05/22/2015 09:10 EDT | Updated 05/22/2016 05:59 EDT

Newfoundland and Labrador outraged by quota allocation in Gulf of St. Lawrence

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The government of Newfoundland and Labrador says it is outraged with an increase in the quota for Atlantic halibut in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

It says the decision announced Thursday by federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea takes halibut away from Newfoundland harvesters and gives it to fishermen in the Maritime Provinces.

Fisheries Minister Vaughn Granter says Shea has ignored an established sharing arrangement on quotas in the gulf in what he says is a political decision in an election year.

He says the federal decision gives a disproportionate increase in the halibut allocation to Shea's home province of Prince Edward Island.

Newfoundland's Fisheries Department says the province's west coast fleet will receive approximately 21 tonnes of the increase instead of the 50 tonnes it should receive based on the established sharing arrangement.

Granter is calling on Shea to reverse her decision.