It’s a four-billion dollars industry for Canada, but few would suggest it is as healthy as it can be. The east coast fishery has for too many years been an industry of too many people chasing too few fish. Add to that the number of fish plants scattered around the coastline and the number of people holding seasonal jobs in those plants and it’s easy to accept that there needs to be some economies recognized.

In this Commentary, that first appeared in The Globe and Mail, Derek Butler from the Association of Seafood Producers of Newfoundland and Labrador provides suggestions on basic policy initiatives that would revitalize the commercial fishing industry. It’s just a matter of whether there’s the backbone to do it.

To read the complete Commentary, click here.

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