Yesterday, July 25, 2017, FNFA Executive Director, Maria Recchia, as well as MP’s Karen Ludwig and Alaina Lockhart were at a meeting of the Canadian Independent Fish Harvester’s Federation in Nova Scotia where Minister Dominic LeBlanc announced that he WILL include Owner Operator in HIS PROPOSAL FOR DRAFTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE Fisheries Act amendments presented to CABINET, hopefully this fall. He said that he is committed to enshrining the Owner Operator in law, and instructed senior DFO staff (many of whom were present) to make sure the enforcement is done. This is huge news and what the Federation has been lobbying for for the last 5 years. Thank you Minister LeBlanc!

Minister Dominic LeBlanc, FNFA Executive Director Maria Recchia, MP Alaina Lockhart