Deadline for Terminating Inshore Fishing Controlling Agreement Fast Approaching

26 February 2014, at 12:00am

CANADA - Inshore fishermen in Atlantic Canada and Qubec 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 Canadas 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 recognises 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,” said Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

“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.”