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NL First Nations should have access to other Atlantic fisheries: Byrne – The Gulf News

by ahnationtalk on March 9, 201887 Views

Minister says there’s still hope to reverse arctic surf clam quota decision

Fisheries and Land Resources Minister Gerry Byrne proposes a tit-for-tat on Indigenous claims to Atlantic-Canadian fish quotas.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced last month that a lucrative 25 per cent share of the arctic surf clam quota was awarded to the Five Nations Clam Co., headed by Chief Aaron Stock of the Elsipogtog First Nations Band of New Brunswick.

Byrne says if that company can reserve space for groups to take a part of the surf clam quota, then this province should be able to reserve space for its First Nations groups in other quotas in Atlantic fisheries.

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