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The Battle Against Yet Another Placentia Bay Invasive Species

Above: Vase tunicates often congregate on fishing and aquaculture equipment, which can significantly weigh them down.   Since 2012, Newfoundland and Labrador has been quietly fighting back an invasion of primitive, five-inch-long, water-filled animals that can wreak havoc on fishing and aquaculture equipment. The vase tunicate is a biofouling organism in the same vein as barnacles, that tend to grow on wharves, boats and buoys, that were first sighted in N.L. waters by the ...

Bluegreen Group is Betting Dollars to Donuts on Newfoundland and Labrador

Above: A marine donut onsite in Molde, Norway undergoing functional testing.   The Bluegreen Group, a Norwegian-based microplastic firm, has created a self-contained aquaculture system known as the marine donut that may be the solution to many of Atlantic Canada’s aquaculture problems. The design by Bluegreen Group takes its name from its circular, donut-like shape. The structure is made of high-density polyethylene and is 60 feet in height, 180 feet in diameter, 22,000 cubic ...

Sinkings Claim Six Lives off N.L. and Québec

Six fish harvesters have died in the sinking of two vessels off Fleur de Lys, Newfoundland and Labrador and La Tabatière, Québec in the month of September. On Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at 3:30 p.m., the RCMP received a report of a sunken 23-foot cod fishing vessel about one mile from the harbour in Fleur de Lys, N.L. by the Canadian Coast Guard. Local fishermen recovered one individual from the shoreline and two deceased crew members, 58-year-old Brian Walsh and 56-year-old Leonard ...

“Hell Afloat in St. Anthony” – FFAW Filing Labour Grievances Against Plant Management

In response to allegations of worker mistreatment by management at the Royal Greenland fish plant in St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) has been rallying for fair treatment of the local plant workers. “It’s Hell afloat in St. Anthony at the Royal Greenland plant,” said FFAW President Greg Pretty. “We went through a rough time with them two years ago with 15 grievances; had most of them heard; won most of them; established a couple ...

N.L. Shrimp Holding Steady, Despite Industry Downturn

According to the Labrador Fishermen’s Union Shrimp Company (LFUSC), the Newfoundland and Labrador shrimp season is holding steady, despite a recent downturn in catches. The LFUSC, which operates five processing plants in coastal Labrador, is taking in as much Northern shrimp as it can, despite what LFUSC CEO Gilbert Linstead called a “slump” in the cooked and peeled shrimp industry. The 2022–2023 season saw shrimp fishing area (SFA) 5 and 6 roll over from last year, with 14,200 ...

The 1775 Hurricane: “A Most Terrible Gale of Wind”

“On the 12th of September, in the year 1775, this coast was visited by a most terrible gale of wind,” wrote Reverend Lewis Anspach in the History of the Island of Newfoundland, 1819. It’s early September in 1775. Newfoundland’s waters, rich with the bounty of the sea, are teeming with fishermen from Ireland and England looking to reap the spoils of this abundance. Without much warning, the waters surge 30 feet and the winds begin to howl, casting the small fishing boats into the ...

The North Atlantic Fish & Workboat Show Returns to Newfoundland This Fall

This November, the North Atlantic Fish & Workboat Show will make its return to St John’s, Newfoundland at the Mary Brown’s Centre. Pre-registration is now open for the event which is set to take place on November 17 and 18. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the FREE Registration promotion currently taking place to guarantee their entry into the event. Not only will this save visitors money but will also fast track their entrance into the show. Visitors can CLICK HERE to ...

Project R3D: Giving Old Plastic a New Purpose

Above photo: Project R3D attended the Enactus Regional Exposition for Atlantic Canada, where they won the Scotiabank Climate Change Challenge award. From plastic bottles to fishing gear, Project R3D is taking plastic waste in Newfoundland and Labrador and giving it new life. The project was created through Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Enactus program — a student entrepreneurial program that “strives to solve environmental, social and economic issues through entreprene...

Private Crab Sales on the Rise, says SEA-NL

Facing down $2.20 per pound crab prices, some harvesters in Newfoundland and Labrador have begun privately selling crab to make up for the downturn in the market. Seaward Enterprises Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (SEA-NL) said that many harvesters were unaware of their rights to privately sell crab. According to SEA-NL’s president Pam Petten, their Pot-to-Plate program, which sought to act as an intermediary between buyers and harvesters, served as a catalyst for harvesters to ...

Snow Crab Season 2023: Good Landings But Low Prices

With Newfoundland and Labrador’s crab season well underway, with minimum prices sitting at $2.20 per pound — down from over $7 per pound in 2022 — harvesters are feeling financial pressure, with most just fishing to break even. Mario Rice, a harvester from Bay de Verde who’s been fishing for 32 seasons in the 6B area of the 3L inshore, says that a combination of low prices, high input costs and the shortened season has left him and his crew in hard financial circumstances. He said ...