Fishers Still Waiting For Freedom From FFMC

Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 15:25



Northern Saskatchewan fishers are hoping to receive a letter soon from the federal government, supporting them in their bid to break away from the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation.


The president of the Saskatchewan Commercial Fishers Co-operative, Albert Pahlke, says the provincial government is on side with the idea.


Pahlke explains efforts were derailed somewhat when Lloyla Hearn was replaced as the federal fisheries minister by Gail Shea.


However, he hopes completion of the recent federal budget will help jump-start the process.


Pahlke says they are asking for a transition period of three to five years, should the break from the FFMC be approved.


Sources say fishers in northwestern Ontario are also considering whether or not to withdraw from the FFMC.