Fisheries union disappointed in decision not to increase northern cod stewardship quotas

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The province's largest fisheries union says northern cod stewardship quotas should have been increased this year instead of remaining at the 2009 level as was announced last week by federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea.
The Fish, Food and Allied Workers' (FFAW) union states that increases in stock biomass in recent years should allow for increases in quota levels.
FFAW president Earle McCurdy noted the union stressed in a recent meeting with Shea that the 3,750-pound individual quotas of northern cod should be increased in light of increases in biomass reported in Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) stock surveys in recent years.
"Quotas have essentially stagnated despite improvements in the stock," McCurdy said.
He claimed the recent designation of cod as "endangered" by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) was a factor in the Shea's decision.
"The estimated biomass of this stock has increased about eight-fold over the past five or six years, according to DFO stock status reports," McCurdy said. "It's hard to grasp the logic of a population growing by that extent and numbering in the vicinity of 150 million individual animals being deemed to be endangered."
The union leader noted the evidence of stock biomass increases "totally flies in the face" of the definition of endangered in the Species at Risk Act.

Organizations: Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Allied Workers, Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife

Geographic location: Canada

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  • Wayne R
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    The stock is increasing, but as Leo Seymour from Harbour Round testified at a recent meeting of the House of Commons Fisheries and Oceans Committee Meeting in Deer Lake, they have to be left to the foreigners.

    Left to the foreigners as trade offs for the purchasing of goods from vote rich Ontario and Quebec.

    If we are to Save our Fish then the only way this is going to happen is for us to reopen the Terms of Union and take back control of OUR fishery.

    Unless we do this, the returning Northern Cod will be traded off for more votes in Upper Canada.

    Can we ever allow again the Federal Fisheries Minister to trade off 11 million pounds of cod for a 10 % tariff on the Quebec textile industry?

    Our answer should be no.

    When the oil and minerals are depleted we still need our fish to survive and as we have done for the last 500 years.

    Stand up for NL. Take back our fish now.

    Wayne R. Bennett
    Leader
    NL First
    www.nlfirst.ca

  • Wayne R
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    The stock is increasing, but as Leo Seymour from Harbour Round testified at a recent meeting of the House of Commons Fisheries and Oceans Committee Meeting in Deer Lake, they have to be left to the foreigners.

    Left to the foreigners as trade offs for the purchasing of goods from vote rich Ontario and Quebec.

    If we are to Save our Fish then the only way this is going to happen is for us to reopen the Terms of Union and take back control of OUR fishery.

    Unless we do this, the returning Northern Cod will be traded off for more votes in Upper Canada.

    Can we ever allow again the Federal Fisheries Minister to trade off 11 million pounds of cod for a 10 % tariff on the Quebec textile industry?

    Our answer should be no.

    When the oil and minerals are depleted we still need our fish to survive and as we have done for the last 500 years.

    Stand up for NL. Take back our fish now.

    Wayne R. Bennett
    Leader
    NL First
    www.nlfirst.ca