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Day 10; Hunger Strike of Canadian Fisherman Richard Gillett – ‘Richard is very, very weak’

As Richard Gillett hits Day 10 of his hunger strike outside the Fisheries and Oceans building in St. John’s, his father wants him to stop it. His father, John Gillett, was standing outside in the misty rain on Saturday, with about 20 other protesters. “Richard is not doing well today. Richard is very, very weak,” said John Gillett. But, said John Gillett, somebody — “unfortunately, it’s my son” — has to stick up for the Newfoundland fishery. “This is a fish harvester who’s sick of kicking the can down the road and being bullied by the government, by DFO, and he’s going to be bullied out of the fishery just like a good many more people are.” (he’s right, you know. Set up to fail from poor fishery management.) click here to read the story 16:57

Easter Sunday marks the fourth day of Canadian Fisherman Richard Gillett’s hunger strike.

The vice-president of the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) set up camp in front of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans headquarters in St. John’s on Thursday. One of Gillett’s requests is a meeting with Dominic LeBlanc, the federal minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, to ask for an independent review of science and management at DFO. “Up until right now we haven’t heard anything from Minister LeBlanc,” Gillett said. Gillett said he thinks the fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador is close to extinction. click here to read the story 17:25

BREAKING: Canadian Fisherman flown to hospital after falling overboard BREAKING: TO BE UPDATED

A 40-year-old fisherman was sent to hospital after falling overboard off the South Shore on Monday morning. Read more here   13:28

UPDATE: A 40-year-old man who fell overboard from a lobster fishing boat off the province’s southwest coast is in critical condition, RCMP say. But a spokesman for the military’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax said the man was not breathing when he was recovered from the cold water. “The crew immediately began CPR,” said Major Martell Thompson. It is not known what caused the man to fall. There are reports he may have sustained head injuries. Read more here chronicleherald 15:41