FSSSB not in­de­pen­dent from FFAW: Cleary

Northern Pen - - EDITORIAL -

Sept. 25th, 2017

I wish to re­spond to the Sept. 25th North­ern Pen ar­ti­cle “Port au Choix fish­er­man says hal­ibut tags are a union money grab” by Kyle Greenham and, more specif­i­cally, com­ments at­trib­uted to Ja­son Spin­gle, the FFAW-Uni­for’s west coast staff-rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

In the ar­ti­cle, Spin­gle is quoted as say­ing the Fish­eries Sci­ence Stew­ard­ship and Sus­tain­abil­ity Board (FSSSB) – which over­sees the At­lantic Hal­ibut Sus­tain­abil­ity Plan, the same one that charges 4R fish­er­men $200 for hal­ibut tags – is “an in­de­pen­dent or­ga­ni­za­tion, and not un­der the di­rect ju­ris­dic­tion of the union.”

That is not the case.

Ac­cord­ing to the province’s Reg­istry of Deeds, the FSSSB’s ad­dress is listed as 368 Hamil­ton Ave., St. John’s, the same ad­dress as the FFAW-Uni­for’s multi-mil­lion head­quar­ters.

Fur­ther, three of the FSSSB’s five di­rec­tors are FFAW-Uni­for of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing pres­i­dent Keith Sul­li­van, vice-pres­i­dent Dave Decker, and Bren­dan Con­don, who serves on the board of di­rec­tors of the union-con­trolled Fish Har­vesters Re­source Cen­tre, which has the mo­nop­oly on dockside mon­i­tor­ing for the province’s in­shore fleet.

While in­shore har­vesters from this province like Dean Ol­frey are told they have to pay for hal­ibut tags, har­vesters from the Mar­times and Que­bec – who fish in the same waters – do not have to pay for tags.

Spin­gle got that much right.

Ryan Cleary, Pres­i­dent, FISH-NL 682 4862

Ryan Cleary, Pres­i­dent, FISH-NL St. John’s, NL

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