Fisheries union hopes pilot project will make cod fishery viable once again

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Fisheries union president Earle McCurdy started a news conference today by saying, "there has been a disaster in the cod fishery."

Earle McCurdy, president of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers' union, is hoping a pilot project for cod will increase the viability of the cod fishery in the province. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

McCurdy, head of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers' union, said the provincial government has opened the door for the possibility of shipping fresh, whole cod out of the province in 2014.

With processed cod at such a low price in the market, it is not economical, whereas whole cod premium market prices make the fishery viable.

He said the union has been pushing for government to make the move because it will allow for higher quality fish exports, and allow cod to become a bigger part of the economic mix in Newfoundland.

McCurdy said that "cod markets are extremely challenging" but a pilot project would allow harvesters to test the market and see if they can make a go of it.

Geographic location: Newfoundland

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  • my name?
    January 30, 2014 - 19:41

    the disaster in the cod fishery started in 1949 when Newfoundland became part of canada and DFO began to manage, sorry, mismanage the fishery. it's been downhill every sense, anyone want to argue with that?

  • Huck
    January 30, 2014 - 18:35

    We's not fishermen no more bys. We's into da good life now. Now we sells oil and hydro power.

  • des ball
    January 30, 2014 - 13:19

    its also time to allow the average person to catch a codfish to eat whenever they choose to

    • david
      January 30, 2014 - 16:07

      Right on! And should this same "average person" be so large as to need several codfish to satisfy his appetite, that should be fine, too. And, on any given day that he might grow weary of eating those codfish, why should he not be able to sell those fish so that other Newfoundlanders might eat this bounty? And whose business is it what this 'average' Newfoundlander takes in as income from such an endeavour? It should be completely a private issue and free of any reporting or taxes. Oh, and another thing! etc etc etc.

    • Dolf
      January 30, 2014 - 20:31

      I agree. I for one can't afford $7.00 a pound for cod fillets. Worse than that, it's more than likely farmed.