12/27/2014 10:23 EST | Updated 02/26/2015 05:59 EST

Cuts to inshore shrimp quota impacting Newfoundland and Labrador: union

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The Fish, Food and Allied Workers union in Newfoundland and Labrador says a reduction of inshore shrimp quotas this year is impacting rural economies.

Union president Keith Sullivan says the federal government cut inshore quotas by nearly 27 per cent this year, while offshore shrimp quotes only saw a three per cent reduction.

Sullivan says the inshore quota reduction has had a noticeable impact on coastal communities in Newfoundland and Labrador.

He says the union recognizes that the average person may not understand the impact that cuts to shrimp quotas may have on the province, so they are launching an education campaign.

Inshore boats fish around the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador and the shrimp is processed at plants on land, while the offshore fishery is conducted by large factory ships and the processing is done onboard the ship.