FFAW’s northern cod action plan an insult to fish harvesters; lobster ‘levy’ proves union focused on taking over fisheries management: FISH-NL

FFAW’s northern cod action plan an insult to fish harvesters; lobster ‘levy’ proves union focused on taking over fisheries management: FISH-NL 

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Thursday, Dec. 8th, 2016

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) calls the FFAW-led northern cod “action plan” an insult to the intelligence of fish harvesters, and a crime against the province.

“The FFAW should be charged in court for failing to act as the fishery flounders at its feet,” said Ryan Cleary, president of FISH-NL. “Almost 25 years after the northern cod moratorium and the FFAW has come up with Fishery Improvement Bunk, or FIB, that fools no one.”

The FFAW and the World Wildlife Federation released Wednesday a joint “action plan” for rebuilding northern cod, when it’s the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans that’s solely responsible for fisheries management. 

“The union’s agenda is to take over science and management duties for itself, but the FFAW can’t be manager and union representative at the same time,” said Cleary. “It doesn’t work for the fish, and it doesn’t work for harvesters.”

It was revealed this week that the FFAW had secretly proposed a 5-cent-a-pound “levy” on lobster earlier this year to cover the union’s “management” of that fishery. To quote the FFAW: "The bulk of the work once conducted by DFO is now being done by the FFAW." 

 “The line between union and management isn't so much blurred, as obliterated,” said Cleary. “The FFAW’s lobster levy request was made to the Standing Fish-Price Setting Panel, but was rejected.”

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