Tag Archives: FFAW-Unifor President Keith Sullivan

Inshore harvesters, including a member of FFAW’s inshore council dispute snow crab science

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) questions why the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans would report poor scientific signs of snow crab when it’s not the full picture of the state of the resource. The results of crab surveys carried out by inshore harvesters won’t be available until December. “The science is only half of the story — inshore harvesters have the other half,” says Ryan Cleary, President of FISH-NL. “This shows the same old disconnect exists between DFO science and what harvesters are reporting on the water. Why does DFO report doom and gloom when all the information is not on the table?” click here to read the press release 09:19

SHRIMP GUTTED: “It’s going to be very tough on a lot of people.”

ffaw sullivanA decision by Ottawa to cut into the total allowable catch (TAC) for Shrimp Fishing Area 6 drew swift response on Friday, with “disappointing” being a go-to word in reference to the numbers. The fishing area is located off Newfoundland’s Northern Peninsula and southern Labrador and shared by both the inshore and offshore shrimp fleets.For 2016-17, federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc set the total allowable catch at 27,825 tonnes — a 42.3 per cent drop year over year. The slash in quota is a direct result of a plummeting shrimp stock. And it amounts to a hard blow for the commercial fishery. Read the rest here 09:38

Scallop fishermen protest at Clearwater plant in Grand Bank for Access to Traditional Grounds

scallopers protest clearwaterWayne Meade, one of the organizers of the protest, said fishermen in the area are fed up and want answers from their union – Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) – and the federal government about access to nearby fishing grounds. The harvesters believe they should be able to once again fish the southern and middle scallop beds on St. Pierre Bank, Meade said. “We had a licence to fish anywhere on St. Pierre Bank for 25, 30 year. Overnight that was took from us in 2006 and give to Clearwater and the offshore boats – the companies,” Meade said. Meade said inshore fishermen were then limited to the northwest part of the bank, which had already been largely raked clean by factory trawlers. Read the rest here 07:18

Mulcair fisheries commitment brings hope to Newfoundland and Labrador

JUNE 8, 2015, ST. JOHN’S – Last Thursday in Corner Brook, nearly a hundred fish harvesters, concerned citizens and political leaders gathered to stand up for fair fisheries management.  One speech in particular brought considerable hope to the rally attendees, as well as to thousands of others who could not be there in person. NDP MHA and fisheries critic Lorraine Michael read a statement from federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair. Read the press release here 08:04

Rally on Thursday, June 4, Corner Brook – Newfoundland and Labrador standing up for fair fisheries management

“These continued attacks by the federal Conservative government on rural Newfoundland and Labrador are shameful,” said FFAW-Unifor President Keith Sullivan. “The federal government seems to be under the impression that the economic sustainability Newfoundland and Labrador is unimportant to Canada. Recent analyses by others, such as BMO, suggest the contrary. The fishery is the economic future of our province but with management trends like this we will have no future.” Read the rest here  14:31