“Change Has to Come” – SEA-NL Plans to Bring Another Fisheries Co-op to Newfoundland
The Seaward Enterprises Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (SEA-NL) has elected to switch roles from a non-profit organization, meant to represent the interests of inshore owner-operators, to a for-profit fisheries co-operative (co-op).
According to SEA-NL’s Executive Director, Ryan Cleary, the organization’s board of directors voted to transition to a fisheries co-operative to “better represent licensed enterprise owners and strengthen the inshore fishery.”
Cleary said that ...
Baffin Fisheries Prepared to Welcome “Canada’s Largest Fishing Vessel”
Above: The Inuksuk II will be Baffin Fisheries’ largest vessel to date at 80 metres long and 18 metres wide. Photos submitted by Chris Flanagan, CEO of Baffin Fisheries
Nunavut-based Baffin Fisheries is set to procure the largest fishing vessel in Canadian waters, the Inuksuk II.
The vessel, at 80 metres long and 18 metres wide, was conceived by Baffin Fisheries in 2019 and is set to be completed in the third quarter of 2024 as a replacement for the 37-year-old Inuksuk I. The ...
Inaugural Innovation Summit Seeks to Keep Atlantic Canadian Seafood Competitive Worldwide
Above: (L-R) Keith Hutchings, Managing Director of the CCFI; David Fitzgerald, Beach Point Processing Company; Carey Bonnell, Vice-President of Sustainability and Engagement at Ocean Choice International; Geoff Irvine, Executive Director of the Lobster Council of Canada and Alastair Trower, Director of Business Development with Enginuity Inc. Nick Travis photo
The Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI), Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Marine Institute recently ...
N.S. Fishing Industry Stakeholders Making Their Voices Heard in Offshore Wind Assessment Process
A total of 19 Nova Scotia fishing associations have come together to form the Nova Scotia Fisheries Alliance for Energy Engagement in the wake of a regional assessment process starting to provide an analysis for wind development offshore of Nova Scotia.
“What we’re trying to do is to find the best way to provide input into the regional assessment process which is ongoing, as well as to help inform the province what they should be thinking about when looking at coastal areas,” said ...
Cod Stocks in 3Ps Remain in Critical Condition, Says DFO
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) held a briefing in late November to update the status of 3Ps cod off the southern coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, which has remained in the critical zone since 2000.
In 2023, 3Ps cod stock was found to be at 55 per cent of the limit reference point, or the level below which the stock is considered to be subject to serious harm. Based on factors such as the current small stock size, small fish size and early maturation, DFO doesn’t believe ...
TSB Calls for Change in the Wake of Deaths in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick
After an incident that resulted in the deaths of two New Brunswick fish harvesters aboard the Tracy Dawn, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) issued a warning regarding overloading boats to three government organizations.
58-year-old Eugene Beaudin and 33-year-old Normand Beaudin left Miscou Island, N.B. on May 6, 2023, loaded up with 119 lobster traps — enough to make navigating the Tracy Dawn a difficult task, as the two would have to climb over both the traps and the ...
N.L. Releases Latest Fish Price-Setting Review
After the fallout of the 2023 Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab season, which was plagued by protests, tie-ups and a shortened season, the provincial government has stepped in to assist in the development of a formula for fish price-setting.
Bernard David, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister Responsible for Labour, unveiled the final report by the Fish Price-Setting Strategic Review Team on November 16.
The Fish Price-Setting Strategic ...
LFA 33, 34 Gear Up for Season Start
Above: LEFT: The Ellen Faye lays berthed at the Lower Woods Harbour wharf with a load of traps, waiting for the lobster fishing area (LFA) 33 and 34 season to open. Kathy Johnson photos
While hopes were high, the market outlook was uncertain as fishermen in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34 were getting ready for the start of the six-month lobster fishery.
Fishermen began transporting thousands of lobster traps and gear to local wharves and loading their boats on Nov. 13. ...
Split Start for Southwestern N.S. Lobster Fishery
Above: A Woods Harbour fisherman readies coils of rope trawl to be hoisted aboard a boat at the Lower Woods Harbour wharf as fishermen were gearing up for the opening of the lobster fishing area (LFA) 33 and 34 fishery. Kathy Johnson photos
Lobster fishing area (LFA) 33 fishers got a one day early start to the 2023/24 lobster season while their LFA 34 counterparts had to wait a few days before heading out to set their gear.
The season was scheduled to open on Nov. 27 in both ...
The Yarmouth Buoy Wall: An Unintended Tourist and Seasonal Attraction
What started as a way of utilizing washed-up buoys in Yarmouth Bar, Nova Scotia, led to Dave Bishara and his wife, Nancy, unexpectedly creating a tourist attraction that brings in visitors year-round, whether they are passing through the area, celebrating a graduation or getting in the Christmas spirit.
The Yarmouth buoy wall began three years ago when Bishara, a marine broker with TriNav Marine Brokerage, bought a piece of property in Yarmouth Bar. Included in the purchase of this property, ...