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Fishermen’s protest interrupts environmental ministers’ press conference

Fishermen’s protest interrupts environmental ministers’ press conference
Fishermen’s protest interrupts environmental ministers’ press conference

ST. JOHN’S, NL — The union representing Newfoundland and Labrador’s coastal fishermen and fish processing plant workers today interrupted a news conference by the country’s environment ministers in St. John’s.

ST. JOHN’S, NL — The union representing Newfoundland and Labrador’s coastal fishermen and fish processing plant workers today interrupted a news conference by the country’s environment ministers in St. John’s.

They are demanding that the federal government reinstate a 32-year moratorium on commercial cod fishing in the province.

Ottawa announced last month that it would resume commercial cod fishing with a total allowable catch of 18,000 tonnes for the 2024 season.

About a dozen protesters from the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union delayed the news event by about 10 minutes, carrying signs reading “Stop Offshore Tugboats” and “Save Our Cod.”

The union opposes the inclusion of offshore and foreign fishing vessels in the reintroduced fishery.

Union president Greg Pretty says something needs to change in the way fishermen are treated in Ottawa.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 10, 2024.

The Canadian Press