Nfld. & Labrador

FISH-NL reaches $16K fundraising goal

FISH-NL says it has reached its fundraising goal, after a five day campaign.

Money to pay for advertising, staff and membership drive

Ryan Cleary began his campaign to create a breakaway fishing union in September. (CBC)

The breakaway group of fish harvesters hoping to create a new union in Newfoundland and Labrador says it has reached its fundraising goal after just five days.

The Federation of Independent Seafood Harvesters has raised $16,000 in its GoFundMe campaign from 135 different donors, FISH-NL head Ryan Cleary said in a news release on Wednesday afternoon.

"We asked for support and we got it," Cleary said in the statement. 

FISH-NL has said the money will be used to purchase advertising, hire staff and manage the end of its membership drive.

"Support continues to pour in from all over Newfoundland and Labrador," Cleary said. "The momentum continues to build, and it's fascinating to watch it unfold."

The group's membership drive is set to wrap up before Christmas. If FISH-NL has the signed support of a majority of fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador, a vote will be held by the province's labour relations board.