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FISH-NL Needs Immediate Funds or Will Fold

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) will close by the end of April and abandon a second attempt at certification unless inshore harvesters step up to the plate and pay their dues. “I'll say it again, FISH-NL can do this with you, but we can't do it for you,” says Ryan Cleary, President of FISH-NL. “The FISH-NL executive is not prepared to lead a second membership drive that’s guaranteed to fail and it will fail without the support of ...

Experimental Redfish Fishery Brings Hope to Gulf of St. Lawrence Harvesters

Along with other species of groundfish, redfish is a species that is making its comeback in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Redfish is a lesser known species, but it meant a lot to our communities in the 80s and 90s for fishermen and plant workers alike. It’s also a promising opportunity for fish harvesters like myself who have been badly impacted by the declines in the Northern shrimp fishery. It was the good signs of recruitment that led me to reach out to the FFAW with an idea to prepare ...

More Bad News for Northern Cod Recovery Prospects

Those anticipating a return of a viable commercial Northern cod fishery in the waters off eastern Newfoundland may to have to wait a few more years yet. At a recent technical briefing, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) reported that the 2J3KL cod stock, also known as Northern cod, has continued to decline from 2017 to 2018 and remains in the critical zone. The spawning stock biomass (SSB) has declined from 441,000 tonnes in 2017 to 315,000 tonnes in 2018. The low spawning stock ...

FISH-NL Prepares for Second Membership Drive

Last fall, the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) stated it was not going away anytime soon and it appears to be sticking to those words. The fledgling labour organization made the declaration following the Oct. 1 decision by the NL Labour Relations Board decision to finally dismiss FISH-NL’s certification application. At the time, FISH-NL President Ryan Cleary told the CBC that the dismissal was not a blow but “an opportunity.” He added ...

Time for Commercial Cod Fishery to be Opened

The fish in the photo I provided have spawned many times causing millions of eggs to be distributed in the ocean leading to perhaps millions of cod like this in the spawning biomass. So, the question needs to be asked once again, why are we still in a cod moratorium? Here are my thoughts on this question and it comes down to poor science. Codfish are back in historical numbers and beyond. The cod biomass has reached its limited food supply and if the regulators want the cod biomass to ...

With the Canadian Lobster Season Over and Maine Ramping Up, Shore Prices Lower than Last Year

There are many things buffeting the lobster market, but as of yet, problems like trade wars, whale interactions and possible gear changes have not had discernable price impacts in either the U.S. or Canada. Instead, lobster prices for both tails, meat and the live market represented a return to a more normal pattern than seen in 2017. The Canadian season, which primarily lasts from May 1 to June 30, saw shore prices lower in both P.E.I./New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The FFAW reports that ...

Labour Relations Board Orders Hearing Into FISH-NL’s Application

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is not going down without a fight. The upstart labour group recently welcomed a decision by the province’s Labour Relations Board to order a hearing into its application for certification. “We’re one step closer to a vote,” says Ryan Cleary, president of FISH-NL. Glenn Branton, CEO of the Labour Relations Board, wrote a notification in late May to all parties involved in FISH-NL’s applicatio...

What is the Definition of an Inshore Fish Harvester?

I write this letter to inform your readers why it’s important to define an inshore fish harvester for purposes of a vote by the Labour Relations Board to ultimately decide which union should represent them. Here are three, real-life examples: Two men who hold commercial fishing licenses are on the provincial government’s “sunshine list” as having made more than $100,000 in base salary/overtime in 2016 (one alone made more than $130,000), should they also be eligible to vote? ...

GEAC Attempting to Discredit N.L. Inshore Sector

I feel compelled to respond to the letter submitted to the May issue of The Navigator by Kris Vascotto of the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC). Many of the issues raised by Vascotto require correction or at a minimum, clarification. In many cases, Vascotto cherry picked information and made an attempt to discredit the inshore sector of the fishing industry in this province. The Newfoundland and Labrador Groundfish Industry Development Council (GIDC) is a recently-establi...

Northern Cod Recovery Stalls

DFO Reports 29 Per Cent Single-Year Decline in 2J3KL Cod Spawning Stock Biomass The return of a viable commercial cod fishery in the waters off eastern Newfoundland appears to have suffered a setback. At a recent technical assessment, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) released its 2018 science assessment for 2J3KL cod, also known as Northern cod and announced a 29 per cent single-year decline in spawning stock biomass. A one-year projection shows a high probability of continued ...