Fish Harvesters' Plan Gets Strong Support

March 9, 1995

The professional fishermen’s plan for fisheries renewal has been well received at the Round Table on the Future of the Atlantic Fishery. "Creating New Wealth from the Sea" was presented by the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters (CCPFH) and the Maritime Caucus. A strong majority of the points of consensus at the Round Table are found in the plan.

François Poulin, CCPFH president said, " Fish harvesters got what we wanted and needed at the Round Table. This meeting was an important step forward for the fishery and for harvesters. We believe that cooperation among fish harvesters from all sectors of the Atlantic fishery has made a difference here. It is a base for us to do far more for the thousands of people who depend on a renewed fishery. "

Poulin welcomed the participation of aboriginal representatives for the first time in a large-scale meeting on this fishery. "Aboriginal people have a place in the fishery. Like all of us, they want a strong fishery form which we all can benefit. They recognize they must work with the other groups to achieve that goal."

The CCPFH is an organization that brings together professional fish harvesters from across Canada. It seeks to develop consensus on national policies and programs for the fishing industry. It will hold its formal founding convention, April 21-23 in Charlottetown.

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