Gerry Reid, Opposition Fisheries Critic and MHA for the District of
Twillingate-Fogo, fears the pilot project for production quotas in the crab
fishery would be extended to two years because of this yearís reduced
fishing season. Reid says these fears arise from the refusal of the Premier
to answer a direct question regarding this issue in the House of Assembly on
"After listening to the Premier this afternoon, I
believe the production quota pilot project will last for at least two
years," said Mr. Reid. "The Premier would not respond to my questions when I
asked if the pilot project would be extended for a second year. Instead, the
Premier stated that he would follow the recommendation of Mr. Cashin. I now
fear that Mr. Cashin will recommend this project for another full year due
to this summerís reduced fishing season. This will provide the Premier with
an excuse to achieve his ultimate goal of a two year pilot project.
"The Premier stated two weeks ago that this pilot project would only last
three months. However, he would not stand and provide the same answer today.
It is unfortunate that the Premier may hide behind Mr. Cashin to get his two
year pilot project through the back door. I hope Mr. Cashin realizes this
scenario when he makes his recommendation later this year."