February 24, 2014 11:21 ET
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 24, 2014) - Inshore fishermen in Atlantic Canada and Québec are reminded that they have until April 12, 2014 to terminate or adjust their controlling agreements in order to comply with the policy on Preserving the Independence of the Inshore Fleet in Canada's Atlantic Fisheries (PIIFCAF).
Since the Policy was implemented in 2007, hundreds of fishermen have taken back control of their enterprise by terminating or modifying their controlling agreements. However, a small percentage of fishermen remain in controlling agreements. The Department will continue to work with them directly to ensure they understand the policy requirements and what is required to comply with them.
"Our Government recognizes the importance of maintaining an independent and economically viable inshore fleet where the benefits of the licence stay with the licence holders. A strong inshore fleet is essential to the future of many small communities along our coasts."
"The objective of the PIIFCAF Policy was to strengthen the Owner-Operator and Fleet Separation policies. We remain fully committed to these policies and we will continue to work with the industry to ensure that the fishery remains economically prosperous for future generations."
The Honourable Gail Shea
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Policy for Preserving the Independence of the Inshore Fleet in Canada's Atlantic Fisheries (PIIFCAF)
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Frank StanekMedia RelationsFisheries and Oceans CanadaOttawa, Ontario613-990-7537Sophie DoucetDirector of CommunicationsOffice of the MinisterFisheries and Oceans Canada613-992-3474
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