Hunter Tootoo abandoned his position as minister of Fisheries and Oceans just before debate over the controversial “Last in, First out” shrimp policy began, but a concerted effort from Nunavut stakeholders saw the territory achieve a positive outcome anyway.

“I was delighted on July 6 when the minister (Dominic Leblanc) clearly stated that policy is not a sustainable instrument of public policy and should be replaced by a system that they described as proportional sharing,” said Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson. “This is a great step forward but it’s not the end of the story.”

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Nunavut stakeholders overcame lack of representation to effectively lobby to scrap shrimp policy