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2017 N.L. Shrimp Price Drops Below $1/Pound

The beleaguered Newfoundland and Labrador Northern Shrimp industry received more bad news recently when the 2017 price was set at .95 cents/pound (CAD). This is down from the average price of $1.40/pound in 2016 and $1.80/pound in 2015. This lower price follows on the heels of recent massive quota cuts to Northern shrimp, particularly in Shrimp Fishing Area (SFA) 6. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced a 63 per cent cut to the inshore Northern shrimp quota in fishing ...

Protest at FFAW Headquarters Over for Now

More than 50 disgruntled fishermen gathered at the provincial office of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) today, demanding a meeting with union executive members. The situation turned tense this morning when the fishermen found the union office doors to be locked. A large contingent of Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) officers were also on scene. The fishermen demanded a meeting with the union, with media present. RNC Superintendent Joe Boland acted as a mediator between ...

Richard Gillett Back at DFO Protest

The day after ending his 11-day hunger strike, Richard Gillett was back at the entrance to DFO headquarters in St. John’s this morning thanking his supporters. Gillett said he was very grateful for all of the support he received from all over Newfoundland and Labrador and emphasized that the fight is not over. Gillett, vice-president of the Federation of Independent Seafood Harvesters (FISH-NL), has been camped out at the entrance to DFO’s head office in St. John’s since April ...

Gillett Hunger Strike Comes to an End

Richard Gillett’s hunger strike is over. His 11-day protest ended Sunday after paramedics were called in by his wife Joyce. Gillett, vice-president of the Federation of Independent Seafood Harvesters (FISH-NL), has been camped out at the entrance to DFO’s head office in St. John’s since April 13. He has been asking for an independent review of DFO science/management, as well as an independent review of the relationship between DFO and the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) ...

Gillett Vows to Continue Protest

Despite speaking with Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc Thursday night, Twillingate fisherman Richard Gillett says he is going to continue his hunger strike – now into its ninth day. Gillett, vice-president of the Federation of Independent Seafood Harvesters (FISH-NL), has been camped out at the entrance to DFO’s head office in St. John’s since April 13. He is asking for an independent review of DFO science/management, as well as an independent review of the relationship ...

DFO Protests Continue In St. John’s

Richard Gillett’s hunger strike is now entering its second week. The inshore fish harvester from Twillingate and Vice-President of the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL), began a hunger strike last Thursday afternoon on the grounds of DFO’s Newfoundland and Labrador headquarters in St. John’s. Gillett’s demands include: a meeting with the federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Dominic LeBlanc, and his assurance of an independent ...

Annual Northern Cod Stock Assessments to Begin in 2017-18

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has announced that in keeping with recent recommendations of both the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans and the 2+3KLNO Groundfish Advisory Committee, DFO (Newfoundland and Labrador Region) will commence full stock assessments beginning in winter 2018 and continuing for the next five years. These assessments will enhance the understanding of Northern cod stocks and better inform management decisions, which could ultimately benefit ...

FFAW Calls for Ice Compensation and Extended Employment Insurance

FFAW-Unifor President Keith Sullivan is calling on the federal government to pay extended Employment Insurance (E.I.) benefits, or the equivalent, to fish harvesters in the province who are kept ashore by heavy ice conditions. “The persistent ice in some areas of the province will cause hardship for many families, and the government must step-up to assist this people as conditions are expected to persist for the next several weeks,” says Sullivan. For many, E.I. benefits run out next ...

DFO Responds to Richard Gillett Hunger Strike

In a press release, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) recognizes the right of individuals to protest and voice their positions in a reasonable manner. It is of course concerning when anyone takes a course of action such as the one Mr. Gillett is pursuing, and we share the public’s concern for his health. We understand that this is a difficult time for the fish harvesters and communities affected by recent fisheries management decisions, and we are always willing to listen to and work with ...

Cold Water Cowboys Season Four Kicks Off Tonight

Captains and crews of Discovery’s Cold Water Cowboys reprise their fight against unforgiving Atlantic waters in season four tonight. This season will bring some new faces, with others notably absent. Lifelong fisherman and son, Calvin and Kurtis Kerrivan and fourth-generation Skipper Lee Pond, join Rick Crane, Morris Anstey and Paul Tiller for an all-new, eight-episode season of the original Canadian series. From Paperny Entertainment, the eight-part series follows the brotherhood of ...