FISH-NL calls on Ottawa for ice compensation/gear replacement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25th, 2017

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is calling on Ottawa to extend EI benefits for fish harvesters on Newfoundland’s northeast coast impacted by severe ice conditions.

FISH-NL also says harvesters who lost crab gear should be compensated because the federal government should not have opened the fishery in their areas.

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FISH-NL claims victory with DFO measures to help inshore harvesters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15th, 2017 

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is pleased with recent measures announced by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to help mitigate the impact of declining quotas and strengthen enterprise viability.

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Unifor preaches democracy in Ontario and communism in NL: FISH-NL 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Sunday, May 14th, 2017

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) says the president of Canada’s largest private-sector union is also the country’s biggest hypocrite. 

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FISH-NL pleased Ball government onside with flexibility in harvesting rules this year to help harvesters stay afloat

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Thursday, May 11th, 2017

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is pleased that the Dwight Ball administration is onside with a proposal for flexibility in this year’s harvesting rules, including buddying up to help harvesters cut down on expenses.

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FISH-NL describes price of cod as ‘scandalous’ and another example of FFAW conflict; renews call for province to allow in outside buyers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) says the 2017 price of cod recently negotiated by the FFAW is an insult to the province’s inshore harvesters, and renews its call for the province to allow in outside buyers.

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FISH-NL’s warnings of rising unrest play out, crab harvesters hold protest fishery off Port au Choix

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Monday, May 8th, 2017

Predictions by the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) of rising unrest in the province’s fishing industry are playing out as inshore fishermen launched a protest crab fishery this morning off Port au Choix on the Great Northern Peninsula.

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FISH-NL challenges federal Fisheries Minister to meet with harvesters his government is starving out

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5th, 2017 

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) says the federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans appears oblivious to the hardship facing inshore harvesters this year as the result of punishing quota cuts and severe industry downturn.

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FISH-NL warns of rising unrest if Ottawa doesn’t soon act on fisheries crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—May 3rd, 2017

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) warns of rising unrest in the fishing industry if Ottawa doesn’t follow through on commitments to inshore fish harvesters.

“So far the Trudeau administration has paid lip service to unrest in the Newfoundland and Labrador fishery,” said Ryan Cleary, President of FISH-NL. “That won’t cut it anymore because harvesters are at the end of their rope.”

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Offshore sector asks Ottawa for 500 tonnes of northern cod

The Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council — the association representing offshore groundfish fishing enterprises in Atlantic Canada — has proposed Ottawa set aside 500 tonnes of northern cod this year for the offshore fleet.

That's despite the fact the Government of Canada has pledged the first 115,000 tonnes of northern cod (once the stock rebounds to that level) for the exclusive jurisdiction of the inshore sector. 

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You won't see this on the FFAW website: 2017 northern cod stewardship fishery proposal

During Captain Richard Gillett's recent hunger strike he asked DFO for a copy of the FFAW's northern cod stewardship fishery proposal — and he got it. The 5-page proposal is attached. 

It's not technically the FFAW's management plan proposal, but a plan put forward by the Newfoundland and Labrador Groundfish Industry Development Council, which is comprised of the FFAW and 10 NL processing companies. 

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