Media Advisory - Fishermen to rally against changes to salmon fishery

VANCOUVER, Jan. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Fishermen will be demonstrating their opposition to proposed changes to the BC salmon fishery that could ruin their livelihood.

Led by the United Fishermen and Allied Workers' Union (UFAWU-Unifor), BC's independent commercial salmon fishermen are fighting back against Individual Transferable Quotas (ITQs), which they say will drive up the cost of salmon fishing, leaving large corporations owning all of BC's salmon.

"The Department of Fisheries and Oceans needs to stand up for small coastal communities and keep the salmon fishery competitive," said Kim Olsen, President of UFAWU-Unifor.

Olsen will be at a meeting today of the Commercial Salmon Advisory Board and will exit at 4:00pm to tell rallying members what he heard.

What: Rally to save independent salmon fishery
When: 4:00pm
Where: Morris J Wosk Centre, 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Unifor was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 with the merger of the Canadian Autoworkers with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union. With more than 300,000 members, it is Canada's largest union in the private sector.

SOURCE Unifor

For further information:

please contact Unifor Western Regional Communications Representative Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 or Ian.Boyko@unifor.org