Quota reduction slammed

Dave Bartlett
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Politicians from province say cuts will hurt Northern Peninsula

A decision by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to reduce shrimp quotas isn't going over well with politicians from this province.

On Monday, DFO announced a 28 per cent decrease in the total allowable catch for a single shrimp fishing area which will effect about 350 fishing operations on the Northern Peninsula from River of Ponds to Englee.

A decision by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to reduce shrimp quotas isn't going over well with politicians from this province.

On Monday, DFO announced a 28 per cent decrease in the total allowable catch for a single shrimp fishing area which will effect about 350 fishing operations on the Northern Peninsula from River of Ponds to Englee.

Provincial Fisheries Minister Clyde Jackman issued a news release Wednesday morning voicing his displeasure.

"Against the advice of our government, the federal minister ... has decided to apply a last-in first-out approach to quota allocation reductions," Jackman stated in the release. "This approach provides a greater level of protection for the offshore sector rather than the inshore fleet. The impact of this approach is that one group in the province is losing access and the province's inshore harvesters will see their allocation reduced by 18,000 tonnes."

Jackman also said Ottawa ignored the principle of adjacency - who's closest to the fishing area - when making the decision.

He said he wrote federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea after he heard cuts were coming.

In that letter, Jackman said while the province supports a reduction in overall quota on conservation grounds, fishermen closest to the fishing area should get priority.

Federal Liberal fisheries critic Gerry Byrne - who also represents the federal riding hit by the reduction - also issued a news release.

"The minister signed off on a plan for the cuts that ensures the inshore sector of the fishery based in this province takes the brunt of the cuts," he said.

He also criticized Shea for "not having the guts" to make an announcement to tell fishermen the news herself.

The issue was also raised by the provincial Liberal fisheries critic in the House of Assembly Wednesday.

"What do you plan to do as a counteract or as an offset to this devastating fallout for our communities and people along our North Coast?" Marshall Dean asked Jackman.

The minister said he expects to hear from the affected fishermen about what they may be looking for.

dbartlett@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Geographic location: Northern Peninsula, River of Ponds, Englee Ottawa North Coast

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  • Manny
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    It seems Ottawa has a plan to gut the outports of as many fishermen as possible. WHY? NLers need to ask the tough questions and demand answers. Don't let them take away your future. The cod will comeback and you must ensure that NLers get to catch it, not foreigners.

  • Sailor
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    This is not a mistake or bad decision. The mistake and bad decision was when the federal government gave the inshore fleet a shrimp quota in the first place. When you land terriable quality shrimp, it hurts the maket and is a waste of good quota. This is a good decision for the stock and for the markets.

  • Manny
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    It seems Ottawa has a plan to gut the outports of as many fishermen as possible. WHY? NLers need to ask the tough questions and demand answers. Don't let them take away your future. The cod will comeback and you must ensure that NLers get to catch it, not foreigners.

  • Sailor
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    This is not a mistake or bad decision. The mistake and bad decision was when the federal government gave the inshore fleet a shrimp quota in the first place. When you land terriable quality shrimp, it hurts the maket and is a waste of good quota. This is a good decision for the stock and for the markets.