Newfoundland and Labrador Crab Harvesters Stand United

July 13, 2010, 3:55 PM EST

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After resisting demands for lower crab prices from seafood producers, Newfoundland and Labrador crab harvesters remained united, fighting to get a price of $1.35 per pound, ensuring the provincial crab fishery got underway this season. 

"Clearly $1.35 is not a feasible price for crab going into the future, but we needed to get this fishery started and harvesters are to be commended for standing united on this issue and allowing that to happen this year," said FFAW/CAW President Earle McCurdy.

After a back and forth struggle between the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) and FFAW/CAW negotiators the crab fishery is now moving ahead bringing tremendous relief to rural Newfoundland and Labrador communities dependent on the fishery.

McCurdy urged more provincial government involvement including improved marketing and a better overall sales structure in the industry.

In future, better and more organized ways of doing business are needed when it comes to assessing market situations and marketing products to ensure everyone gets the best possible return from the fishery, McCurdy said. He stressed the union is committed to finding solutions before the start of the next season.

"Harvesters and plantworkers, as well as those working in associated industries, suffered, a great deal of stress and uncertainty this year and we need to avoid that in the future," McCurdy said. The FFAW/CAW represents thousands of harvesters and plant workers across the province.

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