FISH-NL Kicks Off First Leg of Provincial Membership Tour

Today the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) announced the first leg of a provincial membership tour, with stops in Labrador, Northern Peninsula and western areas of the province.

“We have 15 formal meetings scheduled with fish harvesters from Port Hope Simpson, Labrador to Burgeo, Newfoundland, but we’ll be looking to meet fish harvesters wherever they gather — on the wharves or stages, in their kitchens and community halls,” says Ryan Cleary, president of FISH-NL, who will lead the tour.

FISH-NL’s membership drive began on Nov. 1, with more than 9,000 cards distributed to date around Newfoundland and Labrador by roughly 100 volunteers. The membership drive will distribute and collect cards, as well as hear from fish harvesters on their concerns.

“There’s an electricity today in Newfoundland and Labrador, a stirring on the wharves and stages, in the coves and harbours that hasn’t been felt in modern times,” says Cleary.

“Fish harvesters are taking a last stand for a fishing industry that has been brutalized by decades of failed management and poor leadership. The salt and pepper revolution is a fight for NL’s most endangered species — fishermen and women.”

FISH-NL Provincial Tour

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Tour leaves St. John’s

Wednesday, Nov. 9

2 p.m. L’Anse au Clair, meeting at Northern Light Inn

Thursday, Nov. 10

1-5 p.m. Port Hope Simpson, meeting at Alexis Hotel

Friday, Nov. 11

No public meetings on Remembrance Day, informal meetings with fish harvesters.

Saturday, Nov. 12

1 p.m. St. Anthony, meeting at The Haven Inn

7 p.m. Roddickton, meeting at the Conference Room at Mayflower Inn and Suites

Sunday, Nov. 13

2 p.m. Plum Point, meeting at Plum Point Motel

7 p.m. Port aux Choix, meeting at Sea Echo Motel

Monday, Nov. 14

11 a.m. Cow Head, meeting at Shallow Bay Hotel

2 p.m. Rocky Harbour, meeting at Ocean View Hotel

7 p.m. Trout River, Town Hall

Tuesday, Nov. 15

11 a.m. Lark Harbour, meeting at Lark Harbour Town Hall

7 p.m. Port au Port, meeting location to be announced

Wednesday, Nov. 16

11 a.m. Stephenville, at the Days Inn

2 p.m. Jeffrey’s, meeting at Jeffrey’s Legion

7 p.m. Port au Basque, meeting at Bruce 2 Sports Centre

Thursday, Nov. 17

2 p.m. Burgeo, meeting location to be announced

Friday, Nov. 18

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

North Atlantic Fish & Workboat Show 2016 – Mile One Centre, St. John’s

Saturday, Nov. 19

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

North Atlantic Fish & Workboat Show 2016 – Mile One Centre, St. John’s

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