Fishers Still Advocating For Marketing Rights

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 15:14



A consultant for Saskatchewan commercial fishers says progress continues to be made in their quest to begin marketing fish on the open market in three years’ time.


Larry Goodfellow says they have given the province a proposed budget of what they will need during the transition period away from the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation (FFMC).


He says that despite the fact Ottawa won’t give the fishers dual marketing rights, he still expects the federal government to buy Saskatchewan fishers’ catch until they actually leave the FFMC.


He says the fishers hope to begin that process this July 1st, and end it on July 1, 2012.


He doesn’t expect fishers will notice any difference in their day-to-day operations over that crucial three-year period.


Goodfellow says he is holding out hope that the feds will someday buy fish from the Saskatchewan commercial fishers, even after they’re broken away from the FFMC.