N.L. union says Transport Canada changes hurting fishermen

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ST. JOHNS, N.L. The largest fisheries union in Newfoundland and Labrador says regulatory changes announced by Transport Canada are creating serious problems for fishermen.

Earle McCurdy, president of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers union, says some of the changes could potentially shut down portions of the fishing industry.

Since the new Canada Shipping Act came into effect in 2007, the federal government has begun implementing new certification and training requirements.

McCurdy says some of those requirements are ill-advised and impossible to comply with.

One requires mates on all vessels making multiple-day voyages to have a Fishing Master IV designation.

McCurdy says that would leave about 130 vessels in the under-60-tonne fleet facing the possibility of having to tie up because they wont have a ticketed mate aboard.

Organizations: Transport Canada, N.L. union, Allied Workers union

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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