|Fisheries Policy Forum Starts Wednesday
Canadian Independent Fish Harvesters’ Movement is holding its first ever policy
forum for Atlantic Canadian independent fishermen, Feb. 6-7 at the Westin Hotel
in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
meeting will bring together 100 delegates representing owner-operator fishermen
from fishing communities in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.
fleets land 75 per cent of the value of the Atlantic fishery and represent more
than 10,000 individual fishing enterprises. They are the region’s single
largest private sector employer.
groups says the first-ever Policy Forum was sparked by attempts in 2012 to
allow corporations to control fishing licences for species like lobster, crab,
groundfish and shrimp. This galvanizing issue brought fishermen together from
across the Atlantic in an unprecedented show of unity.
to Policy Forum Chairperson Christian Brun “The events of the last year made
independent fishermen realize they need to have a united voice on the numerous
changes that are taking place in the fishery."
days are over when other fishery sectors and governments could circumvent the
Canadian independent fleets or ignore them altogether” Brun said.
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