THE LAST FISH SUPPER

Northern cod is in trouble again, and fingers of blame point in many directions, but the bull’s-eye is on the FFAW-Unifor's head. It was the union (secretary-treasurer Dave Decker specifically), along with west coast businessman/Fish Lord Bill Barry, that came up with the idea of/created the NL Groundfish Industry Development Council (GIDC).

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FISH-NL calls for independent investigation of ‘epic’ mismanagement of northern cod stock, including relationship between DFO and FFAW 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 23rd, 2018

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) says a dramatic decline in northern cod below 1992’s moratorium level reflects “epic” mismanagement that isn’t characteristic of the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans with other fisheries across Canada.

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DFO in NL has ‘completely lost touch with inshore harvesters’ and the FFAW-Unifor has lost its way

I gave the following presentation this morning (March 22nd) before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans in Ottawa. The committee is studying commercial fishing vessel length policy as it applies to the Atlantic provinces. Also appearing before the committee were fishermen Jason Sullivan and John Will Brazil, as well as Merv Wiseman.

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Unifor and the 'stench of hypocrisy'

Why is Mary Shortall still president of the NL Federation of Labour?

As a member of Unifor, the country’s largest private-sector union, Shortall should have resigned in January when her union pulled out of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).

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FFAW-Unifor files Supreme Court application in ‘desperate’ attempt to block vote on union representation: FISH-NL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, Feb. 23rd, 2018

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) describes the latest legal maneuvers by the FFAW-Unifor to try and derail a vote by inshore harvesters on their union representation as an “act of desperation.”

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FISH-NL questions whether Ottawa purposely out to eliminate inshore fishery and outports along with it

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 22nd, 2018

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) says Ottawa’s decision to award a new Arctic surf clam licence to East Coast aboriginal groups amounts to Indigenous reconciliation on the backs of inshore harvesters and rural communities.

 

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Only room for one fleet; FISH-NL recommends Ottawa reserve northern shrimp in SFA 6 for the inshore

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, Feb. 16th, 2018

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is calling for an immediate halt to the fishing of northern shrimp by factory-freezer trawlers in waters off Newfoundland’s northeast coast and southern Labrador until stocks rebound.

 

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DFO outreach meetings prove FFAW-Unifor no longer voice of inshore harvesters: FISH-NL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, Feb. 16th, 2018 

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) says the most common theme of a recent series of outreach meetings held around the province by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans is that the FFAW-Unifor is no longer the voice of inshore harvesters.

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FISH-NL condemns DFO's discriminatory restriction to latest scientific information on commercial fish stocks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, Feb. 9th, 2018

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) condemns a move by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans this year to limit access to the release of the latest scientific information on the status of key commercial fish stocks, and calls for a more fair and open process.

 

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Ottawa’s failure to include adjacency principle in Fisheries Act amendments ‘grave injustice’: FISH-NL 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 6, 2018

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) says Ottawa’s failure to include the principles of adjacency and historical attachment in the reformed Fisheries Act — to ensure inshore harvesters have priority access to fish off their shores — is a grave injustice.

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