On the Waterfront – June 2023
Record Prices for N.L. Lobster
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Standing Fish Price Setting Panel has come to the decision to side with the final price offer made by the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) for lobster in 2023, with the season opening at $14.37 per pound.
The final offers by both the FFAW and the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) were based on the “Average of Thursday-Tuesday” Urner Barry (UB) Index, which provides information on the price of live lobster in the ...
On the Waterfront – May 2023
Russia to Unseat Norway as the World’s Leading Cod Producer in 2023
For the first time ever, Russia is set to overtake Norway as the world’s leading producer of cod.
This change is due to the decline in Atlantic cod stocks, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with total worldwide catch predicted to drop to a historic low of 1 million tonnes. In 2023, Norway is set to bring in 278,000 tonnes of cod down from 370,000.
While Russian catch will ...
On the Waterfront – April 2023
SEA-NL Elects New President
Pamela Patten, a Fortune-based enterprise owner, has been elected to replace Jason Sullivan as President of Seaward Enterprises Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (SEA-NL) — an organization that represents owner-operators in N.L.
Patten, who has been an enterprise owner for 11 years and a harvester for 22, is believed to be the first female to lead a fisheries organization in the province’s history. She was elected to lead the organization during ...
On the Waterfront – March 2023
ASP Names New Executive Director
The Association of Seafood Producers recently named Jeff Loder as its new executive director.
“Jeff’s experience as a senior executive and negotiator provincially, nationally and internationally will be an outstanding asset to our membership and ASP team,” said Paul Grant, Board Chair, Association of Seafood Producers.
“His extensive background in negotiations and his passion for advocating on behalf of the Newfoundland and Labrador fishery will ...
On the Waterfront – February 2023
Greg Pretty Elected as New FFAW President
Long-time staffer of the Fisheries, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor), Greg Pretty, was elected president by the union’s executive council in a 43-11 vote after the recent departure of previous president, Keith Sullivan.
The presidential race was between Pretty and west coast fisherman Dave Callahan. Seaward Enterprises Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (SEA-NL) president Jason Sullivan’s bid for leadership was earlier ...
On the Waterfront – January 2023
Another FFAW Executive Stepping Down
In a surprising move, Keith Sullivan, president of The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) is stepping down.
The decision was announced at a Dec. 1 press conference at the FFAW-Unifor office in St. John’s. Sullivan, who has served as president since 2014, claims the decision is personal and that he has no subsequent employment plans.
“It’s a personal choice for me. And most importantly, I think the organization that I’ve been a ...
On the Waterfront – December 2022
Alaska Shutters 2023 Snow Crab Season
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) recently announced that the Bristol Bay Red King Crab (BBRKC) season will be closed in the Bering Sea for the second consecutive year, as well as the first closing for the Bering Sea snow crab season since the inception of the North Pacific Council.
Both were closed due to conservation concerns due to the Bering Sea being warmer and more acidic than ever before. These conditions have caused a 90 per ...
On the Waterfront – November 2022
FFAW Campaign Highlights Gaps in Safety, Healthcare Availability
FFAW-Unifor’s newest awareness campaign is looking to tackle safety issues affecting their members such as occupational disease, gaps in safety training, poor infrastructure, repetitive strain injuries and other health and safety issues affecting seafood processing plant workers. They hope highlighting these issues will bring about change from legislators and employers.
“It often takes a serious incident for politicians, ...
On the Waterfront – October 2022
Capt Jacques Cartier Joins CCG Fleet
In late August, the Canadian Coast Guard ship Capt Jacques Cartier was welcomed into service.
A dockside ceremony was held at the vessel’s homeport in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia on August 29, where Parliamentary Secretary Darren Fisher and Halifax West Member of Parliament Lena Metlege Diab were joined by Andy Smith, Deputy Commissioner of Shipbuilding and Merial of the Canadian Coast Guard, and Gary Ivany, Assistant Commissioner of the Canadian Coast ...
On the Waterfront – September 2022
Harvesters Call on DFO for Investment in Mackerel Science
The Fish Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) is once again calling on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to invest in new science opportunities for mackerel given the signs of abundance reported by harvesters and the inadequate level of current surveys completed by the federal government.
Earlier this year, the Minister responsible for Fisheries and Oceans, Joyce Murray, called a moratorium on mackerel.
The FFAW ...