The FFAW is opposed to a proposal to allow draggers on northern cod pre-spawning grounds.
The union claims the Groundfish Advisory Council’s proposal involves offshore draggers on pre-spawning grounds. The recommendation was strongly opposed by the fisheries union.
FFAW President Keith Sullivan calls it “absolutely disingenuous” for offshore companies to call for caution while at the same time proposing to fish in sensitive areas. He believes having draggers on pre-spawning grounds contributed to the collapse of the commercial cod fishery in the early 90s.
“Using draggers to fish on pre-spawning cod grounds significantly contributed to the collapse of cod in the 1990s and cannot play in role in the future of northern cod.” https://t.co/UMoACqOqyH #nlpoli pic.twitter.com/fuoqAyMy4c
— FFAW-Unifor (@FFAW_Unifor) April 12, 2019
The union says northern cod gather to over-winter on the shelf edge in January and February. They say the fish are tightly packed and vulnerable at that time of year.
Sullivan claims the offshore proposal is “not just irresponsible”, but runs counter to Ottawa’s commitment to allocate the first 155,000 tonnes of northern cod to inshore harvesters and Indigenous groups.