Fisherman Receives $12,000 in Fines and Forfeitures for Turbot Infractions
Joey Leyte of Seldom has been convicted under Section 22(7) of the Fishery (General) Regulations for failing to accurately report the amount of gear fished, as well as exceeding his trip limit for Greenland halibut (turbot).
Leyte was convicted in Gander Provincial Court on May 4, 2015, for breaching two counts of the Fishery (General) Regulations.
He was fined $5,000 with two years to pay for failing to fully and accurately complete his fishing log on a daily basis. He was also fined ...
Lumpfish and Turbot Fishery Openings
DFO wishes to advise harvesters that the Lumpfish fishery will open at 0600 hours on June 3, 2015 in the followings Lumpfish fishing areas:
NAFO Division 3K
Cape Bauld to Granite Point
NAFO Division 3L
Bonavista Bay (North)
As well, DFO advises that the Greenland Halibut (turbot) fixed gear fishery in NAFO Division 4RST, in water depths 140 fathoms or greater, for vessels less than 65 feet based in NAFO Divisions 2J4R3Pn, will open at 0600 hours on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.
Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Launches First Trans-Atlantic Mapping Survey
Today, a multinational team of Canadian, European and American ocean mapping experts launch the first trans-Atlantic mapping survey under the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.
The survey is one of the first projects to be launched by the Alliance, formed in May 2013 following the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation, whose goals are to join resources of its three signatories to better understand the North Atlantic Ocean and to promote the sustainable management of its resources.
Federal Government Funds New St. John’s Coast Guard Headquarters
On May 20, the federal government announced the proposed location of the $40-million Atlantic region headquarters base to be built in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
The new facility is designed for increased functionality in the modern workplace with the required codes and standards for occupational health and safety, and improved security. In support of government initiatives for green and energy efficient operations, tidal energy will be used to heat and cool the building.
FFAW and WWF Join Forces on Cod Fisheries Improvement Project
A new Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) led by the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) and WWF-Canada is aiming to bring a renowned Newfoundland and Labrador cod fishery that’s been under a fishing moratorium since 1992 back to a healthy level — and eventual commercial viability.
The northern cod stock in NAFO area 2J3KL has shown clear signs of growth in some areas since 2006, with current trends pointing to even larger increases if current and future fisheries are well ...
Herring Opening Delayed: MSC Certification Process Underway
A concern over small fish led to the cancellation of the herring fishery in May in the 4X quota area.
While fish 18 centimetres in length can be legally caught, the purse seine fleets agreed to forgo the fishery in May. This included areas east of Baccaro and in waters off Halifax.
Donna Larkin, who heads the South West Seiner group out of Pubnico, said a number of seiners would be setting out in the latter part of the month.
This area has a 1,500-tonne quota, but when the herring are ...
All-Party Committee Presents Socio-Economic Impacts Report to Federal Minister
Members of the all-party committee on northern shrimp quota allocations met recently with Gail Shea, federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, to present a report, titled Socio-Economic Impacts of Shrimp Quota Reductions in Newfoundland and Labrador, recently completed for the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
The review confirms the committee’s position that the Federal Government’s “last in, first out” (LIFO) policy relating to Northern Shrimp allocation decisions is having ...
Coalition Formed to Fight Ottawa on Temporary Foreign Workers’ Dispute
A winter which didn’t seem to want to end created all sorts of problems for the lobster fishery in northern Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and parts of New Brunswick.
The opening of the fishery in these parts was delayed almost two weeks due to persistent ice conditions, brought on by strong northeasterly winds.
The first week to 10 days of the season are usually crucial to the success of this fishery due to the high quality of the product.
When the fishery finally opened, market ...
On the Waterfront – June 2015
2015 Prices Set for Shrimp and Crab
The Newfoundland price arbitration panel selected the harvesters’ offer of $1.40 per pound for a blended price for coldwater shrimp, rejecting the $1.28 offered by the province’s shrimp processors, Seafood.com reported.
The price represents a significant increase from last fall, when the blended price was $1.08 per pound.
With little global production yet and a dry market, shrimp prices heard at the Brussels Seafood Show continued to be very high, ...
Twine Loft – June 2015
Passed On: Ben Francis — Port-au-Bras, N.L. Mariner
Francis sailed the oceans of the world for more than 46 years, first, with the late Skipper Lloyd Bugden aboard the Topsail Star and the Duke of Topsail. Later, he worked with Maersk offshore supply vessels. He was known far and wide in Newfoundland seafaring circles as a good engineer, a great shipmate and a better person. All of Ben’s hard work at sea was to provide for his family in Burin; Mary, his loving wife of 41 years, and his ...