Fishing Communities Count survey being conducted in N.B.

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All fishermen encouraged to fill the survey out

Fishermen in southwestern New Brunswick are being receiving surveyed.

The Fundy North and Fundy Weir Fishermen’s Associations have teamed up with researchers from the University of New Brunswick and Memorial University of Newfoundland to conduct an economic study of the inshore fisheries from St. Martin’s to Campobello Island. The survey is part of the Coastal CURA Project: Communities Managing Coasts Together.

The survey was being sent to all lobster and weir fishermen in LFA 36. It is a short, yet detailed, eight-page survey. Questions focus on employment, earnings, and costs of fishing.

Fishermen are under no obligation to answer questions and all answers are confidential and anonymous, only to be read by the university professors involved in the study. No personal information gathered in this survey will be shared with any other person, organization or government agency.

A summary of the results will be made public.

The inshore fishery contributes greatly to the local economy, but it is often overlooked by the general public and, more importantly, by policy makers say those conducting the survey. One reason for this is the lack of in-depth socio-economic data on the inshore fisheries.

Other industries regularly provide such statistics, but the fishing industry has rarely done that. The lack of concrete statistics makes it difficult to convince policy makers of the importance of the inshore fisheries to the region.

Therefore although they are not obligated to fill the survey out, it hoped all fishermen will fill it out. Success of this study depends on a high return rate. Fishermen are encouraged to call the Fundy North office at 902-529-4157 if they have any questions or comments on the survey. The office staff will help anyone fill out the survey if they are having trouble.

Organizations: University of New Brunswick and Memorial University of Newfoundland

Geographic location: N.B., New Brunswick, Campobello Island

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