Fussy DFO rules deny­ing lob­ster aid

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT -

I am a fisher from Lob­ster Fish­ing Area 27. I was de­nied short-term as­sis­tance by the min­is­ter of fisheries and oceans be­cause I had my fa­ther’s fish­ing out­fit for six years.

Be­cause he wasn’t feel­ing well enough un­til Au­gust 2008 to drive 45 min­utes to the Depart­ment of Fisheries and Oceans to trans­fer it into my name, the depart­ment said I didn’t qual­ify.

I have been fish­ing for 30 years, but ac­cord­ing to the min­is­ter I have fished for only one year. I had my fa­ther’s rig for six years but be­cause of a tech­ni­cal­ity DFO would not give me that money.

Now it is go­ing to be hard to get ready for fish­ing in the spring. DFO doesn’t mind tak­ing $800 from me ev­ery spring for my li­cence, which I have been pay­ing for the last num­ber of years.

I am not the only one who didn’t get the money. There are other fish­ers in the same boat as me, par­don the pun. Keith Mur­rant Port Morien

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