|For the second year in a row the Federal Government has|
suspended plans for changes to the Prawn industry
(Photo from Fisheries for Communities website)
Federal Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray has kicked the controversial plans to band the use of prawn tubbing down the road another year, with the Minister announcing a suspension of the plans to ban the practice of on board freezing of prawns for the 2022 season.
The announcement came out of Vancouver on Monday and will be welcome news for the industry which had been pushing back on the Federal plan since it was announced last year, with efforts in mid December which included a petition to the government setting the table for discussions.
In her notes from the Monday announcement, the Minister observed the following:
Feedback from the Pacific Prawn Fishermen’s Association (PPFA) and prawn harvesters over the course of the 2020-21 season helped inform DFO’s efforts to clarify existing regulations that apply to the practice of on-board freezing of prawns (known as prawn tubbing) in the commercial prawn fishery. For the 2022-23 Prawn and Shrimp by Trap season, harvesters may continue using existing containers to package frozen prawn tails in liquid, such as seawater, on-board their vessels. This decision gives harvesters adequate time to prepare for a transition to new standards for packaging frozen prawn tails in seawater on-board vessels in 2023.