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A Way Must be Found to Reach Out to N.L. Inshore Harvesters

Near the end of FISH-NL’s three-year battle with the FFAW-Unifor, a senior reporter with the local CBC took exception on Twitter to being tagged to a particular clash between the two unions and asked to be left out of the “spat.” The fact the respected journalist (one-time host of the CBC’s Fisheries Broadcast) easily dismissed so much long-standing labour unrest in the fishery as a petty tiff was an insult to the thousands of fishermen/women who signed FISH-NL cards. To me, too, ...

2020 Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Mandate Letter

The following is the departmental mandate letter sent to Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.   Thank you for agreeing to serve Canadians as Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. On election day, Canadians chose to continue moving forward. From coast to coast to coast, people chose to invest in their families and communities, create good middle class jobs and fight climate change while ...

Murky Waters Surround MPAs

After the Deepwater Horizon disaster, I dedicated five years of my life to fighting against the development of Old Harry, a hydrocarbon reserve midway between Newfoundland and the Magdalen Islands. Recently, I have had to re-engage on a separate, but related issue of marine protected areas or MPAs. In being more fashionable than practical, MPAs will needlessly expropriate prime fishing grounds from our intergenerational fishermen. Although the whole world thinks marine protected areas ...

We Need to Protect our Seafood Farmers

As a proud Newfoundlander and Labradorian, I can sit in silence no more and watch an industry pioneered by scientists and dedicated farmers of the sea since the 1970s be slowly eroded and destroyed by foreign interest groups such as the Sea Shepherd Society and other ideological radicals. This September, our farming industry suffered a catastrophic loss of stock due to an unforeseeable environmental event. This act of Mother Nature and the impact that it has had on our industry was no ...

Inshore Fish Harvesters are More Divided Than Ever

Lately there seems to be more news stories about problems in the fishery then there are rodents at the Robin Hood Bay landfill. The province is blaming Canada, the provincial parties are blaming each other and the FFAW-Unifor is blaming everyone but themselves for the mismanagement of our fisheries. The root cause of the problems with our inshore fishery today is it is micromanaged to a level that a fish harvester cannot go to the washroom without permission. Whether it be for a new ...

A Single Union Cannot Represent All Sides of the Fishing Industry

Since FISH-NL began our second membership drive in mid-August, the FFAW-Unifor has sucker punched its processor buddies, staged a free-fish giveaway, fallen for outside buyers, launched a seal petition and declared war on the oil and gas industry that it usually never says a peep about. The FFAW-Unifor has also gone after its oil industry regulator buddy, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (which has funded the FFAW), for permitting oil and gas exploration in prime ...

Net Pen Farmed Salmon Aquaculture Still the Best Option for Industry

I recently read The Telegram editorial entitled: Farmed Salmon 2.0, published on July 20, 2019. Some interesting questions are posed therein about whether or not the province is backing the right horse or not regarding net pen farmed salmon versus land-based, closed containment systems? I would say the answer is a categorical yes for the following reasons explained here. Net pen farmed salmon is still the most ecologically and environmentally lowest carbon impact and cost-effective way ...

Immediate Action Needed to Save Whales

We are devastated at the loss of now six right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It was one, then two, then four, five and now six. It has left our team and our allies sickened and heartbroken. It has left us angry and wanting to take emergency action. Of the six precious whales now confirmed dead, I will tell you about two briefly. Whales such as the matriarch Punctuation, who birthed eight calves and was responsible for multiple grandchildren after that and the newly mature male ...

DFO Needs to Change Policy on Medical Substitute Operator for Lobster Fishery

The independence of the inshore lobster fishery is a goal we all support. It helps keep licenses in individual hands through the owner-operator policy and is important to the growth and preservation of our coastal communities. In the last few years, The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has started enforcing a policy which clearly violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, DFO introduced the medical substitute operator policy. This allowed a ...

Canadian Sealing: A Labyrinth of Lies

Bang — one dead seal out of a population of about 7,500,000. For over 50 years, Canadian marine mammal scientists have studied the harp seal herd off the east coast of Canada, so we have a very good understanding of them. From this science, the Government of Canada sets annual quotas that sealers can kill and yet sustain the health of the herd. During this period, we have more than tripled the size of the herd. The seals we hunt are fully weened and independent of their dames. H...