Fussy DFO rules denying lobster aid
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