Salmon Fishery Sell Out

July 3, 1998


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Salmon Fishery Sell Out
dated July 3, 1998

Salmon Fishery Sell Out
The federal government's 375 million dollar program for the west coast salmon fishery is aimed at helping Liberal insiders at the expense of the small boat commercial fleet, says the head of the United Fishers and Allied Workers Union-CAW.

John Radosevic
UFAWU / CAW President
"What we're seeing is a deliberate dislocation, so that people can't take advantage of the fishing that is sustainable and is available to us. This is a deliberate attempt to undermine the industry, to the extent that is necessary to force the smaller operators out, to force them into bankruptcy, to force them to take buy-backs and so-forth, in order to preserve the industry for Liberal insiders."

While the federal program has money earmarked for rebuilding the salmon habitat, Radosevic says it is all smoke and mirrors.

John Radosevic
UFAWU / CAW President

"Very little of the habitat money is available to do work. Some 10 million dollars per year for the next five years. It's less than what the Department of Fisheries own scientists say is required to address the situation.
Thirty million dollars of the hundred million dollars is actually money that they're just going to put in the bank and use the interest on. Twenty million dollars is going into existing programs.
No where in the program is there any mention that fishermen or displaced fishing industry workers will be put to work fixing the habitat."


What the fishers on the west coast would like to see is a commitment from Ottawa to rebuild the fishery.

John Radosevic
UFAWU / CAW President
"What we need here is we need a vision for the future that says that there will be properly developed fishing plans; that we can take the species that are available on a sustained basis. We need to see some investment in things like the development of new fisheries and making sure that we have more value added on the stocks that we already have; that we protect our markets. We also need to see people out there working on habitat, so that we bring back the fish that are in crisis. It can be done."

Radosevic vows the fight to save the small boat commercial salmon fishery will continue this summer in various forms.


CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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