Sunday, September 05, 2004

Someone is on our side, someone else is not

Don't make Canadian unions angry, you wouldn't like them when they're angry: St. John's — Faroe Islands shrimp boats will return to waters just outside Canadian jurisdiction if the country is not allotted a greater share of the European shrimp catch, the country's fisheries minister warned Wednesday. Fisheries Minister Bjorn Kalso said Faroese fishermen will resume harvesting shrimp over and above a quota set by the North Atlantic Fisheries Organization, reigniting a dispute that saw Canadian officials threaten last week to ban vessels from the Faroe Islands, Denmark and Greenland from its ports. [...] But it's a “flimsy claim” for access to the shrimp fishery, said Earle McCurdy, president of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union. It's outrageous that a country can simply object and set its own quota under the rules of NAFO, he said. Wow. It's almost like international organizations, for the most part, mean nothing and can't even be bothered (nor, indeed, have the practical capacity) to enforce their own rules. What a concept! Can we figure out some way of giving union members a monetary stake in the IAEA's performance in Iran?

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