What has the MFU done for Fishermen/Women?

The MFU has always led the way for inshore fishermen and has been their most effective voice.

We are governed by an annual convention and an elected council of fish harvesters from both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and we represent 1,500 inshore fishing operations in both of these provinces. The MFU actively works on market and price issues and is committed to finding viable ways for young harvesters to enter the industry and for older harvesters to retire with dignity.

We have led the struggle with other fishermen’s organizations to maintain and strengthen the fleet separation and owner operator policies and we are working with an alliance of other fishing organizations to secure relief for the lobster industry in Atlantic Canada during these difficult times.

In Cape Breton, MFU Local 6 has representatives on the Lobster Advisory Council and a member on the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters . Our work here has necessitated us being actively engaged in finding a solution to the current lobster crisis.

Local 6 - is working on environmental issues such as the Eastern Scotian Shelf Integrated Management (ESSIM) and a Clean Oceans initiative. We are also monitoring Transport Canada changes that will affect all inshore fish harvesters.

Local 6 - has representation covering Lobster, Groundfish, Mackerel, Herring, Tuna, Swordfish, Scallops, Grey Seals, Developing species and Snow Crab. To this end we are paying close attention to certification and market changes affecting our fishery as well as monitoring issues affecting you such as changes to incorporation rules for fish harvesters.