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The fishermen are pleased to have won one of their demands.

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< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">After two days of protests that led to the postponement of the budget in Newfoundland and Labrador, fishermen are claiming victory after having their demands met. The agreement reached with the government marks the end of their mobilization.

John Efford is triumphant. Microphone in hand, the organizer of the fishermen's demonstrations which disrupted the presentation of the budget in Newfoundland over the last two days welcomes the progress made by his group.

Standing in the back of a truck, he explains to the hundred crabbers that the meeting with the government bore fruit.

Newfoundland crabbers will now have the right to sell their catch to buyers from outside the province, which was prohibited until 27 ;see you now.

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ELSE ON NEWS: Breath of financial oxygen for Trump before a legal deadline< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The government is committed to allowing fishermen of all types to sell their wares to any buyer, according to the fishermen's union, FFAW-Unifor.

I think it's a good deal, explained John Efford, very moved.

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Fishermen celebrated their victory in Newfoundland on Friday.

It's very moving. I finally feel like I have a future, says fisherman Colin Kennedy, his voice trembling.

We've been waiting for this day for a long time. “It’s going to change everything for us,” says fisherman Wayne Meade, visibly moved. Things are about to change.

Yesterday I had no future. What I had, I was going to lose. Today, I have a future. It’s incredible, adds fisherman Daniel Hearn, with tears in his eyes.

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Fishermen are jumping for joy after the announcement of an agreement reached with the government.

On the side of the Association of Seafood Producers, we say we are very disappointed with the government's decision. We deplore the fact that he gave in to pressure from fishermen and took a decision of this importance after this type of demonstration.

These are important changes to public policy. They should only be done after an in-depth analysis of the policy, believes Jeff Loder, executive director of the Seafood Producers Association.

The fishermen have been making their discontent known to the government since the beginning of March and had toughened their tone since Wednesday. They demanded more competition in the fishing industry.

The fishermen denounced the presence of a processor cartel.

With information from Catherine Morasse and Ryan Cooke,CBC

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