Liberal party responds to FISH-NL survey on inshore fishery: high hopes for aquaculture; doesn’t rule out raw material sharing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, May 13th, 2019

The province’s Liberal Party has responded to a FISH-NL survey on major inshore fishery issues, setting ambitious aquaculture targets and not ruling out a possible return to controversial raw material sharing.

“When it comes to setting fishery targets, the Liberals have them for aquaculture, but not for the wild fisheries,” says Ryan Cleary, President of FISH-NL. “That’s worth noting, as is the fact that the Liberals don’t categorically rule out a return to raw material sharing.”

Find the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador’s response letter below.

“It is incumbent upon us as a government and a party to consider social, economic, and cultural factors in the management of the fisheries, and to ensure Newfoundlanders and Labradorians derive the maximum benefit of our resources,” read the Liberal party response. “Our priority is helping ensure the prosperity of our province’s harvesters and processors.”

On May 3rd, FISH-NL sent the leaders of each of the four political parties running in the May 16th provincial election a questionnaire on major issues impacting the inshore fishery.

Find PC Leader Ches Crosbie’s response here:

Find NDP Leader Alison Coffin’s response here:

NL Alliance head Graydon Pelley has yet to respond to FISH-NL’s survey, but the deadline is the end of today.