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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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%


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

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.
Stakeholders believe that the science is underestimating the biomass is flawed and consequently the TAC has been at an unacceptably low level for the last two years. Harvester observations from the past number of a years were put forward in an objective manner, yet these valuable observations were ignored in management decisions.