Illegal Fishing and Whales Continue to be Major Concerns for MFU
An escalation of illegal fishing efforts from some individuals or groups under the guise of First Nations’ treaty rights to a moderate livelihood is a major concern for the Maritime Fishermen’s Union (MFU), as well as other industry associations, says executive director Martin Mallet.
“From the beginning, associations have been working together and have no issues with First Nations’ rights as long as it’s done within conservation rules,” said Mallet.
“Some individuals are ...
The Homarus Eco-Centre, located in Pointe-du-Chêne, N.B., is an interpretive centre that offers a unique and interactive experience related to the mysterious world of lobsters and marine ecosystems. In 2013, Homarus Inc. established the Homarus Eco-Centre to provide a holistic educational experience related to the world of lobsters to visitors in the Shediac area. Homarus Inc. is a non-profit organization created by the Maritime Fishermen’s Union (MFU), whose mission is to develop tools to ...
Owner-Operator Policy Legal Challenge Withdrawn
A legal challenge to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans owner-operator policy could have set a legal precedent that would threaten the future of the independent inshore fishery, some in the industry believed.
The owner-operator policy was enacted to ensure that ownership of inshore fishing vessels remained in the hands of inshore fishermen, not corporate entities.
The case, which was scheduled to be heard Feb. 28, involved Kirby Elson, a Labrador snow crab fisherman and the federal ...
“We Lost Our Admiral, But We Are Staying On Course”
Fishing Industry Reflects on Life and Impact of Christian Brun
Michel Richard’s voice was filled with emotion and pride as he spoke about Christian Brun, the executive director of the Maritime Fishermen’s Union.
Brun, 46, was killed in a head-on collision in Miramichi, N.B., Dec. 5, 2016, leaving a void in both Richard’s personal and professional life.
In the weeks since his death, the organization has been moving forward, continuing with the work started under Brun’s leadershi...
MFU Executive Secretary Dies in Traffic Accident
The Executive Secretary of the Maritime Fishermen’s Union (MFU) was one of two men killed in a Dec. 5 head-on collision on Route 11 in Lower Newcastle, N.B.
Police reported that Christian Brun, 46, of Cormier Village was the driver of a car that collided with a car driven by a 69-year-old man from Miscou, N.B.
Brun was involved in the fishery since 2004, initially as a coordinator during a period of structural change at the Maritime Fishermen's Union and in 2006, he became part of the ...
MFU Local 9 opposes levy, re-establishes Lobster Defence Fund
The Maritime Fishermen’s Union, Local 9, following meetings with its membership and executive has taken a position in opposition to implementation, in SWNS, of the proposed marketing levy being discussed for the Maritime lobster fishery.
“At this time our region is far too disorganized for the fishermen to be able to have any real control over the application of such a program” said Graeme Gawn, newly elected President of the local, which represents fishermen mostly in the area of ...