Harvesters Air Grievances at DFO Outreach Meetings
Above: Fish harvesters from Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove recently gathered at the town’s community centre to speak with representatives from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Photo by Nick Travis
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently held a series of community outreach meetings in select towns in Newfoundland and Labrador, including Petty Harbour.
Many fish harvesters at these meetings were concerned about the very short cod season in 2022. With no ...
Snow Crab Stocks Stay Consistently Strong in N.L.
While prices likely won’t meet the high expectations set by 2021 and early 2022, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) delivered a cautiously optimistic outlook on the snow crab stocks in Newfoundland and Labrador for the coming season.
According to Julia Pantin, the biologist in charge of this year’s snow crab technical briefing, the stocks off Newfoundland (with the exception of 2HJ off Labrador) will continue to stay steady into 2023.
“The overall exploitable biomass ...
Uncertain Snow Crab Season Becomes More Uncertain
Japan, South Korea Shirk Local Supply in Favour of Russian Exports
Japanese imports of Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab have considerably fallen over the last year in favour of Russian exports, which is undercutting Newfoundland and Labrador prices by around $10 per kilogram.
“Japan did buy from us last year, but it was a drastically reduced amount based on historical purchases by Japan,” said N.L. Member of Parliament Clifford Small, Shadow Minister of Fisheries, Oceans ...
2022 Landings Stayed Strong in N.L.
Despite the challenges 2022 presented — from rising inflation to lower prices for shellfish and a drop in sales of Atlantic Canadian seafood — Newfoundland and Labrador’s Fisheries, Forest and Aquaculture Minister Derrick Bragg said there is still cause to celebrate the year.
The landed value for seafood is up from 2021, currently sitting at $1,237,194,816 as of December 13, marking a nearly 16 per cent increase from last year.
“The landings are up, especially in shellfish,” ...
Safety Symposium Focuses on Importance of EPIRB and PLB Usage
The Newfoundland and Labrador Fish Harvesting Safety Association (NL-FHSA) held its annual You Are My Anchor safety symposium in St. John’s on November 2, with a focus on vessel registration and emergency distress signaling.
The symposium opened with remarks from Brenda Greenslade, executive director of NL-FHSA and David Decker, board chair of NL-FHSA. Greenslade spoke on the symposium’s purpose and the focus on emergency distress signaling such as emergency position indicating radio ...
N.L. Hyperbaric Facility Reducing Carbon Footprint
Above photo: The outside of the large hyperbaric chamber at Sea-Force Hyperbaric Inc. Photo by Nick Travis
Sea-Force Hyperbaric Inc. has moved to reduce its carbon footprint with the help of the Canadian and Newfoundland and Labrador government, receiving $36,910 from each party and contributing $73,820 itself.
The $147,640 was used to replace three oil furnaces with air to water heat pumps. This changeover reduces Sea-Force’s greenhouse gas emissions by 150 tonnes ...
Public Enemy Number One
Invasive European Green Crab Continues to Destroy Sensitive Marine Habitat in N.L.
A European invader is lurking just under the surface.
They are small, with hairy legs and a complexion that ranges from green to red. They are also very territorial and aggressive. It is none other than the infamous European green crab.
According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), there is no getting rid of them. All that can be done now is managing their population. DFO has ...
Positive Outlook for Atlantic Canadian Aquaculture Industry
Sustainable growth and development are expected to continue in the aquaculture industry in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.
“The aquaculture sector in Nova Scotia is growing steadily,” says Tom Smith, executive director of the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia (AANS).
“We’re very positive about the future of aquaculture. Over the last number of years, we’ve seen more interest in aquaculture,” said Smith, noting there are more than 40 applications for leases and ...
Review Ordered for N.L. Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act
After an embattled 2022 fishing season, with little or no signs of letting up, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act is about to be put under the microscope — again.
On July 21, N.L. Labour Minister Bernard Davis announced an independent review of the collective bargaining model contained in sections 19.1–19.14 of the Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act. David Conway, former chair of the Labour Relations Board, has been appointed to undertake the ...
Aquaculture on “The Leading Edge of Food Production”
Aquaculture can sometimes seem a bit complicated to people with all the science and technology that goes into it.
But the primary goal of the sector is very simple — it’s all about growing food to feed people.
St. John’s, N.L. is welcoming the best and brightest from the aquaculture world to the Aquaculture Canada and World Aquaculture Society (WAS) North America Conference and Trade Show (Aug. 15–18, 2022) and as part of that event, there is no doubt folks will collectively ...