Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

March 30, 2006 15:31 ET

DFO: Short Term Voluntary Measures to Reduce Cost Impacts on Gulf Shrimp Fishers For 2006

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 30, 2006) - The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans today offered voluntary measures for shrimp fishers to reduce cost impacts for the short term. If implemented, these measures would broaden the scope of possible transfers of quotas between fleets and would allow the use of a single vessel by two licence holders.

"After discussions with the industry and my provincial colleagues on the difficulties facing this industry, I am offering these voluntary initiatives in the short term," said Minister Hearn.

Minister Hearn met with his colleagues from the Atlantic Provinces and Quebec last week. The Ministers agreed to work together on the current issues, challenges and opportunities facing the shrimp industry and to develop a long term approach to ensure the economic viability of this industry.

The Gulf shrimp industry is of major importance to the Atlantic Provinces and Quebec. It is an industry that is being hit particularly hard this year due to a reduction in prices, a stronger Canadian dollar and higher operating costs.

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