New mea­sures for in­shore fleets

DFO to take ac­tion against har­vesters not com­pli­ant with PIIFCAF

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE -

New mea­sures are set to take ef­fect in the 2015 fish­ing sea­son to help strengthen Canada’s in­shore fish­ing fleet.

Fish­eries Min­is­ter Gail Shea an­nounced the mea­sures on Fri­day that are aimed to fur­ther en­force the pol­icy on Pre­serv­ing the In­de­pen­dence of the In­shore Fleet in Canada’s At­lantic Fish­eries (PIIFCAF).

The in­dus­try-led mea­sures, de­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Cana­dian In­de­pen­dent Fish Har­vester’s Fed­er­a­tion, ad­dress ar­eas that some har­vesters and oth­ers that may be cir­cum­vent­ing.

“Min­is­ter Shea’s decisive mea­sures are very good news for Cana­dian fish­er­men es­pe­cially the in­shore fleets through­out At­lantic Canada,” said Chris­tian Brun, pres­i­dent, Cana­dian In­de­pen­dent Fish Har­vester’s Fed­er­a­tion.

“Fish­er­men have been call­ing for some­thing like this for years. They want fish­ing li­cences kept in the hands of the peo­ple who ac­tu­ally fish and they want to see the ex­ist­ing rules firmly en­forced.”

PIIFCAF was im­ple­mented in 2007 to strengthen the Owner Op­er­a­tor and Fleet Sep­a­ra­tion poli­cies.

The Cana­dian In­de­pen­dent Fish Har­vester’s Fed­er­a­tion brings to­gether 34 dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tions rep­re­sent­ing in­di­vid­ual fish har­vesters who own and op­er­ate their own fish­ing ves­sels in New­found­land and Labrador, Nova Sco­tia, P.E.I., New Brunswick, Que­bec and Bri­tish Columbia.

Brun said, “This will be very pos­i­tive for fish­eries con­ser­va­tion, for the fu­ture of fish­ing fam­i­lies and the eco­nomic well­be­ing of our fish­ing com­mu­ni­ties and es­pe­cially good news for young peo­ple in­ter­ested in get­ting into the At­lantic fish­ery.”

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