FFAW Calls for Independent Review of Northern Shrimp Allocation

June 17, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

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FFAW/CAW President Earle McCurdy has called on Federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Keith Ashfield to establish an independent review of northern shrimp allocation principles in light of the recent 2011 quota announcement. 

 McCurdy said the announcement of allocations for Shrimp Fishing , for the area off the northeast coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, "is not a fair or reasonable sharing of this resource. It makes a mockery of the principle of adjacency."

 He said the announcement "perpetuates the special status DFO has given to the offshore shrimp fleet, and poses serious implications for the inshore shrimp fishery in future years."

 The inshore fleet, which currently feeds 11 shrimp plants throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, has averaged 41% of the total northern shrimp quota over the past 11 years, but yesterday's announcement drops the share to 37%.

 McCurdy said the offshore share of the total northern shrimp quota has increased from 41.3% in 2009 to 50.8% this year. The loss in quota for the inshore sector is equivalent to the loss of an additional shrimp plant.

 "This latest announcement means the inshore sector has lost 68 million pounds of quota in just two years. This jeopardizes the survival of more than 300 inshore fishing enterprises and the plants they supply. It's another serious blow to rural Newfoundland and Labrador."

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