FFAW-Unifor raise N.L. fishery concerns with federal minister

Published on April 11, 2017

Federal Fisheries and Ocean Minister Dominic LeBlanc and Newfoundland and Labrador MPs met with representative of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) union in St. John's on Monday.

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Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) president Keith Sullivan said federal leadership will be crucial to developing a fair and sustainable fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Union reps met with Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc and Newfoundland and Labrador MPs in St. John’s on Monday to talk about urgent issues facing the province’s fishery.

According to a news release on Tuesday, discussions centred on the impact of cuts to the northern shrimp quota, declining crab stocks, the transition to groundfish, the mackerel fishery and the economic crisis facing harvesters in Placentia Bay.

Provincial Fisheries and Land Resources Minister Steve Crocker also attended the meetings.

“Minister LeBlanc acknowledged the benefits the inshore fishery provides to coastal communities,” Sullivan said in the release.

“He committed to reviewing the implications of recent quota cuts on the future of communities and to working with industry to mitigate the impact on harvesters and plant workers during the transition from shellfish to groundfish.”

The union also raised the need to support harvesters in Placentia Bay with an income improvement program and increased access to south coast halibut.

LeBlanc promised to work on solutions to address issues in that region as well, the release stated.

“It’s clear that the federal government is committed to taking steps that will support vibrant and sustainable communities in Newfoundland and Labrador,” Sullivan said.

“The FFAW will continue to hold our federal officials to account on their commitments to our membership.”