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Should We Heed Iron Erna’s vision?

For more than a decade, Newfoundland and Labrador has been Atlantic Canada’s shining light in terms of economic growth and prosperity. The provincial coffers have benefited greatly from the millions of dollars pouring in from offshore oil royalties. Times were good as offshore oil production increased on the Grand Banks and the price of crude often topped out in excess of $100/barrel (U.S.). The royalty agreements Newfoundland and Labrador had in place with the big oil producers were ...

‘I Married into it. Divorced out of it. Still Passionate About it.’

Joy Barker sums up her association with the fishery with her wry sense of humour by connecting it to her married life but adds the fishing industry is still in the cards for her — someday. The Baie Verte, Newfoundland, businesswoman explains that she didn’t know much about the fishing industry growing up in Coachman’s Cove and Baie Verte, although her mother ran a business that, among other things, sold fishing supplies, including fish gear. It wasn’t until she met and married a ...

On the Waterfront – April 2015

Eastlink sues Newfoundland Fishing Vessel for Subsea Cable Break Eastlink is suing the owner of a Newfoundland vessel after its subsea fibre-optic cable was snapped last July. An arrest warrant has been issued after another subsea telecommunication cable was broken last summer off the coast of Atlantic Canada. In a statement of claim filed last month in federal court, Nova Scotia-headquartered Eastlink accuses the vessel Oceans Joy of damaging its cable, costing the company nearly $1 ...

We’d Have Been Better Off Staying Home – Part II

On February 3, 2003 six saltwater bird hunters left Musgrave Harbour just after midnight to hunt in an area known as Offer Wadham Island. The plan was to hunt saltwater ducks when the birds took flight at daybreak. Weather conditions deteriorated and seas turned rougher than expected during the 12-mile trip to the island and a thick fog made it uncomfortable for Irving Faulkner and his crew of five men, including his three sons, Dion, Darren and Danny along with friends Roger Hann and Draper ...

Clamming Up

P.E.I. couple trying to build homegrown clam industry from the sandbar up Oysters, mussels and lobsters are pretty much the holy trinity of seafood on P.E.I. Mention seafood from this province to anyone in the industry and these are the species that will come to mind. But David and Carla Annand of Freeland are looking to add a fourth species to that list — clams. More specifically, Atlantic bar clams, also known as surf clams in the U.S. They’ve started their own small-scale ...

Unified Support for 2015 Shrimp Quota Status Quo

LIFO issue continues to bubble under the surface It appears the shrimp quota battle might be over before it really got started – for now at least. Last month, in the midst of a ramped up protest movement by the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor), the offshore and inshore shrimp fleets unexpectedly approved a plan that would see no cuts to quotas in fishing areas off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2015 — notably in critical northeast coast Area 6. The unified ...

Organization Doing its Part to Promote Lobster Sustainability

The most successful projects usually find their start at the grassroots level. When the people and industry affected are part of the solution, then the end result is usually a good one. That is what Homarus turned out to be. The initiative began 15 years ago when lobster fishermen in the Maritime Provinces were concerned with the low landings. Members of the Maritime Fishermen Union (MFU) were seeing serious declines in their catches in many areas. By 2001, MFU along with government ...

Uncertain Future for Nova Scotia Lobster Levy

Does the lobster levy need re-tooling in order to persuade buyers and harvesters from LFA 33-34 to come on board? All that is known is some meetings organized in the area by the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries were sparsely attended. At one meeting, the 30 buyers in attendance voted unanimously to reject collecting the levy. So where does the process go from here? “Good question,” Geoff Irvine of the Lobster Council of Canada answered. “Once the result of all 20-odd ...