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The next actions of the all-party committee on federal shrimp quota allocations were outlined today.
Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Hutchings, chair of the committee, was joined by Official Opposition Leader Dwight Ball and New Democratic Leader Lorraine Michael in announcing further details on the committee that was established last week.
“This committee will engage people impacted by recent federal shrimp quota allocations, and will use the information gained to make representation to the federal government,” Hutchings stated in a press release.
“Together, all parties in the House of Assembly will press for fast action from the federal government that addresses the concerns of the people of this province, and promotes the economic well-being of rural communities.”
The committee will begin meetings next week with representatives from the shrimp fishery, members of the business community, and municipal leaders, to gather their perspectives on the potential impacts of the current federal allocations. The committee will also create an opportunity for members of the public to provide feedback using an email address and phone number that will be announced in the coming days.
“Public engagement on this issue will be crucial for everyone in the shrimp industry as the quota reductions announced by the federal government will have direct impact in many areas throughout our province,” Ball stated.
“The financial ramifications will not only impact plant workers and inshore fishermen in the industry, but will also have a direct effect on businesses, communities and even larger centres across Newfoundland and Labrador.”
The committee will make an official request to appear before the federal government’s Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, and will use the information gathered through public engagement to inform its presentation.
“Our initial meeting was very productive and encouraging,”Michael stated. “I am hopeful that we can continue to work together on behalf of the people who have been so drastically affected, and that we will effectively bring their message to Ottawa.”
The committee will also make representation to Gail Shea, minister of Fisheries and Oceans; Rob Moore, minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) and minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador, and other members of parliament and senators.
More details about how the committee will engage the federal government will be available in the coming days.