Lobster Forum: An Important Step in the Right Direction
In my more than four score and five years of observing the commercial lobster fishery in Atlantic Canada, one thing has remained constant; the inability of any one organization, association or union of fish harvesters in LFA 34 (South Western Nova Scotia) to have enough glue to hold together for any appreciable amount of time.
Groups like the Nova Scotia Fishermen’s Association and the most recent one emerging out of the Barrington-Clark’s Harbour, area, evolved from crisis situations. ...
New N.L. Fish Harvesters’ Union Being Proposed
It is being labelled as a “David versus Goliath challenge.”
A newly formed group is gauging interest in a new union that would represent Newfoundland and Labrador fish harvesters, breaking away from the long-standing Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW).
The charge is being lead by former Member of Parliament Ryan Cleary, well-known fishermen Richard Gillett of Twillingate and Jason Sullivan, a harvester and town councillor from Bay Bulls. The organizers kicked off the initiative at a ...
CFIFH President Outlines Challenges of Future Fisheries
The President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Fish Harvesters began his presentation to the recent FFAW’s (Fish, Food and Allied Workers union) constitutional convention in St. John’s with a question.
Christian Brun asked the union leaders in attendance what they felt was the single-most important threat that will impact the future of the fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador?
He offered some possible answers, such as cod eating shrimp, declines in snow crab and lobster ...
Changes Made to N.S. Fish Harvester Organizations Support Act
The Nova Scotia government is strengthening the regulations that govern the province’s fish harvesters and their organizations.
Changes to the Fish Harvester Organizations Support Act include the addition of definitions for terms used in the act and regulations.
The act requires fish harvesters to pay mandatory dues to accredited associations. The provisions of this act come into force if harvesters vote to implement the act in their region.
The act is in force in the three regions ...