Feds must fix unfair West Coast fishing rules: House committee

By Rochelle Baker  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Federal inaction means West Coast harvesters still flounder with unfair fishing regulations, says a parliamentary committee. Fisheries and Oceans Canada faces a wave of criticism in a recent report by the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans (FOPO), which reiterated a call to equalize fishing policy on the coasts. For the second time in five years, the committee is pushing the fisheries department (DFO) to make changes so only Canadian fish harvesters with actual “boots on deck” of a boat can own fishing licences or quota on the West Coast. The key recommendation is one of 19 stemming from a recent study by the committee on the effect corporate and foreign ownership of commercial licences and quotas is having on Canadian fisheries. On…

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