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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 may be shipped or pick-up can be arranged in Campbell River, Vancouver, and Prince Rupert. Orders placed by December 10, 2022, will be shipped in time for Christmas.

Click here to order a calendar!

MPA Network Survey Closing Soon

The Network Action Plan survey will close on November 25, 2022.

"The Network Action Plan survey is one of the main tools for the public to share their input on the proposed Marine Protected Area (MPA) Network," the Network Action Plan Survey reads.

"After attending an open house or reading the Network Action Plan and its supporting documents, please take a moment to fill out the following survey (which should take about 10 minutes) and help support this work to create a MPA Network for all British Columbians."

Both fish harvesters and the general public are encouraged to participate in the consultation process. Even if you’ve already engaged in consultation as a Stakeholder, you are the public and encouraged to engage.

Click here to access the survey.

Pinniped Update

On November 8 and 9, 2022, a Seal Summit was held in St. Johns.

"The Seal Summit will facilitate further discussion and collaboration between Indigenous partners, the commercial fishing industry, environmental non-governmental organizations, academia, and provincial and territorial representatives on seal product development and market innovation in Atlantic Canada," a news release from DFO read.

Check out this article from SaltWire for an in-depth recap of the event.

Ken Pearce of the Pacific Balance Pinniped Society also offered an update on the ongoing pinniped campaign following the event.

According to Pearce, pinniped control is now front and center on the Federal level.

Pearce reported that the government is said to have committed $2,000,000 to market research for seal products and that tenders have been called for extensive studies into the east coast seal problem.

Pearce says it is unlikely that a Seal Summit will be held on the West Coast. However, a meeting between Minister Murray's staff and the Pacific Balance Pinniped Society is likely once information from the St. John's summit is tabled.

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