Provincial Minister Requests Compensation for Fish Harvesters #nlpoli

Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources, Steve Crocker, has written to the Federal Government to request compensation to harvesters and plant workers impacted by the severe ice conditions this spring.

Snow crab and lobster fisheries would normally be starting or about to start this time of year but ice conditions along the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador have delayed the opening of these major inshore fisheries. Ice conditions could cause delays until at least mid-May which means many inshore harvesters and plant workers will be impacted as Employment Insurance (EI) benefits will have been exhausted by that time.

Compensation has been provided in the past and similar compensation for individuals will provide a reliable source of income for the foreseeable future.