Shea stands firm on LIFO, shrimp cuts

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She came. They met. Nothing changed.
It was early April when federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea slashed shrimp quotas, and more than three months later, she arrived in St. John’s to meet with an all-party committee of politicians opposed to the cuts.

Shea wouldn’t speak to reporters Tuesday, but she issued an e-mailed statement to media shortly before the all-party committee was scheduled to talk.

The bottom line, according to Shea’s statement, is that the shrimp cuts aren’t getting reversed, and she’s not changing the controversial “last-in first-out” policy which dictates that the overwhelming brunt of the cuts will go to smaller inshore shrimp harvesters.

“In-shore fleet members have received 90% of all increases to the shrimp quota since 1998, in exchange for the understanding that they would receive the majority of reductions if the stock decreased. This is exactly what has happened,” the statement from Shea said. “Challenges in the fishing industry have been well-known for some time.”

When provincial Fisheries Minsiter Keith Hutchings emerged to speak to reporters, flanked by Liberal Leader Dwight Ball and NDP Leader Lorraine Michael, they acknowledged that despite months of lobbying, they don’t have anything to show for it yet.

At this point, Hutchings sounded more concerned about next year than anything else. He said that if there are even more cuts in the future, that will likely mean bankrupt fish harvesters and plant workers.

Shea also met with FFAW president Earle McCurdy Tuesday. Today, she’s scheduled to hold an event in Quidi Vidi.

 

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  • Mr. Premier Marshall please take a stand on this very serious Shrimp issue.
    July 23, 2014 - 14:20

    The current government has refused to deal with the fishery issues since the day it was first elected more than a decade ago. Now our province is facing the complete loss of any appreciable value to its fishers since everything has been passed over to Ottawa so that its others provinces reap the benefits from the trade off in International Trade Agreements of their Manufactured and Agriculture goods. Please Mr. Premier put out a plea to the electorate of Newfoundland and Labrador to come together and demand that Ottawa give back to our province what it rightfully deserves from the fish quotas we lent to Canada for maintenance and protection.

  • Mr. Premier Marshall please take a stand on this very serious Shrimp issue.
    July 23, 2014 - 14:15

    The current government has refused to deal with the fishery issues since the day it was first elected more than a decade ago. Now our province is facing the complete loss of any appreciable value to its fishers since everything has been passed over to Ottawa so that its others provinces reap the benefits from the trade off in International Trade Agreements of their Manufactured and Agriculture goods. Please Mr. Premier put out a plea to the electorate of Newfoundland and Labrador to come together and demand that Ottawa give back to our province what it rightfully deserves from the fish quotas we lent to Canada for maintenance and protection.