During the AFPR consultation process, inshore fleets expressed widespread concerns that the fleet separation policy is being undermined by an apparent proliferation of “trust agreements” and asked that Fisheries and Oceans Canada close so-called “loopholes” in the policy that allow this to happen. These consultations also revealed concerns that a proposal in the policy framework to introduce a degree of flexibility to the owner-operator and fleet separation policies would erode their purpose. The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is committed to preserving the independence of the inshore fleets while meeting one of the two core objectives of the AFPR to create the circumstances for resource users to be more self-reliant, economically viable and self-sustaining on a longterm basis. This consultation provides an opportunity to examine options available to ensure that this commitment is kept. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is thus inviting resource users in the commercial fisheries to participate in this examination of the effectiveness of the fleet separation policy with respect to its underlying objectives. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is also seeking views on other approaches to foster the independence and economic viability of fleets covered by the owner-operator and fleet separation policies.