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The Future of the Redfish Fishery

The Unit 1 Redfish Fishery is expected to be commercial in the next 2 years, and presents the opportunity to be amongst the most important economic generators for the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador for the next several decades – but only if the inshore receives access.

This is a decision that threatens to transfer the future wealth of our ocean resource to corporations and not the people in the adjacent communities. As such, FFAW is seeking government’s commitment to secure a place for NL harvesters in this fishery and allocate more than 50% to the inshore fleet.

FFAW-Unifor’s Unit 1 Redfish Campaign is intended to explain the importance of the principle of adjacency in the process of consultation for access and allocations – A process that has been given an insufficient deadline of November 1 by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for industry to participate.

Click on the images in the Gallery to learn more about Unit 1 Redfish, the Principle of Adjacency, and the incredible impact of a community-based Redfish Fishery for Newfoundland and Labrador.


Redfish in the Media

“Redfish Rebuilt and Ready” (Gulf of Maine Times; October 27, 2010)
“Redfish making a comeback on N.L.’s southwest coast” (SaltWire; August 9, 2018)
“Biomass bonanza: Redfish making a big comeback in the Gulf of St. Lawrence” (CBC; November 27, 2018)
“Redfish Biomass In Gulf Unprecedented” (The Navigator Magazine; August 1, 2020)
“Atlantic Canada fishing industry prepping for redfish revival” (SaltWire; April 23, 2021)
“Interest in Unit 1 Experimental Redfish Fishery Growing” (The Navigator Magazine; July 1, 2021)
“The inexplicable rise of redfish in Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence” (Oceana; September 29, 2021)
“Newfoundland fishery coalition wants redfish consultations revamped” (SaltWire; October 14, 2021)
“FFAW concerned about quotas for return of redfish fishery in Gulf of St. Lawrence” (NTV; October 14, 2021)
“Inshore Coalition Consultation Process is ‘Rushed’, Says FFAW President” (VOCM; October 14, 2021)
“The redfish fishery is returning. So is angst about quotas” (CBC; October 16, 2021)

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