Hearing Tuesday into Release of FFAW Membership List
The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) welcomes a hearing called by the Labour Relations Board over what it called the Fish, Food and Allied Worker’s Union (FFAW) failure to release its membership list of inshore fish harvesters.
“The lengths the FFAW has taken to inflate and withhold its membership list is yet another act of crookery,” says Ryan Cleary, President of FISH-NL. “We look forward to being able to dig into their list.”
Leading Commercial Fisheries Event to Take Over Southwest Nova Next Month
Three weeks from now, Canada’s longest-running, most successful commercial fishing show will return to southwestern Nova Scotia.
The Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition takes place February 3-4, 2017 at the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth.
“This show has all the latest marine and fisheries products, services and technology available to help any commercial fishing or related enterprise thrive,” said Show Manager Shawn Murphy.
“Visitors will have an opportunity to talk with ...
Declining South Coast Cod Stocks Signal Need for Sustainable Inshore Fishery, Claims FFAW
In an advisory meeting held this week at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in St. John’s, fish harvesters from the province’s south coast heard confirmation of what they have known for years; 3Ps cod stocks are declining, the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) Union said in a press release.
Based on the most recent assessment, DFO science is recommending a reduced catch in 2017.
Last year the 3Ps cod quota was set at 13,000 tons. Only 7,000 tons were caught as a result of ...
FISH-NL Announces 2,372 Harvesters Sign Membership Cards
The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) today released details of its certification application filed with the Labour Relations Board on Dec. 30th, including the total number of fish harvesters signed on.
“A total of 2,372 harvesters from more than 300 Newfoundland and Labrador communities signed FISH-NL cards over our two-month membership drive,” says Ryan Cleary, president of FISH-NL. “From all indications that number represents well over ...
On the Waterfront – January 2017
MFU Executive Secretary Dies in Traffic Accident
The Executive Secretary of the Maritime Fishermen’s Union (MFU) was one of two men killed in a Dec. 5 head-on collision on Route 11 in Lower Newcastle, N.B.
Police reported that Christian Brun, 46, of Cormier Village was the driver of a car that collided with a car driven by a 69-year-old man from Miscou, N.B.
Brun was involved in the fishery since 2004, initially as a coordinator during a period of structural change at the Maritime ...
Dreamboat Turned Nightmare – Part V
Captain Byron Oxford and his eight-man crew survived a harrowing ordeal after the fishing vessel Atlantic Charger sank south of Baffin Island in September 2015.
For some of the survivors, the experience will haunt them forever. Captain Oxford said he battled anxiety while at sea for several months after the incident.
For the vessel’s owner, his battle was different and started after the loss of the Charger.
For nearly nine months following the loss of his vessel, Brad Watkins dealt ...
North Atlantic Fish & Workboat Show 2016
Record-Breaking Attendance at Fifth Anniversary Edition of Commercial Marine Event
The fifth edition of the North Atlantic Fish & Workboat Show took place November 18 and 19 at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Held biennially, the 2016 edition of this all-encompassing commercial marine event featured more than 100 exhibitors with boats, engines, electronics, supplies, safety gear, fish processing equipment and services for commercial fishermen and other workboats.
Miniboat Regatta Exposes High School Students to the Ocean
Schools and organizations in nine countries around the Atlantic Ocean are launching miniboats for the annual Atlantic Regatta which aims to strengthen students’ knowledge in marine science.
Amongst them are students from Mobile Central High School in Mobile, N.L. — the only Canadian team taking part in this year’s The Once Around Regatta.
The Regatta organized by Educational Passages in Maine, U.S., sees students launch unmanned miniboats equipped with GPS tracking devices into the ...
Trump Trade Threats May Not Amount to Much
The election of Donald Trump as president of the most powerful country in the world wasn’t an isolated incident, as other countries — especially in Europe — blazed the trail by electing people opposing global trade agreements and wide open immigration policies.
Great Britain led the way with its opposition to the European Union and voted narrowly to opt out of the organization.
France and Germany also have ultra-right wingers vying for top political offices, with free trade arrang...