Northern Cod Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) Launched
On April 16, industry participants announced the creation of a Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) for northern cod, formerly one of the world’s largest and most iconic fisheries.
Northern cod (NAFO area 2J3KL) has been under moratorium since 1992. Recent biomass indicators show significant improvement in stock biomass — though as yet below Blim — and positive stock indicators related to age profile, among others. Environmental conditions are also generally positive for the stock.
5 Year Fishing Ban, $4,000 Fine Each and Vehicle Forfeiture for Boyd’s Cove and Stoneville Poachers
Paul Hodder of Stoneville and Raymond Hodder of Boyd’s Cove have been convicted on two separate counts each for violating Newfoundland and Labrador Fishery Regulations and Fishery (General) Regulations.
The Hodders were convicted on March 31, 2015 in Gander Provincial Court for netting inland waters and possessing fish in contravention of the Fisheries (General) Act.
$2,000 fine per count ($4,000 total each)
Forfeiture of six Atlantic salmon, net, hip waders and a 1997 ...
2015 Personal Use Seal License Information Session
DFO advises that there will be a Seal Information Session for new applicants requesting Personal Use Seal Licenses at the following location:
Thursday, April 23 at S.U.F. Hall, Eastport, NL.
Session will commence at 7pm.
Persons obtaining a new Personal Use Seal Licence must have:
Proof of age (18 years of age or older)
A Firearms Safety/Hunter Education Certificate
As with any sealing activity, Personal Use Seal License holders must follow the Marine Mammal Regulations and ...
Federal Government Invests More Than $36 Million in 14 New Brunswick Harbours
Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, joined by Tilly O’Neill-Gordon, Member of Parliament for Miramichi, announced April 15 that the Government of Canada will invest a minimum of $36.2 million over the next two years to improve safety and working conditions for fishermen at 14 fishing harbours in Northeast New Brunswick.
The $36.2 million investment highlighted today will support the following harbour projects:
Caraquet – upgrading of the electrical system;
Escuminac – ...
Eel Elver Fishery Opening – Southwest Coast
DFO advises that the net and trap fishery for elvers will open at 0600 hours on April 16, 2015 for the following areas of the Southwest Coast: Farmer's Brook; Roti Brook; Connoire Bay Northeast Arm; Connoire Bay Northwest Arm; North Bay Brook East, La Poile,; North Bay Brook West, La Poile,; Grandy's Brook; Grand Bruit Brook; Cinq Cerf Brook; Couteau Brook; Bay de Loup Brook.
This fishery is prosecuted for the purposes of aquaculture of this species.
3PS Scallop Fishery Opening
DFO advises that the Scallop fishery in Scallop Fishing Area 10 (Placentia Bay) and Area 11 (Fortune Bay) south of 47 degrees 00 minutes North will open at 0600 hours on Monday, April 20, 2015.
Fish harvesters are reminded that fishing is not permitted in the middle and south sea scallop beds. These areas are defined in the licence conditions.
Closure area from Point Verde to Red Harbour and North Harbour (Area 10) remain in effect.
Licence conditions are available on the National ...
Salmon Poaching Incident Leads to Jail Time
An investigation by officers with the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division into salmon poaching on the Northern Peninsula has led to a conviction and jail time for an individual from the area.
In June 2013, officers from the Roddickton detachment received a complaint from the public related to an alleged commercialized salmon poaching operation. With the assistance of the RCMP and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division established a surveillance ...
Lobster Fishery Opening Area 10
DFO advises that the lobster fishery, in Lobster Fishing Area 10 will open at 0600hrs on Saturday April 18, 2015 and close at 2000hrs on Saturday, June 27, 2015 (10 weeks).
Harvesters are reminded that they are not permitted to retrieve fishing gear or possess lobsters during the initial 48 hour gear-setting period after the announced opening date.
Fish harvesters are advised that licence conditions are available on the National Online Licencing System (NOLS).
DFO reminds Lobster fish ...
Launch of the MV Veteran
The new ferry to service Fogo Islands and Change Islands, the MV Veteran, was launched on Friday, March 27, from Damen Shipyards in Romania and will enter the final stage of construction.
The MV Veteran will have a capacity to carry 200 passengers and 60 vehicles.
The provincial fleet of ferries annually transports over 900,000 passengers, 400,000 vehicles and 20,000 tonnes of freight across more than 50,000 arrivals and departures.
Scallop Fishery Closure – Placentia Bay
DFO advises fish harvesters that the portion of Scallop Fishing Area 10 (Placentia Bay), inside a line drawn from Point Verde (47 14.33" N, 54 00.94"W) on the east side of the bay, to Red Harbour (47 16.59"N, 54 58.58"w) on the west side, is closed and will reopen September 1, 2015 in line with the management plan for that fishery.