Fish cuts on menu for Ottawa meeting

Newfoundland and Labrador's fisheries minister will fly to Ottawa for a Thursday meeting with his federal counterpart to talk about budget cuts.

Newfoundland and Labrador's Fisheries Minister Clyde Jackman will fly to Ottawa for a Thursday meeting with his federal counterpart to talk about budget cuts.

Jackman told CBC News he wants the federal government to reverse cuts it plans to make to fisheries scientific research.

Jackman said there have been previous cuts to that type of research in past years, and he plans on telling his federal counterpart Keith Ashfield that not only should future cuts be cancelled, but previous reductions should also be reversed.

"We, in this province," Jackman said, "have continually argued that there's been a reduction in DFO science, and we do, in fact, need more (research)."  

The federal budget brought down on Monday outlined more than $50 million in cuts to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Jackman said his message to Ashfield during the meeting will be simple: "We feel the downsizing of science has occurred and that we want you people to step it up."

CBC News has learned that the federal budget brought down Monday also included plans to close the Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre in St. John's. A spokesperson for Jackman's department said he now plans to also raise the closure during their meeting.

Shrimp quotas are also on the meeting's agenda.