Fish harvesters welcome Regan as new Fisheries Minister

December 12, 2003

The president of the country’s largest fishermen’s organization welcomed the appointment of Geoff Regan today as Canada’s new Minister of Fisheries and

“We are very pleased to have a Minister from a province where the fishery is of vital social and economic importance” said Earle McCurdy, President of the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters.

“There are a number of public policy issues including licensing and taxation of inshore fishermen that remain unresolved and we look forward to discussing these with Mr. Regan as soon as possible,” McCurdy said.

The Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters is the national organization of Canada’s commercial fishermen’s associations. The objective of the Council is to promote the professionalization of the industry and to represent the interest of Canada’s commercial fishermen on national issues of common concern.

Two critical policy issues that the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters has been dealing with are corporate control over inshore fishing licenses and income tax treatment McCurdy said.

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