NDP candidate proposes solution to fishery privatization issue…

The halibut quota system is broken and needs to be fixed, said Nathan Cullen, the NDP candidate for Skeena Bulkley-Valley.

In a press release sent out yesterday, Cullen said the policies of the Department of Fisheries & Oceans (DFO) privatize a public resource and hurt B.C.’s coastal economy. As such, he said reforms need to be made to the current system.

“One solution being proposed would see DFO take back quota from non-active quota holders and reallocated it to the active commercial and recreational sectors,” stated Cullen in the press release. “This will give fishermen greater access to the resource, and ensure that more value stays with the people who catch the fish.”

In an interview with Muskeg News, Cullen said this would take the form of a buy-back from quota holders. He also said the quota system was a problem from the time it was implemented. “The person who owns it should fish it,” he said.

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