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Cod fishermen trash DFO office

Last Updated Fri, 09 May 2003 20:06:12

CORNER BROOK, NFLD. - Declaring that desperate times call for desperate measures, angry fishermen and plant workers damaged a federal fisheries office in Corner Brook Friday.

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About 50 people
occupied the Department of Fisheries and Oceans office for several hours. They demanded Ottawa reinstate a 3,500-tonne, hook-and-line fishery. They also wanted compensation.

The protesters destroyed office equipment, emptied filing cabinets, defaced computer monitors, poured soft drinks over computer keyboards and ground food scraps into the carpet.

They also strung together lobster and crab tags into garlands and hung them around the office.

A small number of Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers were stationed outside the office during the occupation.

It's the latest in a series
of protests throughout Newfoundland and Labrador since Ottawa decided to shut down most of the remaining Atlantic cod fishery.

Newfoundland Premier Roger Grimes wants to renegotiate management of the fisheries and has called for new terms of Confederation for the province.

Written by CBC News Online staff



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