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HOW MUCH NORTHERN COD WILL INDIGENOUS GROUPS GET?

That’s the question following DFO’s announcement Friday that the first 115,000 tonnes of northern cod will be set aside for “the inshore sector and Indigenous groups in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

The other question is whether the decision will be put in legislation. Policy won’t cut it, because federal ministers/government can change their mind anytime.

For years, the unofficial federal government policy was that the first 115,000 tonnes of northern cod would be set aside for the inshore, with no mention of indigenous groups.

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Meantime, the northern cod fishery is God knows how many years away from a 115,000-tonne quota. The 2021 quota for the so-called “stewardship” fishery has been set at 12,999 tonnes, a 5% increase from last year. It’s been 29 years since the northern cod moratorium, and Ottawa announced a controversial recovery plan late last year …


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