Barry says shrimp catch allocation a terrible decision

Cory Hurley
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Fisheries tycoon and PC leadership candidate Bill Barry says the federal government decisions on shrimp allocations are terrible.

Fishermen have been lobbying for changes to the cuts in allowable catch, but primarily the way the cuts have been divided between offshore and inshore fishermen.

The last in, first out (LIFO) policy has inshore fishermen suffering the brunt of the cuts — a devastating impact on a large number of fishermen and their families in rural communities throughout the province.

Barry said there is no arguing that shellfish stocks are declining, but that it is just not fair to allocate the catch the way the federal government has. That is especially true, he said, given the world market prices offshore fishermen can avail of.

“(Offshore fishermen) will probably have one of the best years they have ever had, financially, while the inshore fishermen and the inshore fishery — with over 300 boats, with over 1,600 fishermen, with 1,200 or 1,400 plan workers — are taking the brunt of the cut,” he said.

Barry said there has to be equity in sharing the pain of declining stocks.

“In my opinion, a terrible decision by the federal government,” he said. “It shouldn’t have been done.”

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  • Henry
    April 15, 2014 - 11:22

    What else do you expect from a fishing tycoon trying to get elected as Progressive Conservative leader. I believe Mr. Coleman will be saying similar comments. Forget this crowd. Political double talk.... They get elected and they turn on you....

  • Fact Checker
    April 15, 2014 - 10:07

    - The Canadian Association of Prawn Producers (CAPP) lobbied the Federal Gov hard to protect the offshore Fishery. They agree with LIFO and it’s a powerful group the Fed’s don’t want to cross. Clearwater Foods (John Risley) is a strong advocate for LIFO. He released a statement Feb 29th 2012 publicly stating that LIFO must be upheld and that they agree with CAPP. Bill Barry transferred to John Risley $10 million worth of turbot quota in 2008. Tight relationship. Clearwater and Barry Group sit as members of another Large power association called the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP). This group is a strong voice for the Offshore fleet. The Northern Shrimp Advisory Committee was also established as a voice for the offshore interests. Gerry Donovan who used to work at Barry Group was sitting on this committee before he left Barry’s in 2012 to take a job with Gov in the Department of Fisheries. How convenient.

  • Captain Flip
    April 15, 2014 - 06:13

    We haven't got one politicians who can give a straight answer about anything, just double talk.

  • Gerry
    April 15, 2014 - 05:17

    Cory thank you for a early morning laugh, Can't wait to hear your next JOKE. Give us one about Frank Coleman..

  • Laughable
    April 15, 2014 - 05:02

    Mr Barry, I know your joking concerning the inshore fisherperson. You always said small boat fisherperson was a pain in the butt, and now your singing a difference song. give me a brake.