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Memorial for Chief William Saulis Crew Being Erected in Delaps Cove, N.S.

Above photo: A picture of the memorial stone for the crew of the Chief William Saulis is Photoshopped into a photo of the location where it will be placed on a wilderness trail in Annapolis County overlooking the Bay of Fundy where the vessel went down. Contributed photo   A memorial for the six crew members of the scallop dragger Chief William Saulis will soon stand on a wilderness trail in Annapolis County, overlooking the Bay of Fundy where the vessel went down. The Chief ...

Grieg Opens Placentia Bay Aquaculture Facility

In April, Grieg Seafood Newfoundland officially opened its Placentia Bay-based facilities, located in Marystown. On hand for the occasion was Grieg CEO Andreas Kvame, as well as representatives from the provincial and federal governments and other dignitaries including Norwegian Ambassador to Canada, Jon Elvedal Fredriksen. “We are very pleased to have reached the point in our growth where we can celebrate our grand-opening,” said Knut Skeidsvoll, Managing Director, Grieg Seafood ...

Industry Shocked by Mackerel and Herring Closures

The March 30 announcement by Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Minister Joyce Murray that there will be no directed commercial or bait fishing for southern Gulf spring herring and a complete closure of the Atlantic mackerel commercial and bait fisheries in Atlantic Canada and Québec has sent shockwaves through the fishing industry. “Announcing a moratorium on the mackerel fishery is one more example of how DFO and Minister Joyce Murray would rather eliminate livelihoods rather than do the actual ...

Status Quo for 2022 SFA 6 Shrimp Quota

DFO Under Fire for Substantial Reductions to Gulf Fishery   As was predicted, it appears inshore harvesters within Northeastern Newfoundland’s shrimp fishing area 6 (SFA 6) will have the same quota as last year. On April 27, the Northern Shrimp Advisory Committee (NSAC) released its decision for the total allowable catch for Northern shrimp, with SFA 6 receiving a small cut of 1.1 per cent. Last year, SFA 6 fishermen were given a 15 per cent increase in the total allowable catch ...

The Twists and Turns of the 2022 Crab Season

The 2022 snow crab season in Atlantic Canada still might go down as the best ever, but it is certainly not playing out quite as predicted. All winter, rumours of record crab prices of $10/pound plus were circulating far and wide. This, combined with anticipated quota increases, had many predicting the most lucrative crab season in Atlantic Canada — ever. But like everything in the fishery, things are not exactly going as planned. Firstly, on the quota front, fishermen did receive the ...

P.E.I. Spring Lobster Fishery Gets Off to Late Start

Aside from the weather delay for the season start in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 24, 26a and 26b, everything was a go for the Prince Edward Island spring lobster fishery. “I think fishermen are optimistic going into the season. We understand inventories are lower than in past years so that’s usually helpful,” said Ian MacPherson, senior advisor with the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA). “There’s a lot of enthusiasm to get out on the water and get fishing.” Going into ...

Status Quo for 2022/23 Unit 1 Redfish TAC

Industry Waiting for Minister’s Decision on Future Quota Allotments   Unless the scientific advice says otherwise, it will be status quo for the 2022/23 Unit 1 redfish total allowable catch (TAC). “The index fishery was maintained at 2,000 metric tonnes and the experimental fishery quota was set at 2,500 tonnes with the understanding that the experimental quota may increase, but only under science approval,” said Victoria Waizmann, media relations with the Department of ...

Are Whale Management Measures Levelling Off?

Have the federal government’s recent actions to help protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from fishing gear entanglements and collisions with vessels been working? For now, they appear to be. The Departments of Fisheries, Oceans (DFO) and Transport announced in March that for two successive years, there have been no reported right whale deaths in Canadian waters. This positive news was part of the federally mandated right whale fishery and vessel management measures for the ...

Seals Are Wreaking Absolute Havoc Off Our Shores

The environmental movement has gained significant strength over the last decade as discourse surrounding climate change and carbon emissions come into play for seemingly every economic, social and political issue we are faced with. But as we focus on how to live more sustainably to protect the earth for future generations, a troubling trend is emerging and it’s having unintended consequences on true sustainability. Greenwashing is the process of conveying a false impression or providing ...