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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FISH-NL calls for resignation of leader of province’s Federation of Labour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Thursday, April 27th, 2017

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is demanding the resignation of Mary Shortall, president of the province’s Federation of Labour, for taking sides in the dispute between FISH-NL and the FFAW, as well as blatant conflict of interest. 

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FISH-NL's presentation to federal MPs

On Tuesday, April 11, FISH-NL made a presentation to the province’s federal Liberal caucus in Ottawa, including recommendations on how to deal with the current fisheries crisis.

 The presentation was made by Ryan Cleary, President of FISH-NL, and Richard Gillett, Vice-President. Included is a recommendation that commercial inshore harvesters be permitted to keep ALL bycatch caught with hook and line and gillnets, and another that DFO allow flexibility in this year harvesting rules, including allowing harvesters to buddy up.

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Richard Gillett enters Day 2 of hunger strike: ‘If I can’t fish, I’m no good to no one’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Friday, April 14th, 2017

Richard Gillett, an inshore fish harvester from Twillingate and Vice-President of the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL), began a hunger strike Thursday afternoon on the grounds of DFO’s NL headquarters in St. John’s. 

 

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NL fishery near breaking point: FISH-NL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 7, 2017  

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) describes the protest Friday at the headquarters of the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans as a warning of rising unrest within the fishing industry.

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Statement from FISH-NL

As President of the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL), I and FISH-NL apologize to the FFAW for referring to them as the salt-water mafia.

 

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