On the Waterfront – December 2021
Body of Sipekne'katik First Nation Fisherman Recovered
The Sipekne’katik First Nation is mourning the loss of one of its fishing vessel captains.
According to Coast Guard officials, the 54-year-old captain was at the wheel of the fishing vessel Miss Janet on October 14 as it travelled from Shelburne to Saulnierville, but when one of the three crew awoke at 3:30 a.m., he was no longer there.
The weather was reported to be fairly calm at the time of the incident and the crew hadn’t ...
North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show Returns This Fall
Atlantic Canada’s all-encompassing commercial marine event returns to the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, N.L.
The much-anticipated face-to-face event is scheduled to take place November 19–20, 2021 — kicking off the 7th edition of this biennial event.
Pre-registration is now open and visitors are encouraged to plan their visit early to save money, get their show badge in advance and skip lines at the venue. Registration is ...
On the Waterfront – October 2021
$20 Million for Whalesafe Fishing Gear Adoption
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently unveiled a $20-million fund aimed at helping harvesters in Atlantic Canada and Quebec adopt whalesafe gear.
The Whalesafe Gear Adoption Fund will provide funding over the next two years supporting Indigenous and non-indigenous harvesters, not-for-profit organizations, academia and other partners to purchase, test and refine existing whale-safe gear.
“Canada’s whale-protection ...
On the Waterfront – September 2021
DFO Launches New Fishing Gear Reporting Tool
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) recently announced the launch of the online Fishing Gear Reporting System.
Fish harvesters and authorized retrievers can now easily access and submit the required lost or retrieved gear reporting forms simply and efficiently. This reporting helps the department and other partners locate and remove lost gear from our waters and, in many cases, return the gear to its rightful owner.
Access to the reporting ...
On the Waterfront – August 2021
Atlantic Provinces Sign New Aquaculture MOU
The four Atlantic provinces recently signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the ongoing development and management of their industries, based on common principles.
This extends the previous MOU signed in 2008.
In a joint press release, the four principal governments said that aquaculture is an important economic driver for rural, coastal and Indigenous communities and Atlantic Canada is well positioned to increase aquaculture ...
On the Waterfront – June 2021
Fisheries Agreement Reached Between Government of Canada and Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government
On April 18, the Canadian Federal Government and the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government announced that they have agreed to a landmark plan to advance reconciliation in the fisheries.
The five-year renewable Rights Reconciliation Agreement on Fisheries addresses areas of mutual interest and will help foster improved relationships with, and outcomes for, the Listuguj Mi’gmaq community by:
On the Waterfront – May 2021
Two Fishermen Lost After Crab Fishing Vessel Capsizes off Cape Breton
Captain Craig Sock and deckhand Seth Monahan have been identified as the fishermen who lost their lives after their vessel, the Tyhawk, went down on April 4.
According to reports from CBC, the vessel was owned by the Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick and had left that community early Saturday to fish snow crab off Chéticamp, N.S. The three other crewmembers were rescued on Saturday evening.
The Joint Rescue ...
On the Waterfront – March 2021
Grieg Newfoundland and Carpenter’s Union Sign Labour Agreement
The United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 579 was recently voluntarily recognized as a signatory union by Grieg Seafood Newfoundland.
Mike Williams, President of Carpenters Local 579 stated, “Local 579 is looking forward to providing our newest signatory partner with a well-trained and skilled workforce that demonstrates their strong work ethic, productivity and safety mindset on the job site every day.”
On the Waterfront – January 2021
FCC Praises Canada-U.K. Transitional Trade Deal
The Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) recently applauded the governments of Canada and the United Kingdom for reaching a transitional trade deal ahead of the Dec. 31, 2020 deadline.
The new transitional trade deal will ensure that Canadian seafood products will continue to enjoy tariff-free access to Britain.
“The Canadian fishing industry values its trading relationship with the United Kingdom as our fifth largest importer,” said Paul ...
On the Waterfront – November 2020
Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Application Deadline Extended
The Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program has been extended by another two weeks to ensure that as many Canadian fish harvesters as possible can take advantage of it.
The online portal will now close on October 19, 2020.
The program is delivering financial support to self-employed harvesters across the country who are facing hardships brought on by the economic impact of COVID–19.
The program ...