Seal Overpopulation Linked to Threatened Extinction of Two N.L. Cod Stocks
The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) is calling on the federal government to take immediate action to control seal overpopulation in an effort to protect extremely vulnerable cod stocks on the south coast of Newfoundland and in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
The most recent assessment of southern Gulf cod (4T) was clear; extinction of that cod population is highly probable due to predation by grey seals, the union stated in a press release.
“Scientists in the region took ...
Mainly Status Quo for Georges Groundfish TAC in 2020
Concerns Raised Over State of N.L. South Coast 3Ps Cod Stock
With the exception of a slight increase of 42 metric tonnes for yellowtail flounder, it’s status quo for groundfish quotas on Georges Bank (5Z) in 2020.
The combined Canada/U.S. total allowable catch (TAC) for Atlantic cod in 2020 remains at 650 metric tonnes (mt). The haddock TAC has been maintained at 30,000 mt, while the yellowtail flounder TAC increases from 140 mt to 162 mt.
The TACs are as recommended by the Transboun...
FISH-NL Finally Folds After Failing to Sign Up 4,000 Harvesters
The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is officially no more.
The upstart labour organization finally folded on Dec. 3.
In early November, FISH-NL said it was still far short of getting 4,000 inshore fishermen to sign union cards and the future was not looking good.
FISH-NL needed at least 4,000 signed cards (representing 40 per cent of the 10,000 inshore harvesters the FFAW-Unifor claimed existed) to trigger a vote for them to choose which ...
New Technology on Display at Ropeless Consortium
Industry advances were on display at the Ropeless Consortium meeting at the University of Southern Maine in Portland last fall.
Presentations on available ropeless fishing products, prototypes in development, testing results from the past year, as well as discussion of progress overcoming regulatory challenges, fisheries outreach, establishing experimental fisheries and funding opportunities and challenges were on the agenda.
“There have been some advances,” said Colin Sproul, ...
LFA 33-34 Dumping Day 2019
Above: A fishing boat steams into the West Head wharf on Cape Sable Island for another load of pots while another already loaded heads for the fishing grounds.
Photos by Kathy Johnson
‘It was quite a life’
94-year-old Alva McDormand Recounts Her Many Adventures in the Fishing Boat
For 94 years, Westport Briar Island has been home for Alva McDormand.
Born and raised in a family of seven on the tiny island at the end of Digby Neck, she married her sweetheart Charlie at 17. The couple built a house next to where Charlie grew up in the community, where they raised three children, where fishing was the way of life and where Alva still resides.
In the summers, Alva would go fishing with Charlie, ...