"We’ve been told of all the little fish, belly up, floating away behind the boat. Don’t that paint a picture?” Fitzpatrick said.
“That’s the future, that’s my livelihood floating away. It’s the same thing that happened back in the 1980s.”
Those reports of high-grading (taking larger fish only), and the fact the large vessels have even been permitted to fish on the cod stock in fishing zone 3Ps this time of year, has riled inshore fishermen.
On Feb. 27, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced that, as a continuation of a pilot project initiated in 2014, the commercial cod fishery in NAFO subdivision 3Ps (off the province’s south coast) would remain open to March 31. It had been scheduled to shut down March 1.
“The pilot project extends the fishing season and will support the collection of samples that will contribute this scientific research into the timing of cod spawning,” a DFO statement issued last week read.
“Based upon the most recent assessment of this stock, extending the 3Ps pilot project is expected to have limited impact on the stock. DFO resource management has requested that DFO science analyze the spawning condition of cod over this period and provide advice on current spawning times at the next stock assessment.”
On Friday, DFO officials met with the fishermen, and the union that represents them, the Fish, Food and Allied Workers/Unifor (FFAW/Unifor).
The fishermen have accused their union of not being clear on where…
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