Protesters shut down DFO offices

Still on the west coast, harvesters have shut down Department of Fisheries and Oceans offices by way of protest in Corner Brook for the second time in two weeks, and also shut down offices in Port aux Choix. Fish harvesters were not happy to have had their groundfish quotas cut in 2010 and are angry now because overruns of the quota caught last year are now being clawed back from this year’s quota. “When a bunch of fishermen have got to resort to coming here and doing something like this just to make a living, there’s something wrong with the system somewhere,” said Ron Benoit, harvester. “This is the last place in the world I want to be today, but if we don’t do this now, it will never get done. I think there are a lot more fishermen who could be here today too.” Earle McCurdy, FFAW president, has been in Ottawa this week attending meetings on the fishery dispute. On Tuesday, he met with Fisheries and Oceans Minister Keith Ashfield’s chief of staff. On Wednesday, he met with Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue, who is Newfoundland and Labrador’s representative in the federal cabinet.

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