant changes in seafood trade policy, with 100% of EU tariffs on fish and seafood products eliminated within seven years of its signing along with domestic policy changes for the province. Policy implications of CETA include changes to government investment in the fishery and domestic processor protections, both of which elicit disagreements at the regional and provincial level.

Given the disagreements over the impacts of CETA, Jack Daly's research is highly relevant to contextualize CETA in the province and more specifically in the Great Northern Peninsula. Daly discussed his analysis of the finalized trade agreement, as well as community and government responses to CETA.

Written by: Mirella Leis

Too Big To Ignore | Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL, A1B 3X9, Canada