In 1993, the Fish Harvesters’ Resource Centre was established to develop a network of harvester-based resource centres that would serve the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The centres were established as a non-profit organization and governed by a board of directors.
The FRC has office locations in three regions across the province. These locations are St. John's (Main Office), Port aux Choix (Dockside Monitoring Office) and Twillingate (Dockside Monitoring Office Seasonal).
The objectives and mandate of the FRC have changed since its inception in 1993. The FRC's main business lines currently involve dockside monitoring, gear tag supplier, and logbook supplier.
The FRC is a Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) certified dockside monitoring company. The FRC has a mandate to provide the Newfoundland and Labrador fishing industry with a comprehensive Dockside Monitoring Program (DMP) in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). The FRC monitors all major groundfish, shellfish and pelagic fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador fishing areas. This mandatory program is funded entirely by fish harvesters and is an essential element of the province’s fisheries management regime. The program also helps foster the economic viability of the fishing industry and, by extension, the sustainability of rural communities.
The FRC is also a DFO designated gear tag supplier and logbook supplier. The FRC provides gear tags for the lobster fishery and gillnet fisheries for cod, turbot, lumpfish, and other groundfish.
UPDATE ON THE PERSONAL LOCATOR BEACON CAMPAIGN: This could be your last chance to purchase a PLB at 60% off the original price. A limited number of McMurdo Fast Find 220 PLB (Canada) PLBs are available for purchase. Currently, the FRC has 700 PLBs in stock in their offices and are accepting orders. This means that once you place your order, there will be no delays in shipping a PLB to you. To read more about the campaign click here, or download and complete the application and place your order by clicking here.
The Labrador Fishermen’s Union Shrimp Company Limited has begun its distribution of 70 EPIRBS—emergency distress signalling devices—to fishing enterprises from L’Anse au Clair to Cartwright as a living memorial project in memory of Marc Russell and Joey Jenkins, two fish harvesters who lost their lives while fishing on the Island Lady on September 17, 2021, and have never been found. Click here to read the news release.