As much as UFAWU-Unifor fishermen will try to work with others, we are not patsies. When unfair and nonsensical fish management takes place, the Union responds:
The UFAWU-Unifor works with First Nations to develop harvest plans that respect First Nations' rights and economic interests while ensuring a healthy marine commercial fishery.
The Union is involved in MAPP (marine planning) and other cross-sectoral groups to protect fishermen's access in areas important for harvest.
The question is how do we keep access to fish in marine areas?
The answer is by working together, being innovative and bringing defensible science to the table.
ACCESS to FISH
We are critical of those who try to shut down our fisheries - especially to enrich their own. The Union works to establish reasonable bycatch numbers that enable commercial fishermen to catch target species while sharing harvests with others .
The Union is working with NSERC Project scientists on a variety of issues:
These projects have given us the scientific knowledge and biological arguments to ensure adequate harvests with good conservation practices.