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March 2012 Archives

Full Speed Ahead at the Seal Hunt

The Northeast Coast Sealers Co-op is looking at a hunt this year that it hopes will match last year's.
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Nutan Furs is closing its seal tannery in Catalina.

The FFAW floats a plan that could help crab harvesters.nutan furs.JPG
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Some harvesters object to licence retirement plan.

The union is getting criticism for the way the Lobster Licence retirement fund is being administered.
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Owner-Operator Reaction from Nova Scotia

Harvesters in Cape Breton meet to talk about their fears over the possible loss of fleet separation and owner operator principles.
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The Fisheries Broadcast - Friday March 23, 2012

Remembering Jim Chidley - We'll mark the passing of the Keeper of the light at Bear Cove Point Lighhouse.
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The Fisheries Broadcast - Wednesday March 21, 2012

Biologist joins call for inquiry -  Noted Marine Biologist Dr. Jeff Hutchings says he supports MP Ryan Cleary's call for an inquiry into the Newfoundland and Labrador fishery.

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The Fisheries Broadcast - Tuesday March 20, 2012

People in the Reef's Harbour, New Ferolle are getting tired of excuses as to why their fish plant is not operating as much as it once did. 
There's hope for a seal fishery this year.
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The Fisheries Broadcast - Monday March 19, 2012

Today on the Broadcast. We Check in with the FFAW's Mildred Skinner on negotiations to determine the price of lobster. Veteran sealer Jack Troake weighs in on whether there'll be a Seal fishery and a conversation with MUN Sociologist Dr Barbara Neis about rebuilding the fishery and restoring communities.li-lobster-stjohns-503.jpg
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The Fisheries Broadcast - Friday March 16

 The union and OCI will go back to the bargaining table next week. Federal minister Keith Ashfield on fleet separation. Another call to ban the hakapik and a sealers group doesn't like what I DIDN'T say about the seal hunt.
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The Temperature Rises on Trawlermen's dispute.

Interviews with OCI's Martin Sullivan and the FFAW's Dave Decker point to the level of disagreement OCI's Martin Sullivan.jpgFFAW's David Decker (CBC).jpg

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The Grey Seal Hunt in the Gulf Was a Bust.

Only eight seals were taken this year in a hunt that was crippled by poor weather and poorer markets. We'll speak with Nova Scotia sealer Robert Courtney.A female grey seal moves over thin ice near the shore in Canso, N.S. (Andrew Vaughan_Canadian Press).jpg                                                                  A female grey seal moves over thin ice near the shore in Canso, N.S. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)

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We'll revisit Port Union to see how displaced workers are doing.

The fish plant in Port Union has been closed since Hurricane Igor struck the community in September 2010. (CBC ).jpgAn interview with union local president Jim Dalton. He has found work outside the community, but he says he is still fighting for a worker adjustment program for the community.
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400 dead seals found on Hay Island, NS

Humane Society discovers dead seals on Hay Island, but DFO has no idea yet why they died.ns-seal-hunt-1_620.jpg

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Fisheries Broadcast - Friday March 9 , 2012

We'll end the week where we started it...discussion of the DFO consultation process and possible changes to the owner operator agreement and the fleet separation policy. We'll try to figute out where the PROVINCE stands on all of this.
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Does the Province Support Fleet Separation Policy?

Premier Dunderdale on province's stand, plus more reaction from harvesters
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And The Debate Continues

More voices, including Premier Dunderdale on the Fleet Separation Policy and the owner-Operator agreement.
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Minister Ashfield on Modernization

The Federal Minister weighs in on why change is needed so much in today's fishery
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The Broadcast for Mon March 5th

More discission on Owner Operator Policy
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The BC Experience in the Fishery

NDP MP Nathan Cullen explains what happened in British Columbia where there is no Owner-Operator agreement.
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The Other Side to the Owner-Operator Debate

Some harvesters WANT changes to the Owner-Operator agreement
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