The Fish, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (FFAW) has reached what its calling a landmark agreement with Nalcor Energy to compensate scallop harvesters in the Strait of Bell Isle.
The agreement deals with scallop fishermen who will be impacted by the underwater power cable used to bring energy from Muskrat Falls to the island portion of the province.
A $2.6-million lump sum, as well as 15 per cent for administrative costs, have been agreed to. The FFAW will administer the fund, providing annual payouts to affected members over a 30-year-period.
FFAW Earle McCurdy called the agreement the first of its kind in the province and hailed Nalcor for taking responsibility for the impact of its work.
“We hope others will learn from their example,” he said.
A portion of the scallop fishing Area 14A will be permanently closed. Nalcor held consultations where the harvesters raised concerns. A elected committee of scallop harvesters was created to negotiate with Nalcor. More than 90 per cent of scallop licence holders signed to have the FFAW negotiate on their behalf.
“We are happy with the outcome and positive consultation process undertaken with FFAW and its members,” said Nalcor Energy’s Gilbert Bennett.
The area closure will take place prior to the 2014 scallop fishing season.