Crab harvesters

Hundreds of crab harvesters protest on steps of Confederation Building

Hundreds of crab harvesters protested on the steps of Confederation Building today.

It’s been one week since they refused to go out on the water because of low crab prices. NTV’s Bailey Howard was there.

Dispute over crab prices keeping boats off the water

This week was supposed to be the start of the province’s most lucrative fishery, but a dispute over prices is keeping boats off the water.

The FFAW says crab harvesters can’t afford to fish after the price-setting panel sided with the processors late last week. NTV’s Marykate O’Neill has the details.

FFAW says crab harvesters won’t fish after price-setting panel sides with processors

The Standing Fish Price Setting Panel announced its decision on the price of snow crab for the start of the 2023 fishing season, selecting the Association of Seafood Producer’s (ASP) second price submission of $2.20 over the FFAW’s price of $3.10.

The FFAW says crab committees throughout the province have made the unanimous decision not to fish at what they call an unsustainable price and will review this position in the coming weeks.

“The Panel’s decision today has put our industry in the most precarious situation it’s ever been in,” FFAW president Greg Pretty said in a statement. “The Final Offer Selection (FOS) process has completely lost its way when bottom of the barrel prices are being selected without absolutely any merit. People can’t fish at 2.20. They can’t hire crew, they can’t generate enough to pay business loans, insurance, purchase fuel or bait, and still break even at the end of the day.”

The union is calling asking for an urgent meeting with Premier Andrew Furey.

“Our Union is also solidifying plans for further political action, because this decision today just highlights how broken our system is,” Pretty said. “Companies will survive this year and in a few years, this will be nothing but a distant memory. But hundreds of enterprises will not survive this year. There will be bankruptcies and there will be thousands of people out of work”

FFAW-Unifor will be meeting with all Crab Committees throughout the province to review the ongoing situation and further updates will be provided to members as available.

Some relief for crab harvesters with announced increase in quota

There has been some relief for inshore crab harvesters, a quota increase for this season. NTV’s Bailey Howard tells us more.

Police presence in St. Mary’s as rumours circulate of planned harvester protest

Inshore crab harvesters are continuing to protest. Rumours that those protests would move to St. Mary’s today brought police to the area.

NTV’s Bailey Howard tells us more.

Crab protesters launch flotilla in St. John’s Harbour

Inshore crab harvesters continued their protests today, by launching a flotilla of boats for 3L inshore crab, in St. John’s harbour. NTV’s Beth Penney reports. 

Protesting crab harvesters confront fisheries minister after ejection from chamber

There was drama at the House of Assembly today after protesting crab harvesters were kicked out of the chamber for causing a disruption.

That led to a confrontation with the Fisheries Minister in the lobby, after a long day of protests all over the capital city. NTV’s Bailey Howard reports.

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