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Canadian Independent Fish Harvesters’ Movement, February 11th, 2013, Halifax – In an unprecedented show of unity independent fishermen from across Atlantic Canada and Quebec are joining forces to oppose corporate raiding of their fishing licences and communities.

At the end of a two-day Policy Forum, fishermen delegates representing 10,000 licence holders from the inshore and mid-shore fleets unanimously adopted a motion in principle to establish a new independent fishermen’s federation to deal with the pressing issue of corporate concentration in their fisheries.

Delegate after delegate spoke of the failure of the Federal government to enforce long standing policies meant to keep Atlantic fishing licences and quotas in the hands of independent fishermen.

Many delegates described the government’s inaction as an attack on the rural economy of coastal Canada as government officials turn a blind eye to blatant violations of fisheries policies by corporate interests.

Atlantic Canada’s independent fishing fleets are the region’s largest private sector employer landing 75 percent of the value from the Atlantic fisheries most from the region’s valuable shellfish –lobster, crab and shrimp.

For more Information:

New Brunswick: Christian Brun (506) 530-4421 & Melanie Sonnenberg (506) 662-5481

Nova Scotia: Peter Connors (902) 456-9249

Prince Edward Island: Ian MacPherson (902) 394-0457

Newfoundland and Labrador: Earle McCurdy (709) 743-5444

Quebec: O’Neil Cloutier (418) 782-6028

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