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BC delegation asking DFO to break fishing industry monopoly

A delegation of BC shore workers and commercial license holders is in Ottawa today in an effort to save North Coast fishing jobs.

Representatives, including the United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union, appeared before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.

Skeena Bulkley Valley NDP MP Nathan Cullen says it was a good opportunity for MPs to hear voices from the north coast.

They’re seeking changes to federal legislation which would require local processing and individual licence ownership.

Canfisco cited falling demand last fall when it announced it was shuttering its Prince Rupert salmon cannery, a move that would cost hundreds of seasonal jobs in Prince Rupert.

Cullen says current federal regulations favour big business at the expense of individual boat operators.

He says rules that allow North Coast fish to be processed in China and Alaska and nearly 80% of of commercial licences to be bought up by corporations are killing coastal communities.

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