Coleman concerned about future of shrimp fishery

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Frank Coleman is concerned for the future of the northern shrimp fishery following news that quota allocations are being reduced by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).

Coleman, a candidate in the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador leadership race, committed in a press release to approach the federal government to seek changes to how quotas are allocated.  

“If good science mandates a quota reduction for the health of the resource that is one thing, but I cannot support the Last In First Out (LIFO) principle used by DFO for allocating the reduced quotas,” stated Coleman in the release. “Both the inshore and offshore fleets are licensed and bona fide participants in this fishery. The reduced quota allocation is devastating, discriminatory and just wrong for one important segment of this fishery.”

He said the quota reductions have the potential to erode the inshore shrimp fishery leaving in its wake an uncertain future for the inshore fleet operators and thousands of plant workers.

Coleman said the DFO decision on shrimp allocations is favouring the offshore fleet, which has access to all seven shrimp fishing zones, whereas the majority of the inshore fleet accesses only two zones.

“I cannot understand how DFO seeks to protect the interests of one sector over another when operators in both sectors have permanent access,” said Coleman. “That is why I believe there should be a principle of fairness on shrimp allocation that would stabilize the northern shrimp fishery.”

The release said Coleman is lending his support to the provincial government and the Fisheries, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) on the issue.

“We need to work together to have a balanced approach to this issue,” he said. “This is a very important issue to Newfoundland and Labrador and I will reach out to the federal government to more fairly share the responsibility of conservation on one hand and the benefit of the shrimp fishery on the other.”

Meanwhile, Coleman was to talk about another issue important to the people of the west coast on Monday night — the new hospital for Corner Brook. He was to meet with the Western Region Hospital Action Committee at the Glynmill Inn.

And his campaign received another endorsement last week when it was announced that Natural Resources Minister Derrick Dalley was backing him.

Organizations: Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, Allied Workers Western Region Hospital Action Committee

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Corner Brook

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  • Fred Connors
    April 08, 2014 - 21:51

    Yaw him and Barry are going to come out in favour of the working poor, like ten to twelve bucks an hour, who are you kidding Mr Coleman, your worried about profits not the price of tea in chins. In recent years, the concept of "working poverty" itself has been subject to criticism. According to scholars, which coleman and barry are not , separating the working poor from the working class, "depoliticizes poor people by divorcing their interests in better wages and income from those of more organized labor groups, no union saying the best in my shop, I argue that the distinction between "working poor" and "nonworking poor" is counterproductive, especially in light of evidence that, on average, there are few real differences between the two groups. Barry and Coleman will claim that the politically charged image of the nonworking poor as "welfare dependent" and morally deficient made welfare reform seem like a more pressing issue than working poverty in the 1980s and 1990s. Keep the poor down and the rich laughing at them. We are all idiots to elect either of such including Ball, wounder how much he pays his workers ?

  • Just saying
    April 08, 2014 - 09:36

    Frank Coleman, who is this guy? I did not know what he looked like until I seen him on the news the other night. Not a political peep from him over the years now he is concerned about our shrimp fishery. Parachuted into politics to save Progressive Conservative party. Do you think Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are stupid?

  • Pauline
    April 08, 2014 - 06:00

    Het where this guy they calls Dwight Ball, don't he gone back into hiding. Please can some one dig this guy out. Before the world past him by..LOL