FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Charlottetown, PE (February 28, 2014) – Better enforcement by Department of Fisheries and Oceans is essential to protecting stocks and ensuring fairness in Island fisheries, NDP officials were told by fishers and concerned citizens during a tour in western Prince Edward Island earlier this month.
“The Government’s sweeping changes and cuts to DFO are hindering the department’s ability to properly manage fish stocks,” said NDP Fisheries Critic Robert Chisholm (Dartmouth – Cole Harbour). “The department’s refusal to consult with fishermen on issues such a lobster tags, log books and the at-sea-observer program is putting the industry at risk. This is unacceptable,” added Chisholm.
Official Opposition Fisheries Critic Chisholm was hosted by NDP PEI Leader Mike Redmond and NDP Federal Council Representative Joe Byrne during his recent Island visit. “We heard from fishermen that they want laws enforced. Some fishermen are saying they have not seen a fisheries officer on their boats for four or five years”, added Redmond.
Since the New Democratic Party of Canada became Official Opposition in 2011 there have been 21 visits to PEI from NDP MPs. “The NDP is making sure that Opposition Critics are staying informed about issues important to Islanders. With Robert Chisholm having met with so many Islanders in his recent visit, we can be assured that our concerns are being heard in Ottawa,” concluded Byrne.
Leader, NDP PEI