The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) represents approximately 15,000 working women and men throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, most of whom are employed in the fishing industry. We also have members working in the hotel, hospitality, brewing, metal fabrication and oil industries.

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As it stands, marine refuges in Newfoundland and Labrador restrict fishing activity while permitting other industrial activities such as oil, gas and seismic activity. These exceptions have long called into question the effectiveness of these closures and whether conservation goals would be met. Moreover, a lack of consultation with those who would be most affected by the closures has caused significant concern to fish harvesters in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“We invested a significant amount of time into this process knowing what happened in previous years with lots of fish in the water and no quota. This needs to change. The experience and knowledge of harvesters has been repeatedly dismissed and that is unacceptable,” said fish harvester Robbie Green of Old Perlican.

This afternoon, DFO approved FFAW’s request to reopen the northern cod stewardship fishery for all fish harvesters next week, starting on October 2


Last week, DFO closed the northern cod stewardship fishery to all fish harvesters except for those who selected the fall fishery option due to 87%

DFO advises harvesters that the Mobile Gear and Fixed Gear mackerel fishery in all mackerel fishing areas of Newfoundland and Labrador Region will close as of Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 1200 hours (noon) Newfoundland Standard Time, for conservation purposes as commercial landings are near or have reached the Total Allowable Catch of 10,000 tonnes.

Today, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced the decision to close the northern cod stewardship fishery on Thursday, October 11 at 6pm f