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DFO REJECTS FFAW WORKING GROUP PROPOSAL FOR BUDDY UP IN 2J3KL NORTHERN COD, HARVESTERS FOREWARN OF OFFSHORE DRAGGERS COMING

Despite an overwhelming majority voting in favour of buddy-up in cod, late yesterday afternoon DFO advised the FFAW that buddy-up will not be implemented in 2J3KL for the 2024 season.
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NOTICE TO HARVESTERS – DETAILS FOR HERCULES EXPLORATION DRILLING PROGRAM

Equinor Canada has engaged FFAW to notify harvetsers in 3L of its upcoming exploration drilling program at the Sitka well site in the Flemish Pass (47 51′ 13.7566″ N; 46
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MEDIA RELEASE: Employment Insurance Rates Change for Seasonal Workers While Feds Fail to React, Again

ST. JOHN’S, NL – Employment rates have increased in Newfoundland and Labrador, meaning seasonal workers once again require additional hours and weeks of work to ensure a top employment insurance
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COD BUDDY-UP BALLOT RESULTS

FFAW has heard from harvesters seeking buddy up in the 2J3KL Northern cod fishery. Over the winter, the FFAW Cod Working Group developed a proposal, that if supported by the
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DFO Disappointment Continues: 2J3KLPs Capelin Management Plan Not Reflective of Stock Health

June 5, 2024 Yesterday afternoon, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) released their management plant for the 2024 2J3KLPs capelin fishery, announcing a rollover in the management plan from
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MEDIA RELEASE: DFO Doubles Down on Redfish Giveaway: NL MPs Fail to Step-Up for Provincial Fishery

June 1, 2024 Late yesterday evening, DFO released the 2024-2025 Management Plan for redfish. The cowardly move came after the close of NL business hours and doubled down by taking
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Provincial Loan Program Secures Independent Future for Owner-Operator Fishery

St. John’s, NL –  The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) is pleased to share the Provincial Government’s announcement today regarding a significant investment by the Innovation and Business
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NL SEAL SIGHTINGS LOGBOOK PROGRAM – CALL FOR PARTICPANTS

In an effort to better understand seal distributions in NL, we are asking harvesters to complete a daily log documenting seal sightings during fishing activities. We are seeking participants from
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FAIR DEAL NOW: PLANT WORKER NEGOTIATIONS BREAK DOWN 

Beothic Fish Processors Limited, located in New-Wes-Valley in the 3K fishing region, employs 375 processing workers and will be in a legal position to take a strike vote this coming
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4RST Halibut Receives Modest TAC Increase 

Today, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced total allowable catch (TAC) for the 4RST Atlantic halibut fishery, announcing a total TAC of 2466, up by almost 14% over last
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Northern Cod Reassessment Grounds for Increased Stewardship Fishery and Government’s Commitment to NL Inshore

The position of the Fish, Food, and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) on access and allocation for Northern cod remains the same as historically recorded, with the first 115,000t being allocated
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NL Harvesters Say Thanks For Nothing, Bait Fishery Slap in the Face to License Holders

This morning, the federal government announced a bait fishery for Atlantic mackerel in Atlantic Canada and Quebec. A bait fishery for mackerel will do nothing for harvesters in Newfoundland and
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