Maritime provinces fishermen moving on professionalization - Grandfathering criteria being discussed

November 1, 1995

Fishermen’s organizations from the three Maritime Provinces are moving forward on professionalization and have agreed to meet in November to workout “grandfathering” criteria for existing fishermen.

Grandfathering is the process by which fishermen automatically receive professional status by meeting criteria set by their peers. The criteria can incorporate factors such as the level of attachment to the fishery, years of experience, economic dependence, or recognition by peers.

Fishermen’s organizations in the Maritime Provinces see professionalization as a means of strengthening their position in a changing fishery, according to Daniel Bernier,Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters (CCPFH). “The Idea is to establish a more secure status for those who make their living fishing. By developing the grandfathering criteria now, fishermen and their organizations are taking a pro-active approach in determining who will be the professional fishermen in the future fishery” he added.

According to Bernier, it is crucial that fishermen seize the opportunity that professionalization presents given the dramatic changes that are now occurring in the fisheries. A lack of action or further delay only opens the door wide for government to institute policies and programs that may not be supported by fishermen.

Two meetings are being planned to develop the grandfathering criteria for the Maritimes. For the Scotia-Fundy region, a two-day workshop will be held on November 13 and 14 in Truro, Nova Scotia. The meeting will be sponsored by the Eastern Fishermen’s Federation, the Maritime Fishermen’s Union, and the Scotia-Fundy Mobile Gear Fishermen’s Association.

A southern Gulf meeting, also for two days, will be held in on November 23 and 24 in Moncton, New Brunswick and will be sponsored by the Prince Edward Island
Fishermen’s Association, the Maritime Fishermen’s Union, the Association des pêcheurs professionnels acadiens, and the Eastern Fishermen’s Federation. Both meetings are being organized in collaboration with the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters (CCPFH).

A background document on professionalization and the grandfathering process is available directly for the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters by calling (613) 566-7031.


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