Feds Reject Dual Marketing For Sask. Fish

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 13:30



The province’s minister of First Nations and Metis Relations says there’s been a slight setback in the effort to free Saskatchewan fishers from a federal marketing monopoly.


June Draude says Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea recently told her the federal government isn’t interested in allowing the fishers to have dual-marketing options.


Right now, fishers are forced to sell their product to the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation, based in Winnipeg.


The harvesters had hoped to sell their fish both to the FFMC and on the open market, but that apparently won’t happen.


Draude says she’s disappointed with the decision, but is still willing to back the harvesters.


The next step will be to assist the fishers with a revised offering memorandum, which must be approved by the Saskatchewan Securites Commission by June 30.