FISH-NL condemns Ottawa’s decision to reopen south coast cod fishery to offshore factory-freezer trawlers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 10th, 2017 

The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans is out to destroy the inshore fishery off Newfoundland’s south coast with its decision Friday to reopen the cod fishery to offshore factory-freezer trawlers.

 

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FISH-NL applauds Grand Bank for standing up to FFAW-Unifor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, Nov. 1st, 2017

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) applauds Grand Bank Mayor Rex Matthews for calling out the FFAW-Unifor for being an “arm of the federal government.”

 

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Read all about it: cod master plan

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The Newfoundland and Labrador Groundfish Industry Development Council — consisting of the FFAW-Unifor and 11 groundfish processing companies around the province — released a "strategic plan" (2018-2020) this week for the province's groundfish industry. 

Click here to read the file

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No benefits, no pension, no right to strike, no free enterprise, no choice: FISH-NL takes story of inshore harvesters to B.C. unions

I gave the following speech in Vancouver, British Columbia on Saturday, Oct. 14, to representatives of a number of independent unions across Canada — including Jan Noster, President of the Canadian Maintenance and Allied Workers, the largest union representing construction workers in British Columbia. (From left: Richard Gillett, Jan Noster, and Ryan Cleary.)

 

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Thousands fewer inshore harvesters than FFAW-Unifor claimed; FISH-NL receives union support from across Canada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 19th, 2017 

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is pleased with the Labour Relations Board’s release of what officials describe as an “accurate and reliable” list of the province’s inshore harvesters.

 

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FISH-NL calls news conference for Thursday morning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 18th, 2017

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) has scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19th, at the union office — 5 Job Street, St. John’s.

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Inshore harvesters — including a member of FFAW’s inshore council — dispute snow crab science: FISH-NL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 17th, 2017

The Federation of Independent Fish 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.

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A letter to Prime Minister Trudeau: Give us back our fishery, and apologize

The following letter was written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sept. 28th, with copies forwarded to the province's seven MPs, Premier Dwight Ball, and all MHAs. The premier's office acknowledged the letter almost immediately. 

justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca

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FISH-NL questions whether DFO setting up harvesters to fail; department doubled fall cod quota, but didn’t increase amount of gear

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 26th, 2017 

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) says the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans should increase the amount of gear inshore harvesters can use in the fall commercial cod fishery. 

 

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FISH-NL says inshore harvesters charged $1,000 by their own union for tuna tags, more than fish is worth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 25th, 2017

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is questioning why the FFAW-Unifor is charging inshore harvesters $1,000 for a bluefin tuna tag when fishermen can’t get much more than that from the sale of a fish.

 

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