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Future of FISH-NL Now in Question

After a wait of nearly 16 months, the Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Relations Board finally released a much-anticipated report into the quest of The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) to trigger a certification vote with the aim of representing inshore fish harvesters. However, the report’s findings might not have been the result FISH-NL was hoping for. Submitted to the Labour Relations Board on Dec. 30, 2016, FISH-NL’s application for ...

FISH-NL Issues Warning to DFO on Changes to Harvester Registration in Atlantic Canada

The following letter was addressed to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) — National Fisheries Policy Office in Ottawa.   As FISH-NL warns the Government of Canada to proceed with extreme caution and to revisit changes implemented years ago in Newfoundland and Labrador because of the conflict of interest created between the Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board (PFHCB) and FFAW-Unifor, the union that currently represents inshore fish harvesters in collective ...

2017: Twists, Turns and a Little Turmoil

The year 2017 will soon be added to the annals of history. For the fishery, wouldn’t it be good to look back at the developments of the last 12 months, rub your hands together in a satisfied fashion and state that it was a good year — an unqualified success, so to speak. But as everyone already knows, the fishing industry in Atlantic Canada is unfortunately never that simple to summarize in a few words. It is an extremely challenging and complex business with as many highs and lows as ...

Current Fisheries Policy Damaging Industry

Just a little over a year ago, the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour came out swinging against FISH-NL. The head of the federation of labour, Mary Shortall, said FISH-NL was raiding one of its member unions and the federation was completely against it. Shortall said all of the federation’s member unions were standing in solidarity with the FFAW-Unifor. The fact that FISH-NL was formed because a significant number of the FFAW-Unifor’s fish harvester membership was totally ...

FISH-NL Calls for Terms of Union to be Reopened

The following letter was sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.   On behalf of the more than 3,000 inshore harvesters who are members of the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL), I’m writing to request that the Government of Canada reopen this province’s Terms of Union with regards to fisheries management. This year represents a number of milestones: the 150th anniversary of Confederation, 68 years since Newfoundland joined Canada and ...

On the Waterfront – November 2017

DFO collaborating with National Indigenous Fisheries Institute for Program Review Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Minister Dominic LeBlanc announced October 4 that DFO is working together with the National Indigenous Fisheries Institute to review Indigenous programs and develop a joint vision for the future of these programs that support Indigenous participation in fisheries, aquaculture and the management of aquatic habitat and resources. The National Indigenous Fisheries ...

FISH-NL Says Harvester Numbers from Labour Relations Board Are Accurate, While FFAW Reports Thousands Missing

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is pleased with the Labour Relations Board’s release of what officials describe as an “accurate and reliable” list of the province’s inshore harvesters. “It’s been almost 10 months since FISH-NL submitted our application for certification so a list of inshore harvesters from the board is a huge and welcome step forward,” says Ryan Cleary, President of FISH-NL. Obtained from various “sourc...

No Decision on Future of FISH-NL

Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Relations Board Yet to Rule on Application More than eight months has passed since the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) presented an application to the Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Relations Board requesting that the organization be certified as the new bargaining agent for inshore fish harvesters, currently represented by the FFAW-Unifor. On August 1, the group was once again calling on the province’s ...

Minister Commits to Uphold PIIFCAF

Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc’s recent commitment to “enshrine the owner-operator and fleet separation law,” has been receiving mainly positive feedback from the industry. LeBlanc spoke of the forthcoming amendments to the Fisheries Act during his keynote address at the July 25 annual Canadian Independent Fish Harvesters’ Federation (CIFHF) meeting held in Chester, N.S. “This would mean that the minister would be able to create regulation under law to prohibit a ...

FISH-NL Advises Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc to Cancel 2017 Sentinel Cod Program

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) has written federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc recommending that he cancel the 2017 sentinel cod program.   The federal government first introduced sentinel or test fisheries for cod in the mid-1990s, the moratoria years, to keep a first-hand check of the health of stocks in the absence of commercial fisheries. It has never been adjusted to account for or to incorporate the impacts of ...