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FFAW and Six Processing Companies Pen Deal for 30-Cent Capelin

Six processing companies have broken ranks with the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) to strike a deal with the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) over the price of capelin in Newfoundland and Labrador. Abe Solberg, who led capelin negotiations on behalf of the FFAW, said that both parties came to the negotiating table with a positive outlook on the capelin market in 2024. “We came into negotiations expecting this would be pretty straightforward. The market has increased, ...

Inshore Redfish Harvesters in Dire Straits, Says FFAW

Inshore fish harvesters in Newfoundland and Labrador are continuing to rally against the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) decision to allocate a majority of Canada’s emergent redfish fishery to the offshore fleet. According to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW), Jason Spingle, the definition of offshore fleets has been twisted since the last time the redfish fishery was last active in 1995. “They weren’t much bigger than some of the ...

FFAW Will Have a New Captain at the Helm

By July 25, 2024, members of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) will elect a new president. Current president Greg Pretty, who has served in the position since 2023, announced his retirement after 40 years with the union. “I’m retiring. My last day will be November 19 of this year,” said Pretty. “This union is extremely significant to our members and to rural Newfoundland and to the future of this fishery, so it’s an important position. We will be looking at it very ...

On the Waterfront – March 2024

FCC President Elected to Chair ICFA The president of the Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC), Paul Lansbergen, has been elected to Chair the Board of Directors for the International Coalition of Fisheries Associations (ICFA). ICFA represents fish and seafood industry associations spanning 25 different countries, accounting for 85 per cent of fish landings worldwide. As the president of the FCC, Lansbergen previously sat on the board of ICFA as its Vice Chair before he was elected Chair. ...

The Future of Fuel: Electrification of the Fleet

By Courtney Langille FFAW Government Relations and Campaigns   In 2021, FFAW-Unifor undertook a Feasibility Study led by Dr. Sue Molloy of Glas Ocean and David Lea of CBCL Limited to examine the greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts of the fishery and the way forward towards an electric powered fishing fleet. The study also examined the benefits, challenges and potential compromises that may be needed for such a transition. The inshore fishing fleet of Newfoundland and Labrador is much ...

Union Lobbies for Support for Harvesters and Plant Workers

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) claims the effects of COVID-19 were slow to hit the fishing industry and is calling for the Canadian government to give harvesters and fish plant workers financial support after the difficulties of the 2023 season. “We represent people that bring in the new dollars to our province,” said FFAW Secretary-Treasurer Jason Spingle. “We’ve said it before and rightfully so, there’s been primary industries like farming or the automobile ...

FFAW Sees “Overall Positive” 2023 Crab and Lobster Season

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) claimed that besides low prices for crab, Newfoundland and Labrador’s crab and lobster seasons are seeing great catch rates of high-quality seafood. After what Jason Spingle, Secretary-Treasurer of the FFAW, called a “difficult” lead-up to the crab season, with price negotiations between the union and the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) breaking down and leading to a six-week delay in the fishery, things seem to be looking up for ...

Back on the Water – FFAW and ASP Strike a Deal After Six-Week Snow Crab Impasse

Above: The FFAW inshore council along with union President Greg Pretty and Secretary-Treasurer Jason Spingle gathered at the Fairfield Inn, St. John’s.   Crab harvesters are officially bringing in their catch after six long weeks for both harvesters and processors in Newfoundland and Labrador, with a dispute over crab prices finally coming to a close after weeks of negotiations. In early April, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Standing Fish Price Setting Panel sided with the ...

Snow Crab Stalemate – Price Dispute Shuts Down Valuable N.L. Fishery

A price of $2.20 per pound for snow crab is not sitting well with Newfoundland and Labrador fish harvesters, with the majority showing a willingness to sit this crab season out if prices don’t change. Harvesters are saying that fishing at $2.20 is unaffordable. This attitude towards the current economic climate was made abundantly clear at a recent rally held at the Confederation Building, Newfoundland’s seat of government, by the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW). The ...

Union Against Oil Spill Tests by DFO in N.L. Waters

Above: A boom used to contain oil spills for the purposes of skimming. Credit: the Canadian Coast Guard     The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) is calling for an immediate halt to tests by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) that are set to spill oil and chemical dispersants off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. The tests are part of a Multi-Partner Research Initiative (MPRI) that aims to, “advance scientific knowledge and science-based decision ...