March 14, 2012
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently released a document called “The Future of Canada’s Commercial Fisheries” and invited the public to comment. This document is vague and does not offer any details on how stability in the fisheries will be achieved nor does it mention the current Owner-Operator and Fleet Separation policies in place on the East Coast. The response from fish harvesters and coastal communities across Atlantic Canada has been clear: that Owner-Operator and Fleet Separation Policies must be strengthened and is the first principle upon which modernization must be based. Without these policies fish harvesters and their communities feel their futures are threatened.
The original submission date for comments was the 29th of February. This offered little time for the public to respond to the possible major policy changes. After public outcry on the limited response time the date was extend the 14th of April. Fish harvester groups and individual fish harvesters scrambled to prepare responses.
What would you like to see happen next?
Now that the date for submissions has passed and you’ve hopefully had an opportunity to give DFO your comments, the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters (CCPFH) is asking you what you think is the next step. What would you like to see DFO do next with regards to The Future of the “Canada’s Commercial Fisheries”? Share your thoughts with us below!
For those who haven’t had a chance to read the document, it can be viewed here.