Newfoundland Needs Fisheries Plan, FFAW says

December 17, 2008, 4:14 PM EST

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FFAW/CAW President Earle McCurdy is urging the Newfoundland government to create a plan to deal with the strong possibility of a weak fishery next season, resulting from the world economic meltdown.

McCurdy met with Newfoundland and Labrador Fisheries Minister Tom Hedderson December 15 to raise serious concerns about an expected weak market for many species of fish. McCurdy said the province must be prepared in case markets collapse.

"The time to be trying to plan for that is now. We do not have the luxury of waiting until April to see what happens," McCurdy told the St. John's Telegram.

"We firmly believe there's a role for government to play there in terms of making capital available," he said.

McCurdy said 'have not' provinces such as Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI all have a fisheries loan board, yet the 'have' province of Newfoundland and Labrador does not.


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