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October 7, 2022

NSB MPAn October Meetings, Connected Coast Update & More

NSB MPAn Holds October Meetings The Northern Shelf Bioregion Marine Protected Area Network (NSB MPAn) proposal consultation process is currently open for public engagement. Over the month of October 2022, a series of in-person events will take place this month in Campbell River, Masset, Daajing Giids, Prince Rupert, and Kitimat. The meetings are scheduled as […]

September 29, 2022

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day. It is a day of remembrance for victims of the Canadian residential school system. The symbolism of the orange shirt comes from former residential school student Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, whose orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken away […]

September 29, 2022

UFAWU-Unifor Remembers Helen-Anne Beans

With deep sadness, we announce the passing of UFAWU-Unifor Vice President, Helen-Anne Beans.  Helen passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 25th.  Born on March 30th, 1990, Helen was 32 years old at the time of her death.  After many years of Membership in the Union and taking an integral role in a 2018 organizing campaign, […]

September 22, 2022

NSB MPA Network Proposal Now Open for Public Engagement 

The Northern Shelf Bioregion Marine Protected Area Network (NSB MPAn) proposal consultation process is now open for public engagement.  UFAWU’s Business Agent Emily Orr is a Commercial Fishery Representative Member of the Integrated Advisory Committee, which serves as an information conduit between the MPAn coordinators and stakeholders. After a series of recent update meetings offered by […]

September 16, 2022

Fraser Update & A Note From Our Organizer

Today, the PSC recommended and the Panel adopted a run size of 3.8M for the Summer run and 2.05M for the Late run (an increase from 2M). Despite a small run size increase to Late run Sockeye, there is no additional quota available for Area B and H at this time. Area B quota remains […]

September 7, 2022

UFAWU Meets With Minister Osborne, Others

Today, UFAWU-Unifor met with Minister of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship Josie Osborne. Union leadership and staff explained the devastating impact that the PSSI closures had on fishers, the desperate need for support akin to what the agriculture industry has received, and more. Others present included Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Aquaculture Fin Donnelly; Assistant […]

August 24, 2022

PSC Update From DFO, Media & Political Engagement

PSC Update From DFO The Fraser Panel met today for their normally scheduled meeting. The accounted run to date of Fraser Sockeye is 3,375,300 and the in-season adopted run size is 5,544,000 (pre-season expectation at the p50 was 9,775,000). Summers are tracking below the p50 through Mission but are projected to increase to above the […]

July 29, 2022

NNFC Licence Issue, Dues Chart, Skeena, and More

NNFC Delayed Licences Update Last week, UFAWU-Unifor staff were made aware of an issue regarding licence wait times facing Northern Native Fishing Corporation harvesters. On the morning of Monday, July 25, UFAWU-Unifor released a media release to inform the media about this issue: “Northern Native Fishing Corporation harvesters have been unable to fish due to […]

July 25, 2022

NNFC Fish Harvesters Forced To Wait Days For Licences

Northern Native Fishing Corporation harvesters have been unable to fish due to late licence issuance by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). The N.A.G. licences required by NNFC fishers have been “On Hold” since July 13, 2022. As of July 21, 2022, NNFC fish harvesters have missed out on four days of valuable fishing time. “A […]

July 21, 2022

Monitoring, PSSI, Escapement, & More

Monitoring Plan 2022 In 2022, for the Skeena and Nass fisheries, the “Minister” is requiring short sets, short nets, revival boxes and an At-Sea Observer program in order for gillnets to go fishing. As in the past, fishermen have to pay for this. Area C Harvest Committee is responsible for setting up and overseeing the […]

July 15, 2022

Dock+, Skeena Openings, IFMPs, & Hazards Survey

Dock+ Is Making Processing Facilities Accessible Located in Port Alberni, Dock+ is breaking down the barriers to entry of large-scale food production. The space, which is owned by the Port Alberni Port Authority at Fishermen’s Harbour, offers harvesters the ability to process their catch in a convenient location at an affordable rate. The Dock+ kitchen […]

June 23, 2022

Call For Photos: UFAWU-Unifor Members At Work

UFAWU-Unifor is putting out a call for photos! We want to see photos of our members at work— prepping, fishing, or on the dock. Photo submissions will be featured in our monthly newsletter, on social media, or on our website. Please give your submission a title, as well as a short description including any relevant […]

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