24. FRCC recommendations have led to radical reductions in the quotas for many Atlantic Canadian groundfish stocks and the complete closures of fishing on others. While certainly not popular, these measures have been generally accepted by the industry as necessary in a way that they would not if they had originated from within DFO. The FRCC's findings and decisions have a legitimacy that derives foremost from its broadly inclusive and representative membership and its open and democratic process. This legitimacy is further enhanced by the Council's perceived independence from the political bureaucracy of the state and the perceived competence of its members.