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.
April 2023 Personal Locator Beacon Update:
The Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) Campaign is now open to owner/operators AND fish harvesters interested in purchasing PLBs. Click here to download the necessary application forms.
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.
The FRC, in partnership with the FFAW, NL-FHSA, and PFHCB, is embarking on a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) project to improve accessibility for fish harvesters looking to purchase a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). Click here to learn more.
Click to watch fish harvester Jim Chidley demonstrate how to test and activate your McMurdo Fast Find 220 PLB in a new video produced by the Newfoundland and Labrador Fish Harvesting Safety Association.