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  • Fishery is not important....it is a liability
    March 01, 2012 - 07:37

    P Early - But remember, Ottawa represents all of Canada, and they are not speaking to save the fishery and the lives of the costal peoples are not that important to Canada as a whole. I argue that this is okay. What is more important than saving the fishery and the lives of the costal peoples is having trade policies that allow Canadian BUSINESSES to extract resources from other countures and import goods via free trade. We have to let corporations harvest our resources because we want our Canadian corportation to be able to extract resources from foreign countries. Canada wins when we trade the small assets of NL for access to the greater access pool that the world has to offer. Sure, some individuals lose, but overall, Canada wins. Essentially, there are just too many benefits that will be compromised by ottawa taking action the fishery and the lives of the costal peoples. SO, in the interests of the rest of Canada, Ottawa does nothing. And that is why they get my votes. I support the decision....the fishery is the way of the past. It served its purpose, but now it is a liability that should be eliminated. And the product from the fishery is essentially obsolete as farm fishing is more efficiently. SO, good job Ottawa, and good job on the NF government to not speaking against the DFO....what is happening to the fishery and the lives of the costal peoples is for the overall benefit to Canadians and Canada as a whole.

  • Copernicus
    February 29, 2012 - 01:12

    A co-op system is the only way forward for the NL fishery. The b'ys in Southern Labrador have a good system that is fair and equitable and if you want the big corporations out and save the inshore fleet, it's your only choice.

  • p earle
    February 28, 2012 - 10:12

    Thats a yes to Casey post. pe

  • Doug
    February 28, 2012 - 08:28

    I don't think I've ever seen FFAW in a sentence without the word 'protest' attached to it. Any time any change is proposed, the FFAW is opposed to it and want to keep the status quo. In case Hurl McCurdy and company haven't noticed, the current situation is hopeless and change is desperately needed.

  • Casey
    February 28, 2012 - 07:06

    'The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) fleet separation policy stipulates that licences cannot be issued to fishing vessels under 65 feet, to limit corporate control of inshore fishing vessels.' I think the above sentence should read, 'fishing vessels OVER 65 feet'. Maybe this just goes to show how much NL's journalists care about the fishery. The fishery could be a gold mine if Ottawa would get serious about managing the resource properly. Take a look at any map showing the offshore banks around NL. There is a huge area for fish to spawn and grow. With fewer fishermen left the EI issue would not be such a problem with healthy and plentiful stocks to harvest from. Unless Ottawa comes onside there soon will be no fishery, which is what their plan seems to be. So sad that not even people with the ability to have the real problems in the fishery brought to light, like journalists, seem to be playing games while the collapse continues. For a better perspective on how Ottawa has and continues to handle the fishery check out the link below. http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Local/2012-02-02/article-2884281/Report-says-science-not-minister-should-rule-Canadas-fisheries/1

    • p earle
      February 28, 2012 - 10:08

      Right. And the first step that must be taken to stop whats happening, because of Ottawa, is for the premier of this province to speak up to save the resource and the lives of our coastal peoples. That must happen. But they will not do it. There is a reason why our government wont speak up on our fishery, which automatically means to speak against the fisheries policies of the DFO. Do you know what that reason is? p e