Commentary by Paul Watson
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Another Canadian Fishery Heading for Collapse

Snow crabs

The Newfoundland fishermen, famed for massacring defenseless baby seals and destroying the Northern Atlantic cod fishery, are now energetically working towards wiping out another species.

This time, their greed is impacting the Atlantic snow crab. Currently, the crab fishery is hauling in some $500 million annually and employing about 4,000 fishermen in the Atlantic Provinces. About $300 million worth of crabs are taken in Newfoundland.

The Canadian Department of Oceans and Fisheries (DFO) is seemingly intent upon repeating the same mistakes they made with the cod. The focus being to protect the current profits and not the species.

The Canadian Resource Conservation Council has already warned Canadian Fisheries Minister Geoff Regan that the snow crab populations are not sustainable. "Nobody really knows whether we're headed toward a collapse, but what we do have is a resource in sharp decline in some areas," said John Angel, a fisheries consultant and Canadian Resource Conservation Council member from Nova Scotia.

As it turns out the decline in "some" areas includes the northern Gulf of St. Lawrence; along Quebec's North Shore; near the Cape Breton region of Nova Scotia; and in the waters off Newfoundland and Labrador

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