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January 28, 2023

Licence Retirement Deadline Reminder & Prawn IFMP

Pacific Salmon Commercial Licence Retirement Program Deadline Reminder This is a reminder that applications for the Pacific Salmon Commercial Licence Retirement Program are currently being accepted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). Applications for the Pacific Salmon Commercial Licence Retirement Program must be submitted by February 28, 2023. For more information from DFO on the program, […]

January 20, 2023

Herring Charity Sale, Prawn Labels, & More

Herring Charity Sale Two herring charity sales are taking place this Saturday in Steveston and James Bay. In Steveston, The 12th annual herring sale, organized by the charity Fishermen Helping Kids with Cancer, will take place at the Harbour Authority on Trites Road from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. In James Bay, Freshly caught herring […]

January 16, 2023

Critique: Sharing The Benefits

This post was originally published to The Fisherman website. More archived The Fisherman blog posts can be found on our Archive Page. The Union and Native Brotherhood have been calling for a Licensing Policy Review to ensure that license policies support Active Fishermen. At the same time, others have been working to entrench quota (sharing the […]

December 31, 2022

Letter From UFAWU President James Lawson

Dear UFAWU Members, 2022 has been a challenging year for commercial fish harvesters. With salmon and herring fisheries seeing even further reductions of access, increased uncertainty on the impending MPA closures in the Northern Shelf Bioregion, and the alarming escalation of the cost to go fishing, there are heavy battles on many fronts. The UFAWU […]

December 17, 2022

2023 Herring Direction From Minister & HIAB Recommendations

This week, the Minister provided DFO Herring Managers with direction for the 2022-2023 Herring IFMP which includes the following: Prince Rupert: Central Coast: SOG: Haida Gwaii and WCVI: Area 2W, 10, 12 and 27: UFAWU-Unifor sits on the Herring Industry Advisory Board (HIAB), and Union representatives met with members to make recommendations to HIAB on […]

December 9, 2022

Premiums Update & Last Chance For Pre-Christmas Calendar Orders

2023 Premiums Update Changes to the Benefit Fund premiums will be made as follows: The UFBF is offering the Full Benefit Plan or the Core Benefit Plan. Full Benefit Plan includes coverage for Dental, Extended Health, Weekly Indemnity, Hospital Benefit, Travel Assistance Benefit, Shipwreck, Loss of Life Benefit or Funeral Benefit. The annual premium rate […]

November 25, 2022

Dues Reminder and 2023 UFAWU-Unifor Calendar

UFAWU-Unifor Member Dues Reminder This is a friendly reminder to update Union dues payments in accordance with the sliding scale for dues remittance. If your insurable fishing earnings for 2022 were greater than $2,500 and you had paid the minimum dues of $36 at the beginning of the year; there is a balance of dues […]

November 18, 2022

UFAWU-Unifor Calendar, MPA Survey, and Pinniped Update

2023 UFAWU-Unifor Calendar — Preorder Now! The UFAWU-Unifor 2023 wall calendar is now available for preorder by both Union members and non-members. This 9x12 wall calendar celebrates the B.C. commercial fishing industry by showcasing commercial fishing vessels, harbours, and shoreside fish plants. Calendars cost $20 and can be purchased online using a credit card. Orders […]

November 5, 2022

PAB Meeting Updates and Union Calendar Coming Soon

Prawn Advisory Board Meeting Updates Yesterday, the Prawn Advisory Board held a Pre-IFMP Planning Meeting. Two notable updates from the meeting are outlined below. Tubs and Labelling The tub size maximum has been raised to 942ml/32oz.  Standardized Tub Labels will be required as of the 2023 season, which will include information to identify the vessel, date of catch, […]

October 28, 2022

Our Coast Doc, PSC Salmon Seminar, and UFAWU Calendar

New Fishing Doc Focuses On UFAWU President James Lawson UFAWU-Unifor President James Lawson is the focus of a new documentary called Our Coast. Directed by natural history film and TV researcher Ella Van Cleave, the film has been released as part of the Friday Harbour Film Festival. "Our Coast paints a portrait of fisherman James Lawson’s […]

October 19, 2022

Kyle Louis Elected UFAWU-Unifor Vice President

Kyle Louis has been elected into the position of UFAWU-Unifor Vice President. Kyle was elected into the role at a UFAWU-Unifor General Executive Board meeting on October 18, 2022. He previously represented GN Area E Prawn/Crab/Herring on the UFAWU-Unifor GEB. Kyle is a 4th generation commercial fisherman and owner-operator fishing Gillnet prawn, crab, and herring. He […]

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