Aquaculture Versus Capture Fishing
In September 2019, something like 2.6-million fish died in aquaculture farming operations on Newfoundland’s south coast.
The event caused quite a stink — both literally and figuratively. And the media was full of stories, most of which were based more on emotional rants than they were on facts and reality. Because of that, I thought it would be worth putting some things in perspective, to reduce the heat and shed some light on a very significant issue.
As a starting point, it may be ...
Seal Overpopulation Linked to Threatened Extinction of Two N.L. Cod Stocks
The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) is calling on the federal government to take immediate action to control seal overpopulation in an effort to protect extremely vulnerable cod stocks on the south coast of Newfoundland and in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
The most recent assessment of southern Gulf cod (4T) was clear; extinction of that cod population is highly probable due to predation by grey seals, the union stated in a press release.
“Scientists in the region took ...
Mainly Status Quo for Georges Groundfish TAC in 2020
Concerns Raised Over State of N.L. South Coast 3Ps Cod Stock
With the exception of a slight increase of 42 metric tonnes for yellowtail flounder, it’s status quo for groundfish quotas on Georges Bank (5Z) in 2020.
The combined Canada/U.S. total allowable catch (TAC) for Atlantic cod in 2020 remains at 650 metric tonnes (mt). The haddock TAC has been maintained at 30,000 mt, while the yellowtail flounder TAC increases from 140 mt to 162 mt.
The TACs are as recommended by the Transboun...
FISH-NL Finally Folds After Failing to Sign Up 4,000 Harvesters
The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is officially no more.
The upstart labour organization finally folded on Dec. 3.
In early November, FISH-NL said it was still far short of getting 4,000 inshore fishermen to sign union cards and the future was not looking good.
FISH-NL needed at least 4,000 signed cards (representing 40 per cent of the 10,000 inshore harvesters the FFAW-Unifor claimed existed) to trigger a vote for them to choose which ...
Fallout Continues Over Salmon Die-Off on N.L.’s South Coast
The Newfoundland and Labrador aquaculture industry is still reeling following a massive die-off of 2.6-million farmed salmon on the province’s south coast.
In late September, news broke of an extensive Atlantic salmon die mortality at several Northern Harvest Sea Farms facilities. The company, which is owned by international aquaculture giant Mowi, said the salmon pens were exposed to high water temperatures over an 11-to-13-day period, causing low oxygen conditions that resulted in fish ...
International Cold Water Prawn Forum to be Held in St. John’s
The biennial conference of the International Cold Water Prawn Forum (ICWPF) will be taking place on November 14, 2019 in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
The conference is one of the ICWPF’s core events, bringing together key industry stakeholders from around the world. This year’s event will be held at the Sheraton Hotel, in downtown St. John’s.
With its headquarters in Denmark, the ICWPF, formed in 2013, promotes opportunities in and benefits of cold water prawns by offering a ...
The Twine Loft – November 2019
Passed On: Albert MacEachern – Cape George, N.S. fisherman
MacEachern, 82, passed away on September 18 at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Born in Antigonish, he was a son of the late Alex and Ruth (Conrad) MacEachern. A lifelong resident of ‘The Cape,’ he was a fisherman and a wooden boat builder. Boat building began at an early age with his father, who taught him the love of boats. When he retired, he began making model boats and lighthouses. Many of his model boats and ...
On the Waterfront – November 2019
Cape Bald Packers Announces Construction of New Lobster Processing Facility
Cape Bald Packers says it will build a new lobster processing facility in Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick after the company lost two plants to separate fires back in February.
The new 50,000-square-foot facility will be located in Cap-Pelé. The company expects the site to be up and running by May 2020, when spring lobster season will kick-off.
Although the company will build a new facility in Cap-Pelé, it decided to ...
A Season of Highs and Lows for N.L. Aquaculture Industry
The month of September was certainly a memorable one, both good and bad, for the aquaculture industry in Newfoundland and Labrador, involving a myriad of issues and developments.
As industry stakeholders gathered in St. John’s for their annual convention and trade show in late September, news broke of an extensive Atlantic salmon die-off on Newfoundland’s south coast.
Northern Harvest Sea Farms reported that it had experienced a significant die-off of salmon at several of its facili...
Stages & Stories
The Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador (WBM) changed the format a little this year for its yearly conference and annual general meeting.
The 12th annual event took place on Sept. 13–15 and began on Friday evening at the Winterton-based museum with a meet and greet.
On Saturday, the festivities moved down the Trinity Bay shore to the nearby community of New Perlican for a day of food and fishing heritage.
Delegates and participants got to take a ride in a traditional ...