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Premier John Savage said today he is "encouraged" by Ottawa's 
response to changes in federal fisheries policies proposed by
Nova Scotia fishermen this week.

"The federal government's willingness to amend its policies
proves that value of people sitting down and negotiating

"Seldom before in the history of this province have so many
people pulled together to fight for community survival," the
premier said. "While there are many different views about
managing the fishery, Nova Scotians are united in their
determination to chart their own future courses. Fishing is a
business and it is also a way of life."

The premier and Fisheries Minister Jim Barkhouse said they
welcomed today's announcement by Federal Fisheries Minister Fred
Mifflin of a new industry definition of a "core" fishermen.
Ottawa has agreed to designate as a core fisherman, "any head of
a fishing enterprise who has 75 per cent of his earned income
from fishing."

The federal minister also agreed to accept industry's request to
put a freeze on Individual Transferable Quotas (ITQs) for the
fixed gear fleet for 1996 and to initiate a mediation process to
develop a fixed gear groundfish management plan for 1996 as early
as next week.

The premier said he spoke to the federal minister on several
occasions about the possibility of a face-to face meeting between
federal fisheries officials and Nova Scotia fishermen. The most
recent request came following a meeting in Halifax between the
premier, Mr. Barkhouse and a delegation of fish industry

Last October the Nova Scotia Legislature unanimously passed a
resolution asking the Prime Minister to recognize the diversity
and uniqueness of Nova Scotia's fishing industry.

"We asked for the opportunity to develop appropriate,
made-in-Nova Scotia strategies for building a sustainable
fishery. Last week I called again to repeat our request. In
addition our members of parliament spent many hours talking with
Mr. Mifflin and his officials. Working together with fishermen
and communities, we succeeded in making our voice heard in

Mr. Barkhouse said he was pleased that additional time will be
given to review and revise the draft Fisheries Act (Bill C-115).
"Through the legislative process, such as the federal fisheries
committee, industry will have an opportunity to discuss, define
and codify the values and principles which will guide fisheries
management into the next century," Mr. Barkhouse said.


Contact: David Harrigan 902-424-6600

jlw                       Mar. 08, 1996        3:45 p.m.