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Indigenous communities in New Brunswick to benefit from increased snow crab – APTN

by ahnationtalk on April 21, 201712 Views

April 20, 2017

Mi’kmaq and Maliseet communities in New Brunswick are hoping a bump in their snow crab quotas will help pay for programs that are underfunded by the federal government.

The department of Fisheries and Oceans announced April 12 it is using a surplus of crab stocks to ensure Indigenous communities receive an increase in their Total Allowable Catch (TAC).

“The communities will substantially benefit from any increase in the level of harvest,” said John G. Paul, executive director of Atlantic Policy Congress. “Both on the employment side, as well as the revenue side.”

Paul said the minister made a positive decision in targeting Indigenous communities so they can use the extra money to offset financial shortfalls or services not funded by the government.

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