Many would rather forget about the fishery. The responsible among us know we dare not.
The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans has warned its employees that its $56.8-million budget-cutting plan (which runs from now to 2014. Employees have been told by officials that the department will soon be significantly smaller, and responsible for fewer things. The changes include an already-announced controversial move to shut down the Maritime Rescue Sub Centre in St. John’s. Memos obtained by the CBC say that DFO is “winding down or shedding non-core programs,” as part of “key transformations” intended to render a more modern style of managing fish stocks, ecosystems, aquaculture and vessels. Source: CBC
New Democrat MP Ryan Cleary has continued his call for an inquiry into the province’s fishery, and has committed to using his available private member’s bill this Fall to ask the House of Commons to grant him one. “Our future is threatened,” Cleary told reporters. “It is threatened by a lack of vision. It is threatened by the absence of a rebuilding plan. It is threatened by apathy in all quarters.” Cleary says that the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ past mismanagement of the fishery leads him to believe that it cannot be trusted to properly manage it in the future under the status quo. He says the commission would investigate the effectiveness of the current management system and the state of fisheries science. It would also investigate fisheries enforcement and quotas. Meanwhile, Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield said in a statement Monday there will be no inquiry into the…
Fish harvesters from Port aux Basques to the Strait of Belle Isle descended into Corner Brook yesterday to occupy Department of Fisheries and Oceans offices and make their stand. The harvesters are protesting a decision by the DFO to not allow fishing of both halibut and turbot in the area, and are asking for the government to open up the fishery for just ten days. The harvesters believe that they are being treated differently by DFO as Newfoundlanders – as Quebec fishermen are allowed to fish the same species that harvesters from this province are not allowed to go after. Jan Woodford, DFO’s regional director of communications, said that while the department recognizes the “right of individuals to protest and voice their concerns in a reasonable manner … DFO does not engage in discussions with any person or group who is occupying or blocking access to our facilities.”
The word from lightkeepers who get to keep their jobs after DFO halts lightstation destaffing