Inshore fishermen in Atlantic Canada and Québec are reminded that they have until April 12 to terminate or adjust their controlling agreements in order to comply with the policy on Preserving the Independence of the Inshore Fleet in Canada’s Atlantic Fisheries (PIIFCAF).
Since the policy was implemented in 2007, hundreds of fishermen have taken back control of their enterprise by terminating or modifying their controlling agreements. However, a small percentage of fishermen remain in controlling agreements. The department will continue to work with them directly to ensure they understand the policy requirements and what is required to comply with them.
· The purpose of the PIIFCAF Policy was to eliminate controlling agreements in the Atlantic inshore fisheries.
· A controlling agreement is an agreement between a licence holder (fisherman) and an individual or entity that permits someone other than the licence holder to control or influence the licence holder’s decision to submit a request to DFO for a licence transfer.
· Inshore fishermen had seven years to bring themselves into compliance with the policy. The deadline to terminate or amend a controlling agreement to comply with the PIIFCAF policy is April 12.