On November 29, 2007, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans introduced Bill C-32, the Fisheries Act, 2007, for first reading in Parliament. The bill incorporates the feedback that the federal government received regarding Bill C-45, an earlier version of the proposed fisheries legislation that was discontinued in September 2007, when the parliamentary session ended. Bill C-32 is nearly identical to Bill C-45 but affirms that fisheries are a common property resource; requires the Minister to take into account conservation in licensing and allocation decisions before other consideration; removes the Minister’s authority to allocate fish quotas to fund activities within a fisheries management agreement; and clarifies that the current licence transfer practice is permitted to continue. For more information, please see our January 2007 EH&S Bulletin and  www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/newsrel/2007/hq-ac59_e.htm.