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As it stands, marine refuges in Newfoundland and Labrador restrict fishing activity while permitting other industrial activities such as oil, gas and seismic activity. These exceptions have long called into question the effectiveness of these closures and whether conservation goals would be met. Moreover, a lack of consultation with those who would be most affected by the closures has caused significant concern to fish harvesters in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“We invested a significant amount of time into this process knowing what happened in previous years with lots of fish in the water and no quota. This needs to change. The experience and knowledge of harvesters has been repeatedly dismissed and that is unacceptable,” said fish harvester Robbie Green of Old Perlican.

This afternoon, DFO approved FFAW’s request to reopen the northern cod stewardship fishery for all fish harvesters next week, starting on October 2