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Our resources, our jobs

A fair share for rural Newfoundland and Labrador

The future of our coastal communities is at risk. Thousands of jobs are in jeopardy due to unfair sharing of the northern shrimp resource.

The federal government has deliberately chosen to ignore the longstanding principle of adjacency to the benefit of the corporate-owned offshore fleet, to the detriment of our coastal communities.

Our northern shrimp resources are being taken out of our waters with no benefit to our province's economy.

In 2014, the inshore shrimp fishery quota was cut by 27 per cent, while the offshore fishery was cut by only 3 per cent. If the current trends continue, the inshore fishery will be slashed by another 50 per cent in 2015.


Traditionally, the principle of adjacency has been used to manage our fisheries. Adjacency means that those who live alongside the resource should benefit most from it. Click here for more information on the history and policy of adjacency.

Inshore, Offshore and the Northern Shrimp Fishery

The northern shrimp fishery is split into the inshore and offshore fishery.

The inshore shrimp fishery is composed of over 250 owner-operated enterprises that employ over 1500 crew members from right here in Newfoundland and Labrador. All of the shrimp landed by the inshore fleet is processed in one of the 10 shrimp plants in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The offshore shrimp fishery is owned by large businesses and corporations, many are based outside of the province and even outside of Canada. Next to none of the shrimp landed by the offshore fleet is processed in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Northern Shrimp and Adjacency

Communities depend on the resources adjacent to them. In 2014, the Northern Shrimp fishery was valued at $180 million, supporting 250 owner-operated enterprises, 1500 crew members, and over 1200 plant workers.

The inshore fleet landed 45,817 metric tonnes of northern shrimp in 2013, and after the cuts in 2014 they landed 38,555MT, all of which was processed in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Unfair Sharing

Our rural communities rely on these resources, as they have for many generations. The federal government is unfairly sharing the northern shrimp resources in the waters off our province, allotting a much larger portion of the quota to the offshore fleet.

The federal government is deviating from the longstanding principle of adjacency. They are favouring the offshore fleet and at the same time they are destroying the inshore fleet and our coastal communities.

Join us in our campaign against this injustice and attack on rural NL

FFAW-Unifor and our many supporters have been advocating for fair sharing of fisheries resources based on the established principle of adjacency.

FFAW-Unifor has worked hard to ensure the people of Newfoundland and Labrador are aware of the value of our fishery and the jobs that are being taken from our province.

We have demonstrated publicly and engaged with communities, media, business owners, politicians and all concerned residents to fight this injustice.

We will be embarking on a province-wide awareness campaign in early 2015 and we will be in a community near you. Please refer to this website for updates on dates and locations.


Additional Resources:

FFAW-Unifor Report on the Northern Shrimp Fishery: The Socio-Economic Importance of Maintaining Adjacency in Allocation Decisions

FFAW-Unifor Submission to DFO

Government of Newfoundland Labrador Submission to DFO

The Telegram: Shrinking Shrimp Resource hitting home

Keith Sullivan in The Telegram: Shrimp Cuts in Perspective