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Labrador MP Yvonne Jones
Labrador MP Yvonne Jones is expressing concern over the possibility of future cuts to shrimp quotas in Labrador regions.
According to a news release from Jones’ office, the quota reductions may take place in shrimp fishery areas 5 and 6, which are adjacent to Labrador’s north and south coast.
“With respect to Labrador license and quota holders of shrimp, these individuals should not be cut,” said Jones in the news release. “It would severely affect the profitability of their industry. Any cuts to Labrador’s offshore fishers will translate directly into major job losses for both harvesters and plant workers, as the offshore quotas support onshore processing and inshore fishers.”
“Shrimp quota cuts will affect communities from Nain to L’Anse au Clair on the Labrador coast, as well as the Innu, Nunatsiavut, and NunatuKavut Aboriginal governments. In addition, that will severely affect local companies like the Labrador Fisherman’s Union Shrimp Company Limited and Torngat Fisheries.”
Jones is also claiming that Labradorian fishers are not receiving their fair share of quotas in their own regions. According to Jones’ news release, Labradorian fisheries only receive 10 percent of the quotas in their adjacent zones.
“This is totally unfair and the discrepancy from one region to the next is justifiably cause for concern for local fishers who are trying to provide for their families and communities,” said Jones. “I call on the Minister to apply these adjacency rules with fairness across the country so that Labrador fishing enterprises, Aboriginal groups, Fish companies, and workers can benefit in the same way that other regions of our country do.”