Senate considers rule reforms that would help protect independence of fishermen

The Senate is considering changes to the federal Fisheries Act that could protect the independence of lobster fishermen.

Canada's seafood exports increased nearly $1 billion over the past two years and as a result, some processors have been providing fish harvesters with loans in exchange for a piece of their operations.

The Maritime Fishermen's Union has been campaigning for laws to protect fishermen from that practice for nearly two decades.

Changes being considered include measures aimed at protecting habitats and the recovery of marine species, as well as giving government more power to protect the independence of fishermen.

(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)