Uncertain Future For DFO In Northern Saskatchewan

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 14:37



Officials with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans say it’s still not clear what impact a new downsizing plan will have on northern Saskatchewan.


According to the DFO’s Phil Jenkins, the federal agency is under orders to cut costs and find loose change wherever it can.


That means a total of 56 jobs could be lost throughout central Canada over the next three years.


Jenkins says the agency is also trying to modernize the way it regulates inland fish populations and habitats.


Jenkins says educating residents about what is allowed near lakes and streams could potentially be a better method than outright enforcement.


He stresses the plan is still in its infancy, though, and open to change.