Celebrity fisherman on hunger strike over Canadian fisheries management

Activist says he is prepared to die to protect fishing heritage in the region.

Celebrity fisherman and Vice-President of the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador Richard Gillett is in his seventh day of a hunger strike in a protest over Canada's fisheries management.

In recent weeks, The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced massive quota cuts for the region's two main commercial species, shrimp and snow crab, claiming both stocks are in trouble.

Gillett, who starred three seasons on the reality TV series 'Cold Water Cowboys,' is now living in a tent at federal fisheries headquarters in St. John’s and said he’s prepared to die for his cause, reports CBC.

He has slept there six nights and said he has consumed just water since starting his protest on Thursday, reports The Canadian Press.

Gillett is calling for a teleconference meeting with federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc and an independent review of science and management for all provincial fish stocks.


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