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Gander Chamber staging fishery info session for Central region

Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Hazel Bishop, believes the discussions they’re hosting next week on the declining crab and shrimp fisheries are important to the entire Central region.

Phil Barnes, general manager of the Fogo Island Co-op.

The Chamber issued an invitation to business and community leaders to hear what a local expert,  Fogo Island Co-Op general manager Phil Barnes, has to say on the industry.

“The impact the decline of the crab and shrimp fisheries will have on the local economy,” is how the Chamber described the focal point of the session in an invitation issued to its 320 members on Thursday.

“Learn about the decline of the crab and shrimp fisheries in our region and the decision looming on the LIFO (last in-first out) policy that DFO has in place for the Northern shrimp fishery and how it will greatly impact rural Newfoundland communities, the return of the cod fishery and new and emerging fisheries,” the invitation added.

Barnes is on the Provincial Council for LIFO, noted Bishop.

“We’re hoping to get a lot of feedback and questions,” the CEO added.

“It’s not just Gander, this affects the entire Central area,” she continued. “Urban areas like us, Lewisporte and Grand Falls-Windsor will feel the effects of any cuts to the fishery.”

The session starts 6:30 p.m., Tue., May 17 at Hotel Gander.

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