FFAW needs to go

The Compass - - Editorial -

I got a let­ter and a bill from the FFAW to­day ask­ing for union dues and telling me of the good things they are about to do next year.

They have been telling us they were go­ing to do good things for 25 years now since the mora­to­rium on cod, at the same time the for­eign­ers have been go­ing off with our fish on the nose and tail of the Grand Banks, all un­der the FFAW watch. That is why cod, red­fish and tur­bot haven’t in­creased for NL fish­ers in many years now.

FFAW say they done away with LIFO (last in, first out) — maybe so, but not be­fore most of the shrimp went to the off­shore fleet, and not be­fore a large por­tion of the shrimp quota was al­lo­cated in north­ern ar­eas where the off­shore fleet has ac­cess. No good to shut the door af­ter the horse has left the barn.

Tur­bot was said to orig­i­nate in the Davis Strait and mi­grate south along the Labrador coast to the nose and tail of the banks. Tur­bot quo­tas have in­creased on the nose and tail of the Grand Banks where the for­eign­ers fish, while in ar­eas along the Labrador coast such as 2JGH 3K, where NL fish­ers fish, quo­tas have de­creased.

The cod mora­to­rium has been in place for over 25 years now and fish have not in­creased at all like they should have. That is be­cause the for­eign­ers have been al­lowed to har­vest them with­out ap­pre-

hen­sion as they mi­grate over the 200-mile limit. It is left up to the coun­try of ori­gin to po­lice them.

DFO has given the FFAW the right to gov­ern fish­er­men as they see fit and in re­turn the FFAW has given the fed­eral gov­ern­ment the right-of-way to do what they like with fish quo­tas, es­pe­cially on the nose and tail of the Grand Banks.

Please, fish­er­men of New­found­land and Labrador, stand up to this FFAW, which is only here for them­selves and a se­lect few.

Please stand up for your kids’ and grand­kids’ fu­ture.

Get rid of this FFAW union now.

Oswan Tucker writes from Reef’s Har­bour

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