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Coronavirus: Hundreds of fish harvesters gather to protest – Concerns include low crab prices, trip limits and lack of federal funding

More than 200 fish harvesters stood side by side Saturday afternoon,,, The atmosphere was tense as protestors filled the parking lot of the Fish Food and Allied Workers Union’s headquarters in St. John’s to express their displeasure with the union’s actions on issues like low crab prices, trip limits and lack of federal funding. The crab season is slated to start Monday. “What did you do about it? F–king nothing,” one protestor yelled at FFAW President Keith Sullivan. Petty Harbour harvester Ronnie Bidgood said the union has told harvesters they are trying to get better prices, but he believes it is impossible in the current financial climate. “There is no cruise ships, there is no big restaurants, nothing is opening up, nobody is buying any shellfish,” he said. “FFAW has done nothing for us.” photo’s, video clips, >click to read< 19:11

Letter: Fish harvesters deserve better – Jim Radford, St. John’s

Fish harvesters: are they entrepreneurs, employees or employers? They belong to the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW), which looks to me like an employees union. Now they want to form their own new union; that puzzles me because the title “union” has been captured by governments and organized groups of employees to act in negotiations between employees and employers. Why does it matter if they call FISH-NL a union, or something different? I think it is a matter of focus. Back to the first question, are they entrepreneurs? As a retired entrepreneur, I have always thought that an entrepreneur is a person or entity that has investment at risk for entrepreneurial gain. That is the bedrock of a free enterprise system. Great letter. Read the rest here 11:38

FISH-NL challenges FFAW to public debate

ffaw-clearyFISH-NL’s Ryan Cleary is challenging the leadership of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) to a public debate, in the latest salvo between the two groups vying to represent the province’s fish harvesters. “Fish harvesters deserve answers, honesty, and a clear vision for the future — not yet more FFAW lies and deception,” said FISH-NL president Ryan Cleary in a news release on Monday. “Most fish harvesters do not trust the FFAW, or, as the union is better known these days, the ‘saltwater mafia.’ Cleary wants a debate to quash what he calls the “smears and fear mongering” by the FFAW around several issues, including that FISH-NL supports an end to the northern cod stewardship fishery. “The union has mutated into a business that prospers as the fishery dies at its feet,” Cleary said. The FFAW is gaining the support of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour in its ongoing war of words with FISH-NL. Read the rest here 11:37

FISH-NL leaders on tour, 15 formal meetings scheduled

ryan-cleary-st-john-sThe Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH NL) will begin the first leg of a provincial tour this week, with dozens of stops in Labrador, the Great Northern Peninsula, and western Newfoundland.  “We have 15 formal meetings scheduled with fish harvesters from Port Hope Simpson, Labrador to Burgeo, Newfoundland, but we’ll be looking to meet fish harvesters wherever they gather — on the wharves or stages, in their kitchens and community halls,” says Ryan Cleary, president of FISH-NL, who will lead the tour. FISH-NL’s membership drive began on Nov. 1, with more than 9,000 cards distributed to date around Newfoundland and Labrador by roughly 100 volunteers. The membership drive will distribute and collect cards, as well as hear from fish harvesters on their concerns. “There’s an electricity today in Newfoundland and Labrador, a stirring on the wharves and stages, in the coves and harbours that hasn’t been felt in modern times,” says Cleary. “Fish harvesters are taking a last stand for a fishing industry that has been brutalized by decades of failed management and poor leadership. The salt and pepper revolution is a fight for NL’s most endangered species — fishermen and women.” 13:47

Quality more important than quantity in cod fishing, says FFAW

cod-fishResearchers with the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) are working with fish harvesters to determine how to ensure cod caught in Newfoundland and Labrador is top quality. As Newfoundlanders and Labradorians can attest, many can tell the difference between a great piece of cod and an average one. And the FFAW’s new project is aiming to close the gap between the two.  Bill Broderick, the inshore director of the FFAW, told CBC’s The Broadcast that 32 harvesters have signed on for the project. He said fish harvesters need to ensure they catch quality cod because, these days, quality is more important than quantity. Read the rest here 09:47

Inshore Fishermen Frustrated with the Fish Food and Allied Workers Union – What Representation?!!

I want to express my displeasure and frustration with the Fish Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) union. My goal, along with the help of fellow fishers, is to prove that we, the inshore fisher people, are being misrepresented by the FFAW and seek an inquiry into the affairs of this union that represent the inshore fishers here.  Problems and disagreements with the FFAW: Read the rest here  08:10

FFAW’s Keith Sullivan on what’s ahead for the fishery in 2015

In an interview regarding what’s ahead for the fishery in 2015, the new president of the Fish Food and Allied Workers Union, Keith Sullivan, spoke with the CBC’s Jamie Baker about what he expects to run into during his first full year on the job. Sullivan talks about a shaky inshore shrimp fishery, concerns in the crab sector — as well as how the low price of oil could actually help the province’s seafood sector. Listen to the interview here 09:44

Crab dumping lawsuit settled out of court

CBC_News_logoA lawsuit involving the Fish, Food and Allied Workers union and a fish plant on Random Island has been settled out of court. Golden Shell Fisheries sued the union after 200 fishermen dumped about 30,000 pounds of unprocessed crab off its wharf in Hickman’s Harbour in April 2013, during a price dispute. Read more here 10:11

Plant owners taking fisherman John Dean to court over spilled crab – Video

A fisherman is being taken to court by the owners of a fish plant in Hickman’s Harbour where thousands of pounds of crab were dumped into the water by protesting fishers back in April. [email protected]  11:42

Crab plant gets court order against fishermen

The company that runs a Random Island fish plant at the focus of a mass dumping of crab this week has obtained a court order against members of the fisheries union. About 200 fishermen protested at Golden Shell Fisheries in Hickman’s Harbour on Monday. continued

Newfoundland and Labrador crab fishermen discuss protests, prices with union – video

About two dozen crab fishermen from all over Newfoundland and Labrador had an emotional meeting with their union leader Tuesday morning in St. John’s. The harvesters want the Fish Food and Allied Workers’ union to help free them from provincial rules that state they can only sell their catch to buyers in this province. continued