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Nova Scotia Fisheries Minister Jim Barkhouse said today that the
apparent impasse between the federal fisheries minister and
protesters occupying federal offices remains a serious matter.

"We are exploring every possible option to resolve differences
between protesters, representatives of fishing organizations and
the minister's office. Following meetings with leaders of fishing
organizations last week at Province House, I have been calling
Ottawa on a daily basis. The time to appoint a mediator is fast
approaching," Mr. Barkhouse said.

"Mr. Mifflin has indicated that he is prepared to discuss several
contentious issues, including licensing policies, quotas and
management plans, but questions about his intentions to move
forward with the Fisheries Act have not been answered. Certainly
more time for full and frank debate is required and it would be
helpful to know what the government intends to do," said Mr.

He said he has offered South Shore MP Derek Wells and DFO's
senior regional officials assistance from the Province, "and we
are prepared to convene meetings or mediate if requested to do


Contact: Diane Kenny  902-424-0308

trp                     Feb. 21, 1996 - 4:47 p.m.