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The Twine Loft – May 2020

Passed On: Tom Best – Petty Harbour, N.L. fisherman Best, 74, passed away on March 31 at the Miller Centre in St. John’s following a battle with cancer. He became a licenced inshore fisherman in Petty Harbour in 1963 after finishing high school. He was a fiercely proud inshore fish harvester who dedicated his life’s work to advocating for sustainable fisheries and communities. He chaired the Petty Harbour Fishermen’s Committee for many years and was the founding president of the Petty ...

On the Waterfront – May 2020

DFO Permits Fishing Without At-Sea Observers Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada has issued a Fisheries Management Order (FMO 2020-01), under section 9.1 of the Fisheries Act, which requires that all authorized fishing activities be carried out, on a temporary basis, without any at-sea observer coverage. Under this Fisheries Management Order, the following requirements are imposed: All fishing activities authorized under the Fisheries Act must be ...

N.L. Crab Fishery Might Not Start Until May

Thanks, in-part, to the COVID-19 virus, the lucrative Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab fishery continues to find itself in limbo. The season, which normally opens the first week of April, could be delayed for several more weeks or even longer. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) recently advised that while the management plan for the 2020 Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab fishery has not been finalized, the fishery will not open before April 20, 2020. “A decision on the 2020 ...

COVID-19 has Atlantic Lobster Industry Reeling

To go or not to go is the question that has been on the minds of many lobster fishermen in Atlantic Canada lately as COVID-19 continues to play havoc with the multi-million-dollar industry. While the Chinese live market is starting to slowly make a comeback after its sudden demise in late January due to COVID-19, the North American and European markets are another story. In practically every country, restaurants, food services, specialty and sporting events, casinos, conventions, cruise ...

Royal Greenland to Purchase N.L. Processor Quinlan Brothers

Above: Quinlan Brothers Fish plant in Bay de Verde, N.L.   The shareholders of Newfoundland-based Quinlan Brothers Limited recently announced they have decided to sell their interests in the company to Royal Greenland A/S. In a press release, the shareholders of Quinlan brothers said they felt that it was in the best long-term interests of the company and those associated with the business, for them to transition their ownership at this time. Quinlan Brothers Limited currently ...

The Twine Loft – April 2020

Passed On: Hedley Richards – Halifax, N.S. fisherman Richards, 71, passed away on Feb. 18 at home. He spent most of his life on the water fishing alongside his father and brothers. For many years he served as a member of the school board, was actively involved with St. Paul’s Anglican Church, St. Carols, N.L. and spent countless hours working with the FFAW Inshore Council. The FFAW/Unifor recognized him for outstanding service, in appreciation of his commitment and dedication to building a ...

On the Waterfront – April 2020

Conservation Groups Welcome Ruling on Hatchery Expansion Ecojustice, on behalf of grassroots groups and individuals concerned about the health of wild Atlantic salmon stocks, welcomed the recent Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador’s decision on the Indian Head Hatchery Expansion Project. Ecojustice went to court in November 2019 on behalf of the Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland, the Freshwater-Alexander Bays Ecosystem Corporation, the Port au Port Bay Fishery Committee, ...

Coronavirus Causing Losses for Local Lobster Industry

2020 SENA in Boston Postponed Above: Shore workers at the Lower Woods Harbour wharf stack a crate of tubed lobsters onto a pallet for the next stage of their journey to market. Kathy Johnson photo   The loss of the Chinese market for live lobster due to the coronavirus this winter has caused major losses for the seafood industry in southwestern Nova Scotia. “There’s been so much money lost its going to be hard to rebound from this one,” said Lockeport lobster dealer ...

A Cautiously Optimistic N.L. Snow Crab Stock Assessment

FFAW Still Concerned Over Precautionary Approach Framework For the third year in succession, scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are painting a somewhat bright, yet cautious, picture for snow crab stocks off Newfoundland and Labrador. At the recent 2020 annual snow crab technical meeting, DFO reported that despite some stock increases, the overall exploitable biomass remained near historic lows in 2019, but noted that there are some positive signs for future recruit...

Shrimp Stocks in SFA 6 Down Eight Per Cent

FFAW Takes Issue with 24 Per Cent of DFO Survey Not Completed After a hint of promise last year in the Northern shrimp fishery off Newfoundland’s northeast coast, it seems the stock has dropped yet again — particularly in the all-important shrimp fishing area (SFA) 6. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) held a technical briefing in February regarding the 2020 Northern shrimp stock assessment and reported that the SFA 6 biomass has dropped in relation to 2019. SFA 6 is where the ...