New­found­land and Labrador fish har­vesters’ re­peat its con­cerns

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While oil and gas in­dus­try stake­hold­ers in New­found­land and Labrador are cel­e­brat­ing an­other round of ex­plo­ration ex­pan­sion, an­other group is de­cry­ing the po­ten­tial im­pact on its in­dus­try.

The Fish, Food and Al­lied Work­ers union (FFAW-Uni­for) says two of the five suc­cess­ful bids on parcels an­nounced by the Canada-New­found­land Off­shore Pe­tro­leum Board (CNLOPB) fall within a ma­rine refuge area that re­stricts all fish­ing ac­tiv­ity but al­lows oil and gas op­er­a­tions to con­tinue.

Union pres­i­dent Keith Sul­li­van says the sit­u­a­tion is frus­trat­ing for har­vesters who have al­ready sur­ren­dered, “con­sid­er­able fish­ing grounds in the name of con­ser­va­tion.

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