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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 ...

FFAW and ASP Turning Over a New Leaf for 2023 Snow Crab Season

Above: (L-R) ASP Executive Director Jeff Loder, ASP Chair Paul Grant, FFAW President Greg Pretty and FFAW Secretary-Treasurer Jason Spingle. Photo by Nick Travis     In a rare instance of solidarity, the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) and the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) recently held a joint meeting to announce their cooperation for the 2023 snow crab season. FFAW President Greg Pretty and Secretary-Treasurer Jason Spingle, alongside ASP Executive ...

FFAW Launches Seal Awareness Campaign

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) recently launched a nationwide campaign to call attention to seal overpopulation in Atlantic Canada and the devastating effects on fish stocks. The union representing fish harvesters is calling on the federal government to immediately undertake adequate scientific work to understand the true impact seals are having off eastern Canada’s coasts and to ensure appropriate action is taken to repair the ecosystem imbalance. “The federal ...

Price Setting Panel Sides with ASP on Summer Shrimp

Newfoundland and Labrador harvesters will now receive a small increase for their shrimp landings, but not the bump their union was seeking. Earlier this spring, the Newfoundland and Labrador Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel announced that fishermen would be receiving $1/pound this year for their shrimp. The Fish Food and Allied Workers' union (FFAW) had proposed a price of $1.50/pound to the Panel, but instead it chose the price offered by the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP). As a ...

2020 Northern Shrimp Prices Take a Major Hit

Despite Newfoundland and Labrador’s Standing Fish Price Setting Panel siding with the price put forth by harvesters this year, the 2020 season will still be a challenging one. The panel recently accepted the Fish Food and Allied Workers’ (FFAW-Unifor) price recommendation of $1.18/pound for Northern shrimp landed at the plant and $1.15/pound for trucked shrimp. Last year, fishermen were paid a minimum price of $1.78/pound. At the time, it represented an 18 per cent increase over the ...