FFAW calling for fish quota to support proposals for in-province processing

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Earle McCurdy — Telegram file photo

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers’ union’s inshore council unanimously passed a resolution this week proposing that a developmental quota of yellowtail flounder and redfish be set aside from the Ocean Choice International allocations of these species to accommodate proposals to have these species caught and processed in the province.

Union president Earle McCurdy said council members were of the view that every avenue to maximize harvesting and processing jobs in the province should be explored.

They debated the issue after an hour-long meeting with the new provincial Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Derrick Dalley.

The Inshore Council is the policy-making division of the union’s inshore sector. It includes representatives of the various fishing fleets and geographic regions throughout the province.

Organizations: Derrick Dalley.The Inshore Council

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  • NL First
    November 03, 2012 - 16:18

    Certainly Good To See The Union Support What The People Of Our Province Support, Keep Our Resourses Here In This Province, And If OCI don;t want to process it they should loose it.

  • roy
    November 03, 2012 - 08:01

    Mr. McCurdy and his people have come up with a unique idea one that was never thought of before. " use our fish resources to the maximum benefit of the people in NL." Imagine that nobody thought of it before, but now we will study it. and he is still head of the union. After some study i guess they will come up with another idea to study it again and again. We live in a compeditave world, we want competition so that we can afford to live, we waqnt the cheepest product we can get, i'm sure all people are alike we look for the best price even those high salary wokers will look for a bargain and it doesn't matter where the product comes from, no one will pay $2.00 for something they can get for a dollar. Its a unique idea lets study it.

  • P earle
    November 03, 2012 - 06:45

    That’s it boys, That’s the stuff. Don't never turn your backs on this...putting as much benefit from the resource back to our coastal people. This duty has to be tackled as you know on different fronts and the most important one is governments. Every one makes mistakes That’s how we learn...the key however to making them is to see where we may have gone wrong , correct our selves , and never make them again. Then put it all behind us and go on and do the right things. Here I've been lately thinking I can't keep fighting for our fishers rights, and all that's been done wrong to them... and here you are right up front telling all the policy makers and power controllers in the fishery they are totally wrong..and it must change. Never turn back from this. No matter how difficult it will be to change the 62 year direction of our fishery.. nothing is harder then taking the first step....and That’s what you have now done. No matter how hard we have to fight to save the resource, our fishers and our coastal communities we have the greatest of all virtues on our side...truth. Well on boys...count me in. . p earle

  • Eli
    November 02, 2012 - 20:01

    Seriously Earl, where would you sell yellowtail or redfish factoring in the cost aftrer union processing?