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Is aquaculture a real success for rural NL?

In a Telegram article by Ashley Fitzpatrick entitled “Province Releases Aquaculture Strategy “ the new Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Vaughn Granter, makes the claim that aquaculture is “a real success for rural Newfoundland and Labrador”. Similarly, Cyr Couturier, President of the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association spins the same message of success and adds that “ the investment is very small compared to what the returns have been. It’s demonstrable”.

The problem with both statements is their claims are not “demonstrable”. We are left wondering what criteria Minister Granter used in concluding that aquaculture has been a “success”. Did he take into consideration the following:

TAGS: NL, aquaculture, rural communities

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Shrimp decline calls into question the Last In First Out allocation policy

The recent report by DFO indicating further declines in shrimp are imminent are raising concerns about the need to change the Last In First Out policy of DFO.

Keith Sullivan, president of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers union (FFAW), objects to generalized, grey-cloud talk of “issues” in the industry, but he has joined representatives from all parties in the province’s House of Assembly in speaking out publicly on a specific issue tied to shrimp quota cuts.

All have objected to a federal policy that will, they say, see inshore fishermen shouldering the bulk of cuts, in comparison to the offshore fleet.

The Last In, First Out (LIFO) policy dictates any quota cuts are first put to inshore fishermen as opposed to the offshore fleet. The reason given is that inshore fishermen experienced greater increases in their quotas compared to the offshore fleet from the late 1990s to today, to the tune of a 90 per cent versus 10 per cent share, although that value is disputed by provincial representatives, who say the windfall for the inshore was not across the board.

Regardless, the inshore takes the bulk of the cuts.


TAGS: NL shrimp fishery, quota cuts, declining resource, Last In First Out policy, LIFO


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Tough times ahead for the NL fishery

This has been anticipated for some time but it portends tough times ahead for the NL fishery after the shellfish boom took some of the edge off the cod collapse.

Baker: New fish science report paints dizzying picture for industry future
TAGS: NL fishery, cod, crab, shrimp, forecast decline, tough times ahead


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