|Dunne Says Labrador Crab Should be Processed in Labrador
A review undertaken
by Eric Dunne Consulting Limited on behalf of
the Provincial Government has recommended that the crab processing regulation
governing snow crab caught in NAFO area 2J in Labrador be maintained.
The regulation was
established 1993 and provides for fish plants
located in that region to maximize the supply of snow crab; to operate
efficiently, and to derive maximum economic benefit for residents of Labrador.
Aquaculture Minister Derrick Dalley has accepted those findings.
“The review was
mandated to explore the current regulation and assess the effectiveness and
implications on harvesters, processors, plant workers and other stakeholders in
the Labrador region of the province,” Dalley said.
“The 2J crab
regulation will ensure, in part, that the remaining crab plants in Mary’s
Harbour and Cartwright have full access to adequate raw material.”
The Report on the
Review of the Limitation on 2J Crab concludes that the 2J crab regulation has a
sound basis in law and is well within the province’s constitutional power to
maintain. It also concludes the regulation is based on valid, accepted and
announced fishery policy objectives.
The report also notes
that the current regulation is widely supported by industry participants and
community groups. Supporters of the regulation claim that the overall positive
effects outweigh the benefits of removing it and the regulation is still needed
to continue providing benefits to communities adjacent to 2J.
suggested by the consultant and the terms of reference of the report are
contained in the Executive Summary, which is available online HERE.
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