Trapped In Thick Arctic Ice, Canadian Fishermen Call For Compensation
Heavy ice is making it impossible for fishermen from the Twillingate area to get to their crab fishing grounds.
“Basically it’s just an ocean of ice ahead of us,” he said on Wednesday afternoon. Bath said he’s seen harbours filled with ice before, but this is a lot heavier than usual.
“I think we left Twillingate around 12 p.m. and we’re just getting out of the harbour … It’s just hard going, we’re not making any time here at all. We don’t see any water ahead of us yet.”
“Crab means everything right now, cause the seal fishery is gone, the shrimp — pretty much they got that all taken from us,” he said.
“We have quite a bit of crab to catch so we’re trying to push to get out and get it as early as possible.”
The Fish, Food and Allied Workers union said in a news release on Wednesday that hundreds of fishing boats are being kept ashore by the ice that has built up around Newfoundland and Labrador.
President Keith Sullivan called on the federal government to pay compensation to fish harvesters who are kept away from the fishery.