The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is a new group dedicated to representing the best interests of the province's fishermen/fisherwomen. On October 27, 2016 in Gander, over 100 harvesters came together to formalize the group by adopting a constitution and electing an executive.
(From left) Captain over 40 Feet: Boyd Lavers, Captain Under 40 Feet: Jason Sillivan, President: Ryan Cleary, Secretary Treasurer: Johanna Ryan Guy, and Vice-President: Richard Gillett.
STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES
FISH-NL will be Transparent: All revenue, expenditures, and salaries must be available to the membership.
FISH-NL will be built on Consultation: the union must abide by the wishes of the membership. Not the other way around.
FISH-NL is for Fish Harvesters First: FISH-NL’s raison d’être now and forever more is fish harvesters first. Period.
FISH-NL must hold the Government of Canada to account for its fisheries management, science, and enforcement responsibilities as outlined by the Terms of Union.
FISH-NL must use the principles of Adjacency and Historical Attachment to fight for ALL fish resources off Newfoundland and Labrador. (Ottawa cited these principles as reason for its recent decision re LIFO; now the feds must recognize those principles in terms of all fish resources of the province’s shores.)