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June 23, 2022

A Note On Fishery Notices

UFAWU-Unifor members, We have received a number of inquiries regarding upcoming fishery openings. Unfortunately, our knowledge of upcoming fishery openings is often limited to DFO fishery notices. When we become aware of information relevant to our members, we share it on our website and social media. To stay up to date on important fishery opening […]

June 20, 2022

May 2022 All Fishermen’s Meeting Tour Recap

Over the month of May, UFAWU-Unifor held Part One of the 2022 All Fishermen’s Meeting Tour.  The tour saw Union staff connect with harvesters across many areas of coastal B.C. including the Sunshine Coast, North Vancouver Island, Alert Bay, Sointula, and Bella Bella.  While UFAWU-Unifor has held several All Fishermen’s Meetings over the recent past, […]

June 17, 2022

Harvesters: Help PROWLS Feed Orphaned & Injured Birds

UFAWU-Unifor is pleased to announce it has connected with fellow non-profit organization PROWLS to help facilitate the use of fishery waste products to feed orphaned and injured wildlife. What is PROWLS? The Powell River Orphaned and Injured Wildlife Society (PROWLS) is a non-profit organization of volunteers committed to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of wild […]

June 16, 2022

UFAWU-Unifor Addresses Legislative Assembly of BC Finance Committee

On Monday, June 13, UFAWU Business Agent Emily Orr addressed the Legislative Assembly of BC Finance Committee with priorities for the 2023 Budget. Presenting a theme of asks that speak to Transition and Rebuilding of Commercial Fisheries, Emily asked for the Committee’s urgent consideration of: 1. Support of Commercial Fish Harvesters: labour force adjustment programs […]

June 13, 2022

Union Sees Success In Fixed Wing SAR Aircraft Crisis

In February 2022, UFAWU-Unifor became aware of a marine safety crisis unfolding in British Columbia. The Union learned that the Royal Canadian Air Force had recently retired its Buffalo search-and-rescue plane from service. Alarmingly, a botched plan to replace the aircraft meant B.C. would soon be without any fixed-wing SAR aircraft. The replacement planes were […]

May 4, 2022

May 2022 All Fishermen’s Meeting Tour

UFAWU-Unifor is excited to announce an upcoming meeting and dock tour which will cover many areas in and around Vancouver, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Island, and Bella Bella. This tour will allow UFAWU-Unifor staff to connect with commercial harvesters in a series of All Fishermen’s Meetings and dock walks. Face-to-face meetings with harvesters give Union staff […]

April 7, 2022

Union Welcomes Area A Crab As First Member Association

UFAWU-Unifor is very happy to welcome the Area A Crab Association as its first Member Association.   The Dungeness crab fishery is one of the most valuable fisheries in the Pacific Region, and Area A (Hecate Strait) makes up the largest percentage of the total crab fleet — both in number of active harvesters and […]

April 6, 2022

UFAWU-Unifor Holds Pender Harbour All Fishermen's Meeting

Yesterday, UFAWU-Unifor held an All Fishermen's Meeting in Pender Harbour, Madeira Park, BC. The meeting was open to both members and non-members of UFAWU-Unifor. The meeting focused on recent Federal fisheries management decisions and the future of the commercial fishery. Union staff also covered the recent work and areas of UFAWU-Unifor focus. The discussion also […]

March 29, 2022

BC Crab Harvesters Need Your Help!

DFO plans to reallocate 50% of the inside commercial crab fishery in Crab Area E and 25% of the outside crab fishery to the five Nuu-cha-nulth Nations on April 1. No consultative process or immediate mitigation or compensation plan for harvesters was announced. This will ruin the livelihoods of many harvesters and family-run businesses. Click […]

February 28, 2022

Fish Harvester EI Assistance Update

UFAWU-Unifor has heard from many fishermen regarding multiple issues with access to employment insurance. The two most common issues are: Denial of claims even despite EI posting that fishermen could be eligible using a reach-back to 2019. UFAWU-Unifor has since found out that they “made a mistake by not clarifying that if reach-back had been […]

February 3, 2022

Search-and-Rescue Oversight Could Endanger Fishermen

The Royal Canadian Air Force recently retired its Buffalo search-and-rescue planes from service. However, a botched plan to replace the aircraft could put West Coast fishermen at severe risk. The importance of search-and-rescue aircraft cannot be overstated. These planes save lives with quick access to vessels and their ability to drop pumps, survival kits, and […]

January 19, 2022

UFAWU-Unifor Meets With New Minister Murray

Last night, UFAWU-Unifor staff and leadership had the opportunity to meet virtually with the newest Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Joyce Murray. Minister Murray was appointed to her newest position back in October of 2021. Since her appointment, UFAWU-Unifor President James Lawson has had the opportunity to meet with Minister Murray […]

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