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Early Christmas for Fortune OCI Plant Workers

By Jamie Baker

Christmas came early for the people who have been hoping to see the Ocean Choice (OCI) fish processing plant in Fortune, NL reopened to processes a portion of the company’s yellowtail flounder quota.

And it almost literally was Christmas when the deal was announced.

At 7:30 p.m. on Friday night, Dec. 21 long after most people had started their holiday celebrations, the provincial government and the company released word of the deal, which will see the company ship a huge amount of fish out of the province unprocessed in return for opening the Fortune facility and providing work for upwards of 110 people.

The plant was set to be open in January processing cod, but within six months, the province said yellowtail will be in the hands of the workers.

To read the rest of this article, check out this month's issue of The Navigator.

A Touchy Subject: Lobster Quotas Out of the Question, But Calls for Change are Growing

By Alain Meuse

Federal Cabinet Minister Gail Shea let loose a bag full of hammers with her off-the-cuff suggestion to a PEI media source that quotas may be the way to go to tackle the on-going glut problem in the lobster fishery, particularly in Lobster Fishing Areas (LFA) 33-34.

You won’t find anyone connected with this sector of the industry backing that idea for the simple reason that it couldn’t be enforced without mega bucks coming from the fishery itself.

“Both the buyers and fishermen are opposed to the idea,” Marc Surette, Executive-Director, NSFPA, said in response to Shea’s pronouncement.

While this fishery is the only one operating without quotas, there is a reason for it; the sheer number of participants.

To read the rest of this article, check out this month's issue of The Navigator.

Atlantic Canada Fishery Threatened by CETA, Report Warns

By Jamie Baker

The ongoing negotiations between Canada and the European Union on a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) have raised concerns in the fishing industry in Atlantic Canada.

And a researcher is publicly suggesting there’s good reason for that concern because he says the EU wants provincial governments in Atlantic Canada to get rid of minimum processing requirements for fish.

A report released recently by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).suggests that the proposed Canada-EU CETA deal, and other trade and investment treaties, actually “threaten the sustainability of fisheries and fishing communities in Atlantic Canada.”

The report, entitled Globalization, Trade Treaties and the Future of the Atlantic Canadian Fisheries (read it HERE), suggests that “new treaties could undermine the ability of Canadians to pursue public policies that curb domination of the fisheries by large corporations and help spread the benefits of the fishery more widely among independent fishers and coastal communities.”

To read the rest of this article, check out this month's issue of The Navigator.


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