Bluefin Quota Increase Could Mean Additional $2 Million for Atlantic Fishermen
Things were a bit different at an ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas) meeting in Italy in November.
A change in the make-up of the U.S. delegation meant support for tuna fishing quota increases.
At previous meetings, the U.S. delegation was led by a former employee of the PEW Foundation, a group dead-set against any quotas for bluefins, although scientific advice and fishermen lobbied heavily for increases.
The major factor in the decision for the ...
High Winds Delay LFA 33-34 Openings
Early Prices in $4/Pound Range
Sometimes Mother Nature works in your favour.
Lobster harvesters had been going through a rough time price-wise for a few years when a vote was taken a year ago last fall to delay the opening of the LFA 33-34 fishery by one week. The theory was it would enable the shells to harden and prevent a glut of sub-par lobsters on the market which depress prices.
The motion was narrowly defeated but the weather turned cold and windy for that first week so mission ...
Fishermen Pleased With P.E.I. Fall Lobster Season
Prince Edward Island’s fall lobster season got off to an inauspicious start in 2014 but ended on a high note.
Lee Knox, president of the Prince County Fishermen’s Association, recalls sailing out of Skinners Pond on Aug. 8 with winds gusting to more than 50 km/h as worried family members watched from the shore.
It was probably the worst setting day he’s seen in 27 years, said Knox.
“Fishermen were basically setting in a storm I guess you could call it,” he said.
Sealing Industry is Being Regulated to Death
The following letter was sent to Federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea:
Dear Minister Shea;
I don’t know the two men involved in the court cases below personally, but they live near me.
Otto Anstey — Cottlesville, NL
Marine Mammal Regulations, Section 28(3): Failed to properly crush cranium of seal after it was shot
Marine Mammal Regulations, Section 28(1)(b): Use of illegal hakapik (handle too short)
Fishery (General) Regulations, Section 22(7): Violation of ...
3PS Fishers Group Responds to Cod Quota Increase
The following is a few comments and reaction from the 3PS Fishers group with regard to the announcement on November 19, 2014, Rebuilding the Atlantic Cod Stock off Southern Newfoundland.
The 3PS Fishers group feels that a plan like this has been a long time coming. The 3PS fishery was only closed for two years for moratorium and since the reopening, the stocks have been steadily rebuilding, with fishing taking place, with no real plan in place focusing on structuring and making this a viable ...
On the Waterfront – January 2015
Four Fishermen Rescued on Second Day of LFA 34 Season
Four lobster fishermen had to abandon their boat November 30 after it started taking on water and flipped, a day after the lobster season in southwestern Nova Scotia began, The Chronicle-Herald reported.
The Lady Wallace was about 42 kilometres off Wedgeport when the crew ran into trouble. They boarded their life-raft and abandoned their vessel and were picked up by another fishing vessel. The four fishermen were unharmed.
The Times They Are a Changin’?
Any number of words can and have been used to describe the fishing industry in Atlantic Canada — including some highly ‘descriptive’ terms that are not exactly suitable for print.
However, one descriptor that seemed to appear on the lips of many when looking back at the year that was is the time-tested, French-borrowed phrase déjà vu.
Deja vu is the phenomenon of having the strong sensation that an event or experience currently being experienced has been experienced in the past ...