For DFO to consider...
Recently, in two news articles one printed in The Telegram and another in the National Post - concerning the hunger strike that was being carried out by Richard Gillett of FISH-NL, Kevin Anderson, the regional director general for Newfoundland and Labrador with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, made the following statement:
“Our fisheries management decisions are evidence-based, and their ultimate goal is to conserve our important public resources so that they are available now and for future generations of Canadian fishers.”
That sounds like newspeak of the utmost “1984” type. If fisheries management decisions are based on scientific evidence, and the ultimate goal is conservation of the species for future generations, then why are multiple commercial fishery species stocks (i.e. crab/ shrimp/salmon) at lows never known before to modern man and those participating in the fisheries - lows created under Canadian fisheries management policies?
How is it that evidence-based informed management fishery decisions since the 1990s have left numerous species at a critical juncture now, in which a number of species quotas have been slashed due to their stocks around the province being depleted to numbers that no longer enable viable fisheries, until at least another three years? How is it that fisheries science could justify management decisions that led to the decimation of most of the commercial fisheries around Newfoundland?
For the public, make no mistake, there is much more behind fishery management decisions than “evidence” from DFO scientists, that have time and again led to oversized allowable catches and to the near-destruction of independent commercial fisheries in and around this province.
Those claims should be seen for what they are. Unfortunately, the federal government newspeak justifies the disruption and fiscal hardships that many in this province will experience, at least in the next three years, disruptions and hardships guided and created under the Canadian management of the commercial fisheries in this province; financial disruption and hardships that will force many a fisher and plant worker to resettle to another province, losing their investments in the fisheries; government-caused and guided disruption and fiscal hardships that are nothing other than a “quiet resettlement” project under the guise of DFO fishery science and fishery management policies.
Mr. Anderson, you can fool some of the people sometimes, sir, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Newfoundlanders are neither stupid nor blind to federal government actions in guiding multiple commercial fisheries to the crux of collapse in this province.
“How is it that evidencebased informed management fishery decisions since the 1990s have left numerous species at a critical juncture now, in which a number of species quotas have been slashed due to their stocks around the province being depleted to numbers that no longer enable viable fisheries, until at least another three years?”