|Prince Rupert's Prawn fishers are concerned on the impact of|
new regulations from DFO on their industry
A recent announcement by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans that changes how fish harvesters can work the prawn fishery is getting some push back from those in the industry, with Fisheries for Communities launching a petition to urge DFO to reconsider its moves.
Last Week DFO revised the regulations on the prawn fishery announcing that the practice o tubbing will be prohibited as the frozen blocks of prawns prevent DFO inspectors ready access to the prawns in the catch.
Tubbing is a method that prawn harvesters have used for over fifty years and those in the industry are angered by the fact that DFO made the decision without any consultation.
As part of the petition call, Fisheries for Communities note the challenges that the DFO decision will bring to those who fish the resources from area waters.DFO’s decision, in the middle of the pandemic, is adding more strife to fish harvesters, who are already facing huge market challenges.