OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Conservative Critic for Fisheries and Oceans, Mark Strahl, today issued the following statement in response to the Liberal government’s announcement that it would scrap the Last In, First Out (LIFO) policy for the northern shrimp fishery: “Today’s decision is a betrayal of the offshore fishermen who built the northern shrimp fishery and entered into a deal with the government in good faith to share that resource with their inshore colleagues after the cod collapse. “The Liberal government’s refusal to support LIFO is both misguided and hypocritical, since it was Jean Chrétien’s government that first implemented the policy in 1997. “The Ministerial Advisory Panel struck by the previous Fisheries Minister was biased and unbalanced in its composition and did not take into full consideration the importance of the offshore fishery in its recommendations. “Given the fact that shrimp stocks are retreating further north, over time proportional sharing could potentially result in unsafe fishing by inshore-sized boats in territory that only offshore boats are built for, putting the lives of fishermen at risk. “I strongly urge the Minister to respect the recommendations made at the next Northern Shrimp Advisory Committee meeting and to work with members of the offshore fleet to reach an acceptable sharing arrangement.”