The Northern Office of the United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union is calling on Fisheries and Oceans to re-examine BC fisheries policies.
The union has released a video and statement criticizing the corporate monopoly of the fishing industry.
It points to Jimmy Pattison’s “cradle to grave” monopoly over the industry through the Canadian Fishing Company.
The union is calling for a “minimum domestic processing requirement” in Canada, instead of sending away fish for processing overseas.
Joy Thorkelson of the UFAWU says there are laws on the east coast preventing one corporation from dominating the entire industry, but says the Pacific coast doesn’t have those protections in place.
She adds resources should benefits those who work in the industry and the communities that depend on them.
A Fisheries and Oceans standing committee will meet next week to discuss the closure of Canfisco’s Oceanside Plant.
Thorkelson says the union will be part of those meetings, and will try to get their message across.
The video by the union highlights First Nation’s contributions to the fishing industry, and how current regulations are hurting First Nations communities along the coast.
The video can be seen here.