U.S.-Canadian tuna treaty talks get heated
The Canadian government has raised the ire of American tuna fishermen by cutting off their Canadian port privileges just as exploratory talks are set to start over the lucrative Canada-U.S. albacore fishery.
Hope is fading that the 31-year-old treaty allowing Canadians and Americans to fish across borders can be resurrected for this season’s fishery.
The Canadian albacore fishery is valued at about CAD 30 million a year.
Wayne Heikkila, the executive director of the Western Fishboat Owners Association based in Redding, Calif., said a one-year suspension of the treaty would actually be helpful to allow his group to gather data and assess fleets and economic benefits.