An organization representing commercial fishing groups from the three coasts says DFO shares in the responsibility of protecting coastal communities.
Melanie Sonnenburg is president of the Canadian Independent Fish Harvesters Federation.
She hopes that changes coming to Canada's Fisheries Act will have the regulatory teeth to go along with the legislation.
Sonnenburg says that will be critical especially in terms of protecting the owner/operator policy.
She uses this analogy.
"It would be somewhat similar to looking at a mom-and-pop store in a small community then a bog box store moves in and wipes that store out."
Sonnenburg says corporate ownership in the inshore fishery means a shift in wealth distribution.
"The corporate side is taking money from the community and taking it elsewhere to a head office, maybe somewhere in an another country."
She says once that happens coastal communities begin to shut down.