The Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly unanimously passed a private member’s motion May 27 condemning and seeking the immediate reversal of last week’s Atlantic halibut quota allocation decision by federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea.
This decision ignores the established sharing arrangement for halibut quotas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and continues to erode Newfoundland and Labrador’s share.
“I am pleased the House of Assembly has unanimously supported this important motion. Minister Shea’s decision has ignored the established allocation formula for Atlantic Halibut in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and can be added to an ever-growing list of Federal Government decisions that are negatively impacting our province. The fact that members of all three parties in the provincial legislature have supported this motion speaks to the importance of this issue to Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in all regions of our province,” said provincial Fisheries and Aquaculture Vaughn Granter.
Granter wrote to Minister Shea on May 21, the day her decision was announced, outlining the province’s deep concerns with this most recent Gulf halibut quota allocation. A copy of the letter is available at: www.gov.nl.ca/releases/2015/fishaq/0522n01_letter.pdf