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Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Inshore Lobster Fishery Achieves MSC Certification

The Bay of Fundy, Scotian Shelf and Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence lobster trap fishery (Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) has achieved certification to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard. Following an independent assessment conducted by SAI Global, lobsters sourced from this fishery are now eligible to bear the blue MSC ecolabel which demonstrates they come from a well-managed, environmentally sustainable source. This fishery joins an elite group of 259 MSC certified fisheries ...

N.L. Government Provides Update on CETA

Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development Minister Darin King provided an update Tuesday on the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s position regarding the ongoing dispute with the Government of Canada on the $400 million fisheries fund and the Canadian European Union Comprehensive Trade Agreement (CETA). “The federal government shows no signs of living up to its commitment to the agreed $400 million fisheries renewal fund. Despite sustained effort on the province’s part, ...

ASP Says Minimum Processing Headlines Misleading, Place CETA Tariff Reductions at Risk

The Association of Seafood Producers (ASP), the province’s industry trade association representing seafood producers, says recent reports about millions of pound of unprocessed fish exports are really misleading and ultimately undermine the competitiveness of the industry, including pending tariff reductions in Europe. Recent news reports suggest the province has allowed the export of almost 5 million pounds of unprocessed fish, through exemptions to minimum processing regulations (MPRs) ...

Lumpfish Fishery Opening In A Portion Of NAFO Division 4R

DFO advises that the Lumpfish fishery will open at 06:00 hours on Monday, May 25, 2015 in a portion of NAFO Division 4R from Point Riche, north to Cape Bauld. Fishing for Lumpfish is authorized in water depths less than 25 fathoms. Harvesters are reminded that licence conditions are available through the National Online Licencing System (NOLS).

New Leadership For Maritime Fishermen’s Union (MFU) Local 9

Graeme Gawn takes over the helm of the Maritime Fishermen’s Union Local 9 in Sou’ West Nova Scotia. At the recent Annual General Meeting outgoing President Hubert Saulnier nominated Gawn as his replacement. Gawn is an active owner operator in the fishery and fishes from Cape St. Mary’s, Nova Scotia. He has a long history in the fishery and with the MFU. He was the founding Secretary Treasurer when the Local was created in 1983. His other offices included: Past President of the ...

N.L. Provincial Government Urges DFO to Reverse Allocation Decision on Atlantic Halibut

The Provincial Government is expressing outrage with the decision announced yesterday by the Honourable Gail Shea, federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on the allocation of increased quota for Atlantic halibut in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, which effectively takes away halibut from Newfoundland and Labrador harvesters and gives it to harvesters in the Maritime provinces. Instead of adhering to the established allocation formula, the federal minister is sharing this year’s Gulf halibut ...

Salmon Conservation Foundation Adds Three More Grants to Newfoundland and Labrador Total

The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation (ASCF) today announced support for an additional three projects in its 2015 round of awards. The projects, with funding totaling some $37,000, are all located in Newfoundland and Labrador and bring that province’s grants total for the year to $262,280. The Salmon Foundation supports conservation efforts for wild Atlantic salmon in Eastern Canada – New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebe...

Atlantic Halibut Fisheries Management Plan Announced For Gulf Of St. Lawrence

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) today announced the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for Atlantic halibut in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization Divisions 4RST). A TAC of 1,036.8 tonnes for 4RST will be established as of May 15, 2015. The sharing formula stabilized in 2013 will be used to distribute the first 864 tonnes of quota and the remaining 172.8 tonnes will be shared equally between the eight regional inshore fixed gear fleets currently involved ...

Violations of the Fish and Wildlife Act Lead to Convictions

Separate investigations last year by Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officers of the Gander detachment have led to convictions for two individuals for violations of the Fish and Wildlife Act related to illegal salmon fishing and big game hunting. On June 30, 2014, officers received an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers of illegal netting activity in the Salmon Pond area near Glenwood. After conducting surveillance, a male was ultimately arrested and charged with a number of offences. On ...

Federal Government Funds New St. John’s Coast Guard Headquarters

The federal government announced today a $40-million investment for a new 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. Other energy ...