Over 500 harvesters rally to break away from FFAW; FISH-NL plans second certification application for 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, Oct. 31st, 2018

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) surpassed its goal Wednesday of signing up 500 dues-paying inshore harvesters, and will push forward with a convention this fall and second certification application in 2019.


“Inshore harvesters have spoken — they’re serious about change,” says Ryan Cleary, President of FISH-NL. “Harvesters collectively put their money where their mouths is in their desire to break away from the FFAW-Unifor, and FISH-NL won’t stop until they are granted the right to choose.”

On Oct. 24th, FISH-NL issued a news release to state it would only move forward with a convention this fall, and a second application for certification next year if a minimum of 500 harvesters signed on to pay dues of $24 a month. As of Wednesday evening the number of harvesters was 530 and counting. 

FISH-NL’s first application — which was dismissed by the province’s Labour Relations Board on Sept. 28th after a 21-month delay — was funded primarily through donations and two Go Fund Me campaigns. 

“Inshore harvesters should give themselves a pat on the back for taking a stand and fighting back,” said Cleary. “With financial stability FISH-NL can concentrate on representing inshore harvesters — and only inshore harvesters.”