The Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council is applauding the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for opening the 3Ps cod fishery to offshore trawlers. But the Fisheries Union isn’t so enthused.
On Friday, DFO announced it would be opening up the South Coast to 100-foot vessels looking to catch cod.
The President and CEO of Icewater Seafoods, Alberto Wareham, says the opening of the fishery means that the 200 employees at the fish plant in Arnold’s Cove can continue working year-round.
He says when cod from the summer and early fall is gone, they rely on larger year-round vessels to keep the plant operating.
A mate on the Ocean Breaker, Kyle Snook, says year-round, good-paying jobs are hard to come by, so the news comes as a major relief for workers, especially around Christmas.
However, FFAW President Keith Sullivan says Friday’s announcement was a major blow to the Newfoundland and Labrador fishery. He says it’s irresponsible because the cod stock isn’t strong.