Foote asing for fair halibut quotas

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Random-Burin-St. George's MP Judy Foote is calling on the Conservative government to treat fishermen from Newfoundland fairly when it allocates the annual halibut quota, instead of giving them such a small percentage.

Fishermen from this province who harvest Atlantic halibut in fishing area 3Ps are given a quota that amounts to approximately 2.5 percent of the total allowable catch of that species.

"Clearly, it is wrong to expect fishermen from this province to sit by and watch as fishermen from other provinces, as well as St. Pierre and Miquelon, reap the rewards from this lucrative fishery in the waters off our shore," she said in a press release. "I cannot think of any other area in the country, any other industry, where the importance of adjacency is not taken into account when decisions about our resources are made."

DFO says the current sharing arrangement for Atlantic halibut has been in place since the early 1990s, and the allocation share provided to the Newfoundland inshore fleet is directly related to that fleet's historic participation in the halibut fishery up until shares were established.

Geographic location: St. Pierre and Miquelon, Newfoundland

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