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BC salmon fishery needs more transparency

'Stacking' quotas lets corporate owners pay less for catch while employing fewer fishermen.

Haig-Brown: Canada respects capital investment in the boat over rights of citizens to make a living.April 25, 2011: Alan Haig-Brown, author of , says in The Tyee that non-fishing private commercial interests have taken the livelihood away from legitimate fishermen and the right of the public to know how much fish remains in the water.

"The answer I received [when I tried to learn how corporations "stack" quotas to cut jobs and up profit], in so many words, was: none of your business... This was the reply that I got from Beth Pechter of the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans after six months of requesting the number of quotas transferred amongst the 130 or so vessels that were eligible to take part in the spectacular 2010 return of sockeye salmon through Johnstone StraitsÂ…."

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Posted: April 27, 2011

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