Ottawa Must Compensate Shrimp‎ Sector

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

July 19, 2016


For Immediate Release




Ottawa Must Compensate and Support Affected Shrimp‎ Sector Workers


Kevin Parsons, Fisheries Critic for the Official Opposition, said the Government of Canada should compensate shrimp sector workers negatively impacted by quota cuts recently imposed by Ottawa - and Parsons added that Minister Crocker and the Liberal government ‎should be advocating for an appropriate compensation and adjustment program.


"Minister Crocker should be proactive and act immediately to advocate for federal support for those impacted. When federal quota cuts impacted the Northern Cod sector, Ottawa stepped up with compensation and adjustment measures. Ottawa has sole authority to set quotas, and its decision regarding shrimp quotas will take some $70 million a year out of our rural communities' economies and affect upwards of 1,500 harvesters and 1,500 plant workers. Some community plants could even go under. Offshore companies, their crews, suppliers and many others will suffer consequences of the quota cuts as well. Minister Crocker should launch a coordinated approach, and have people on the ground in communities to work with those impacted.


"This is an impact our province cannot bear alone, nor should it have to‎. It's high time for the Ball Liberals to stand up for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians and demand federal action when it's clearly needed and warranted. Minister Crocker has stated he is 'disappointed' on the reduced quota, but what is he doing about it?" said Parsons.


The Official Opposition ‎is calling for grassroots action to put pressure on both levels of government until an appropriate compensation and adjustment program is put in place.


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Media Contact: Heather MacLean, Director of Communications, Office of the Official Opposition


(709) 729 6105


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