Celebrity fisherman says he's prepared to die on hunger strike against Ottawa
Hunger striker Richard Gillett, vice-president of the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador, sits in the tent that he set up outside of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans offices in St. John's on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Paul Daly/The Canadian Press)
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017 2:19PM EDT
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Celebrity Newfoundland fisherman Richard Gillett hasn't eaten for nearly a week, and says he's prepared to die for his protest over fisheries management.
Gillett starred three seasons on the reality TV series "Cold Water Cowboys," but is now living in a tent at federal fisheries headquarters in St. John's.
He has slept there six nights and says he has consumed just water since starting his protest on Thursday.
Gillett's demands include a teleconference meeting with federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc and an independent review of science and management for all provincial fish stocks.
His father, John Gillett, says his diabetic son has had past heart issues and, though he supports his cause, wants him to eat.
A spokeswoman for LeBlanc says the minister is not available to discuss the hunger strike or other recent protests about the fishery.