Oil and gas activities in Newfoundland and Labrador have surged exponentially over the last decade. As the union representing all inshore fish harvesters in the province, FFAW-Unifor works diligently to mitigate any impacts the oil and gas industry has on the fishing industry. This work results in a huge cost burden on the union, the cost of which is not fully covered by contributions from the oil and gas sector.
Collaborative working relationships between FFAW and the oil and gas industry benefit fish harvesters and mitigate many issues that would otherwise occur. In fact, FFAW has lobbied successfully to prevent seismic operations on fishing grounds during peak fishing activity, sensitive spawning times and during science surveys.