That's the word today from DFO, an official of which says the department will provide a "more detailed answer later with respect to the policy in the Maritimes region." Here's the post on DFO's Facebook page that's causing the confusion/questions/uproar.
And here's a picture that explains why the vessel length policy drives so many owner-operators mad.
Described as a floating "bait box," this fishing boat was built 45 feet long, but was cut down to 39/11 to meet government regulations.
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