UFAWU Response to Minister Murray, Rebecca Reid & Fraser Panel Canadian Caucus
Yesterday, UFAWU staff and leadership did our best to pull together short-notice meetings in support of access to Fraser sockeye commercial fisheries for Canadian South Coast salmon fleets in light of the news that the PSC/Fraser Panel Canadian Caucus had rejected implementation of the PSC independent science panel recommended run sizes & decided to hold off planning and implementation of commercial fisheries while US fisheries commenced.
Due to unforeseen circumstances & ferry delays there were issues with leadership & staff attendance for the start of the Steveston meeting.
We want to send out our appreciation & apologies to those of you who showed up in support. We would have loved to have had more time for planning & organization but we know you are also very aware of the extreme time sensitivity following the unexpected decision at the last PSC meeting. We know there was discussion regarding the issues at hand and re: plans for demonstrations if we are kept out of the water.
The meeting in Campbell River went ahead with people attending from Port Hardy, Sointula, Alert Bay, Campbell River, Comox etc. Thank you to those that could make it out.
At the meeting, UFAWU leadership and staff discussed the decision of the Fraser Panel Canadian caucus, the loss of commercial salmon opportunities this year from the Nass to the Fraser, what we can do to try and salvage a 2022 Fraser sockeye fishery and how to hold Canada, Minister Murray and DFO accountable now and in the future. And what actions we can take if that doesn’t happen.
To start we are demanding that Minister Murray and Rebecca Reid implement a reasonable preliminary commercial fishery. This fishery is based on the feedback we received from harvesters present at the meeting and in discussions with others leading up to it.
Please see the letter that we have sent to Minister Murray, Rebecca Reid & the Fraser Panel Canadian Caucus members. PSC meets today at 1 pm.
*TO THE SALMON FLEET FOLLOWING OUR CORRESPONDENCE, PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR ACTION PLANS ON DISCUSSED DEMONSTRATIONS FROM BOTH MEETINGS IF WE ARE FURTHER DENIED FISHING OPPORTUNITIES.