After reading the article in The Telegram Aug. 22 on the Georgetown Conference planned for October in P.E.I., I accessed the website referenced in the article (thegeorgetownconference.ca). Speakers with good credentials in many fields have been engaged to share their knowledge and experience but not one of them, as far as I can determine, has any background in the fishery.
I am compelled to ask, how could there be a serious discussion about saving rural communities without addressing the fishery?
The fishery has sustained our coastal communities for centuries and could do so for centuries to come if we were to get rid of the policy obstacles of the provincial and federal fisheries departments that are preventing rural areas from realizing fully the benefits the fishery has to offer.
Livelihoods at stake
Let us not forget some 20,000 men and women are still dependant on the fishery for their livelihood here in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Why can’t we focus on improving their lot for a change, instead of ignoring them, or worse, rationalizing them out of the industry?
Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s