For Nova Scotia it’s Déjà vu All Over Again
The latest brouhaha between fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia is over shrimp quota allocations.
So what else is new?
Years ago, I remember discussing various fisheries topics with the then-federal Fisheries Minister Romeo LeBlanc. At one point I asked him what was the most difficult part of his job and he quickly replied, “allocations.”
Since the 1970s, a policy known as Last In, First Out (LIFO) has been in effect in Atlantic Canada. In other words, the first ...
LIFO Out, But Uneasiness Remains in Shrimp Fishery
SFA 6 Quota Cut by 42 Per Cent – Inshore Harvesters Get 70 Per Cent
The LIFO policy may be out but inshore fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador who fought to maintain a right to fish Northern shrimp were not claiming victory quite yet until they see what exactly will replace the Last In, First Out policy on shrimp quota sharing between the inshore and offshore sectors – they did not have to wait long.
On July 6, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Minister Dominic LeBlanc ...
Minister LeBlanc Accepts Key Recommendation of Advisory Panel on LIFO
OTTAWA – Today, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, issued the following statement:
“After a thorough review of the Ministerial Advisory Panel Report on the Northern Shrimp fishery’s Last in, First Out (LIFO) policy, I wish to confirm acceptance of its fundamental recommendation. The panel determined that after being in place for about 20 years, “LIFO is not a sustainable instrument of public policy,” and should be replaced ...
LIFO — A David and Goliath Shrimp Conflict
For several months, the Canadian Association of Prawn Producers (CAPP) has been conducting an advertising blitz in province-wide media extolling the “virtues” of the offshore factory freezer trawler shrimp fishery.
The major fisheries policy issue at stake in this David and Goliath conflict is whether or not the federal government will continue to apply a Last-In First-Out (LIFO) policy that could lead to the elimination of the inshore fleet sector, onshore shrimp plants and certain ...
LIFO Decision Looming
Fate of Northern Shrimp Fishery in Hands of Ministerial Advisory Panel
After a month of public consultations, the four-person ministerial advisory panel (MAP) studying the controversial Last-In, First-Out policy (LIFO) for the Northern shrimp fishery, has submitted its report to the federal fisheries department.
The purpose of the meetings is for the panel to obtain advice from organizations, interested parties and other stakeholders on whether LIFO should be continued, modified, or ...
Offshore, Inshore Shrimp Fleets Elevate Debate Through Public Campaigns
An important report on the future of the province’s northern shrimp fishery is expected to land on federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Hunter Tootoo’s desk by the middle of this month.
In it a ministerial advisory panel will offer advice to Tootoo on whether his department should continue, modify or abolish the controversial Last In, First Out (LIFO) policy for that fishery. If abolished, it is expected to offer advice on what kind of sharing arrangement between the inshore and offshore ...
LIFO Meetings Kick Off in St. John’s
The Ministerial Advisory Panel on the Last In, First Out (LIFO) policy specific to Northern shrimp will be holding seven public consultation meetings in the following communities:
May 10, Iqaluit, NU
May 24-25, St. John’s, NL
May 26, Gander, NL
May 28, St. Anthony, NL
May 30, Mary’s Harbour, NL
May 31, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
June 10, Halifax, NS (Translation will be provided)
The purpose of the meetings is for the Panel to obtain advice from organizations, ...
Controversial LIFO Policy Under Review: Prominent Economist Says Offshore Shrimp Fishery Provides More Benefits to Province
The federal government finally announced it will be setting up a committee to review the much-debated and hotly contested last in, first out (LIFO) policy.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced that a ministerial advisory panel will perform an external review of the LIFO quota allocation policy and deliver its findings and recommendations to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans by June 15, 2016. The yet-to-named panel will be conducting consultations in several communities across ...
LIFO Advisory Panel Members Named
On April 18, DFO announced the Ministerial Advisory Panel (MAP) to carry out the external review of the Department’s Last-In, First-Out policy (LIFO) for the Northern shrimp fishery.
The panel members include Barbara Crann, Wayne Follett, Dr. Sean Riley, Paul Sprout and Trevor Taylor.
The panel is planning to hold public consultation meetings with fishers, Indigenous peoples, industry and others to hear their views on the LIFO policy. For planning purposes, anyone wishing to attend a ...
Shrimp Science, Policy Under Critical Review: Sharp Decline in Stock Sparks Action and Debate
It’s one of the smallest species being fished in Newfoundland and Labrador waters, but this spring it is the subject of one of the biggest controversies to be had in the province’s fishery in years.
Shrimp has become a key stock in maintaining the fishing industry in waters off the north and northeast parts of the island and southern Labrador.
But the shrimp stock has been in decline for a number of years and a stock status update released in February by the Department of Fisheries ...