New measures for inshore fleets
DFO to take action against harvesters not compliant with PIIFCAF
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.”