HALIFAX - An environmental group says Nova Scotia's fishery needs to become a more local, sustainable industry that supports independent fishermen.
In a report released today, the Ecology Action Centre in Halifax says the industry has for too long focused on exporting high volumes of unprocessed seafood to international markets for a lower cost.
The report says there is an appetite for environmentally sustainable seafood caught locally in small-scale fisheries, but most consumers are buying fish that has been processed and packaged overseas for large companies.
Report co-author Dave Adler says it is more costly to run a sustainable fishery, but consumers are willing to pay for a quality product if they know where it's coming from.
Adler says independent fishermen aren't getting a fair price for their catch and are struggling to compete against big firms with higher quotas, bigger boats and better equipment.
He says consumers and restaurants need to demand sustainable products.