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May 16, 2023

Negotiations took place all day today, with Premier Andrew Furey intervening between the FFAW and ASP. The Premier’s intervention today signals the extent of the current crisis and the need for action to find an agreeable solution for harvesters.

The Bargaining Committee has been clear, as they’ve been over the past several weeks, there is no willingness to fish unless companies move above the 2.20 minimum price. Discussions are planned to continue this evening between the two parties along with Premier Furey.

The Premier has committed to make changes to the process and that next season will not be the same – promising to work towards a pricing formula that will ensure fairness, transparency and stability for the industry.

However, an immediate solution is still needed to get the fishery underway this year. As noted, work will continue this evening and further updates will be provided when available.