06/08/2012 07:23 EDT | Updated 08/08/2012 05:12 EDT

Quebec's turbot allocation unfair, say western Nfld. fishermen

Western Newfoundland fishermen say Quebec fishermen have unfair access to turbot stocks in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.They say fishermen from Quebec are permitted to fish the stock earlier and are given a greater share of the quota.

Port au Choix fisherman Earl Keough said Quebec shouldn’t be given more than 80% of the annual turbot quota.

"You got one crowd from Quebec can fish for a month. I can’t fish for five days," said Keough

Fisherman Conway Caines agrees.

"The French boats are cleaning it all up," he said.

But federal fisheries officials said the fishermens’ complaints have no merit.

They said opening dates are set in consultation with fishermen and Newfoundland fishermen catch their fair share of the quota.