The Union is working with NSERC Project scientists on a variety of issues:

  • Spring salmon harvest rates in Area G
  • Skeena sockeye harvest rates
  • Area A Crab access
  • Predation by seals on both East and West Coasts

These projects have given us the scientific knowledge and biological arguments to ensure adequate harvests with good conservation practices.

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.


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 involved in MAPP (marine planning) and other cross-sectoral groups to protect fishermen's access in areas important for harvest.

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.

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: