Fisheries and Oceans Canada strengthens protections for inshore commercial licence holders on East Coast

first_imgFisheries and Oceans Canada strengthens protections for inshore commercial licence holders on East Coast From: Fisheries and Oceans CanadaThe inshore fisheries of Canada’s East Coast are often family-run businesses that drive rural, local, regional, and national economies. The fisheries are the pride of our coastal communities, and the Government of Canada is committed to supporting their growth and prosperity.Ottawa, Ontario – The inshore fisheries of Canada’s East Coast are often family-run businesses that drive rural, local, regional, and national economies. The fisheries are the pride of our coastal communities, and the Government of Canada is committed to supporting their growth and prosperity.In December 2020, Fisheries and Oceans Canada published amended regulations that aim to strengthen and protect the independence of licence holders in commercial inshore fisheries in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.These amended regulations address a longstanding request from independent inshore commercial licence holders to formalize a variety of policies that govern their licences, including:ensuring inshore commercial licence holders retain the benefits generated by fishing, and are the ones personally fishing that licence;supporting the Owner/Operator and Fleet Separation Policies by prohibiting certain types of corporations from holding licences in the inshore sector; andintroducing eligibility criteria that will prevent the Minister from issuing inshore licences to Independent Core licence holders that have transferred the use or control of the rights and privileges conferred by the licence to a third party.As of April 1, 2021, all of these amended regulatory provisions will come into force. Inshore Independent Core licence holders will be required to:confirm that they are compliant with the amended regulations by completing the new electronic Declaration of Inshore Regulations Compliance. This declaration is available via the National Online Licensing System (NOLS); andmaintain a crew registry of all the crew members working aboard the vessel on every fishing trip. This information must be maintained for a period of five years. Details of the information required will be outlined in commercial licence conditions.These new measures are in place to strengthen the independence of hard-working inshore licence holders and to ensure that economic benefits stay with them and within their communities.Quotes“The Inshore Regulatory Amendments coming into force marks the beginning of a stronger, more independent inshore fishery. By enshrining the policies of owner-operator and fleet separation into law, we’ll help ensure that the revenue from the fishery stays in our coastal and rural communities. Thank you to the harvesters whose advocacy and partnership have led to these changes that will bring greater prosperity and opportunity to Atlantic Canada.”The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast GuardQuick factsIn June 2019, Canada modernized the Fisheries Act.In December 2020, Fisheries and Oceans Canada published amended regulations-amending the Atlantic Fishery Regulations, 1985 and the Maritime Provinces Fishery Regulations-taking further action to preserve and protect the independence of licence holders in commercial inshore fisheries in Atlantic Canada and Quebec. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Canada, crew, Fisheries, fishing, Force, Government, Internet, Jordan, law, licence, maritime, Minister, online, Ottawa, revenuelast_img

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