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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Snow-crab cuts another body blow to fishery; special allocation with links to FFAW should be cut immediately: FISH-NL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, April 3rd, 2017 

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) says the province’s fishing industry took yet another body blow today with news that the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans cut the overall snow crab quota by 22 per cent.

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Shrimp cuts impact harvesters/rural communities like a hammer: FISH-NL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, March 31st, 2017 

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) says the massive cut to the northern shrimp quota off the Great Northern Peninsula and southern Labrador (Shrimp Fishing Area 6) has hit the inshore fleet and adjacent communities like a hammer.

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FISH-NL disappointed with limited reopening of seal hunt; not what was asked for or indicated would happen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, March 27th, 2017

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is disappointed with a decision by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans to reopen the seal hunt to a limited harvest between March 28-April 7.

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