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CWOIL Conference Aims to Build a More Inclusive Oceans Sector

Canadian Women in Ocean Industries Leadership (CWOIL), an organization meant to engage women in the oceans sector, held its first conference in the Delta Hotel in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador on May 9–11. The three-day conference, which seeks to discuss success stories as well as strategies for enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) for underrepresented groups in the oceans sector, turned out even better than expected according to Cathy Hogan, the executive director of ...

DFO Seeks Engagement on Supporting Owner-Operators in N.L.

Above: David Greening photo   The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently held a stakeholder engagement in St. John’s, N.L. related to policy surrounding owner-operator policies, vessel length requirements for the inshore fleet and vessel registration. Amy Kavanagh-Penney, the senior resource manager for licensing policies with DFO, said that the Newfoundland and Labrador engagement session is to work out the details on what works best for harvesters in the province....

Gus Etchegary: “A Key Figure in the Story of Newfoundland”

At 98 years old, Gus Etchegary, an industry giant and a long-time advocate for Newfoundland and Labrador’s fishing industry, passed away on May 7. Etchegary was born on May 28, 1924, in St. Lawrence on Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula. In his nearly 99 years of life, Etchegary witnessed many of the historic events that make N.L. the province it is today — from N.L. becoming a Canadian province in 1949 to the cod moratorium of 1992. The story of the Etchegary family in Newfoundland ...

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 ...