Last In, First Out review sees duelling public campaigns by shrimp harvesters

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans will review the Last In, First Out policy for the Northern Shrimp Fishery and that has two groups launching two very different public campaigns.
The shrimp fishery brings important revenue into coastal communities like Port de Grave. (Eddy Kennedy/CBC)

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans will review the Last In, First Out (LIFO) policy for the northern shrimp fishery and that has two groups of harvesters launching two very different public campaigns. 

Earlier this year the federal government announced it would temporarily suspend the controversial policy. 
The lucrative shrimp fishery is under review, and now groups from the inshore and offshore sectors have each launched a video campaign to support their stake. ((Image courtesy of Aldric D'Eon))

Some fishermen fear a review will work against the smaller inshore boats as they were the last to enter the fishery.

In an attempt to win favour by tugging on the hearts and minds of people in this province, both inshore and offshore supporters have released videos.

On May 3, the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) launched it's campaign in support of the inshore sector on it's ChooseHome.ca website.

It followed the April 8 launch of a campaign WeFishForNL.ca  by the Canadian Association of Prawn Producers (CAPP), which represents larger vessels.

CAPP is pushing to keep LIFO and makes it's case for a sustainable year-round offshore fishery in a video of its own.

A four-person panel will be appointed to review the policy with a report expected to be released in mid-June.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of the story had said a seven-person panel would review the LIFO policy. The panel has four members.
    May 04, 2016 9:35 AM NT