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February 17, 2022

Fish Harvester Unions Speak Out Against DFO Minister

Unions representing fish harvesters on both coasts of Canada are speaking out today against Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, for the single-minded method by which the portfolio is being managed. The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) of Newfoundland and Labrador and the United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union (UFAWU-Unifor) of British […]

December 17, 2021

UFAWU-Unifor Response to Herring Fisheries Closures

CAMPBELL RIVER, Dec 17, 2021 — Yesterday, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard Joyce Murray announced a new approach to Pacific herring management that will see “most commercial fisheries for Pacific herring closed” in yet another severe blow to BC commercial harvesters and their communities.   “Everyone has been blindsided by this announcement,” UFAWU-Unifor […]

November 24, 2021

UFAWU-Unifor Letter to Minister Joyce Murray on Herring Fisheries

Dear Minister, Re: Pacific Herring Commercial Fisheries UFAWU-Unifor is deeply concerned about the delay of the 2021/2022 Pacific Herring commercial fishing season. Our members and associate organizations rely on an expectation of sound and timely decision-making from your office, and we ask that you act on the recommendations put before you. We support DFO’s mission […]

October 29, 2021

CBFWA Stops Moorage Fees For Harvesters Hurt By DFO PSSI Decision

PRINCE RUPERT, Oct 29, 2021 — The Cowichan Bay Fishermen’s Wharf Association has announced it will not charge moorage fees to harvesters financially impacted by a Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) decision to abruptly close many of British Columbia’s salmon fisheries. “This choice has been made following the arbitrary and devastating decision made by the […]

October 5, 2021

UFAWU-Unifor Salmon Survey Finds Harvesters Devastated by Closures

PRINCE RUPERT, Oct 5, 2021 — A recent UFAWU-Unifor online survey for commercial salmon harvesters has found that fishers and their families have been financially devastated by the abrupt closure of many B.C. salmon fisheries. The survey, which was open to both members and non-members of UFAWU-Unifor, found that of the many impacts of the […]

September 9, 2021

UFAWU-Unifor Calls on DFO To Extend Harvester Benefit Deadline

PRINCE RUPERT, Sept 9, 2021 — Following months of delays, online application problems, and little DFO assistance, UFAWU-Unifor is calling for an extension to the second Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program application and appeal deadline. “The COVID-19 pandemic caused a market collapse and prevented harvesting in many areas,” UFAWU-Unifor President James Lawson says. “Everyone […]

July 8, 2021

Statement on the Closure of 79 B.C. Salmon Fisheries

The following statement is supported by a coalition of fish harvester organizations made up of B.C. Northern Trollers Association, Area C Harvest Committee, Area D Gillnet Association, Area D Harvest Committee, Area E Gillnet Association, Area E Harvest Committee, Area F Harvest Committee, Area G Harvest Committee, Canadian Independent Fish Harvesters Federation, Canadian Sablefish Association, […]

June 29, 2021

Response to Announcement of Salmon Closures

PRINCE RUPERT, June 29, 2021 — Today, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced the closures of 79 salmon fisheries as part of phase two of the Pacific Salmon Strategy Initiative (PSSI) — leaving UFAWU-Unifor worried about the future of commercial salmon harvesters. "Today's closure announcements are deeply concerning. The abruptness of the announcement, and lack […]

June 8, 2021

UFAWU-Unifor Response to PSSI

PRINCE RUPERT, June 8, 2021 — Today, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced the introduction of the Pacific Salmon Strategy Initiative (PSSI) — an initiative aiming to “stop Pacific salmon declines now, while helping rebuild stocks over the longer term.” UFAWU-Unifor appreciates that DFO is addressing the current salmon crises. It is crucial that steps […]

May 27, 2021

The Future of B.C. Commercial Fishing Report Now Available

In response to the ongoing environmental and socio-economic devastation of British Columbia’s commercial salmon fishing industry, a comprehensive report on the fishery’s future has been released by UFAWU-Unifor and a number of other B.C. salmon organizations. The report recommends increased DFO transparency in many aspects of fishery management, as well as increased support from the […]

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