FFAW meets with federal fisheries minister

Union gets commitment on review of shrimp quota cuts, policies


Published on April 11, 2017

FFAW-Unifor president Keith Sullivan and other members of the union leadership met with Dominic LeBlanc, federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on Monday to discuss a number of issues surrounding the province's fishing industry.

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Members of FFAW-Unifor leadership team intend to hold federal government officials accountable to commitments made during a meeting in Ottawa on Monday.

The union met with Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic LeBlanc and Steve Crocker, provincial Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources

Discussions centered around concerns over the impact of a shrimp quota cut beyond what was recommended by the industry and how declining crab quotas will affect not only harvesters but 5,000 plant workers across the province.

The Fish Food and Allies Workers representatives also expressed concerns for harvesters in Placentia Bay under an income improvement program and discussed allowing for increased access to south coast halibut stocks.

“Minister LeBlanc acknowledged the benefits the inshore fishery provides to coastal communities. He committed to reviewing the implications of recent quota cuts on the future of communities and to working with industry to mitigate the impact on harvesters and plant workers during the transition from shellfish to groundfish,” FFAW President Keith Sullivan stated in a press release.

“Federal leadership will be critical in order to develop a fair, sustainable fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador.”