Argument for the Halibut: Newfoundland and Labrador Furious, P.E.I. Pleased Over Quota Tonnages
What should have been a joyous occasion in the Atlantic Canada fishing industry has turned into a war of words being shouted across the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
It started out innocently enough, with a 20 per cent increase in the total allowable catch of Atlantic halibut in the Gulf. The regional catch for the giant flatfish will go from 864 tonnes in 2014 to 1,036.8 tonnes for 2015 and 2016.
However, the bone of contention here lies in how that increase has been allocated amongst Atlantic ...
Cod and Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
A generation ago, baby boomers were entering the workforce in big numbers and they needed jobs.
In Atlantic Canada, a lot of those baby boomers lived in rural areas, with few local employment opportunities. Many were moving away, leaving their families and communities behind.
“Jobs, jobs, jobs,” was the rallying cry of politicians during elections, in the hope of getting themselves elected.
As it happened, the need for jobs occurred around the time Canada obtained the 200-mile ...
Newfoundland Panel Accepts Processor’s Cod Price Proposal
Seafoodsnews.com is reporting the Newfoundland Standing Fish Price Setting Panel has released its decision on cod prices and this year it accepted the processor proposal.
For the summer fishery from May 22 to August 9, prices will be $.68/pound for grade A, $.38/pound for grade B and $.20/pound for grade C.
For the fall and winter fishery, after August 10, prices will be adjusted to $.75/pound, $.40/pound and $.20/pound respectively for quality.
This represents a decline from the 2014 ...
Northern Cod Stocks Continue to Improve
For the past five years, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Marine Institute have been funding special cod surveys using the Celtic Explorer, a research vessel from Ireland.
These surveys have documented the increasing populations of cod in the traditional spawning areas in the Bonavista Corridor, where the remnant population after the 1992 collapse was concentrated.
According to Dr. George Rose, the rebuilding of the Northern Cod stock “parallels the North Sea cod story, ...
Over-Regulation Killing the Seal Hunt
While visiting Foxtrap, N.L. this spring, I attended, out of curiosity, a training course for people who wanted to get a personal sealers license.
A personal sealing license is a license to kill a seal to eat — limit of six per license and the hunter is not permitted to sell the pelt.
This course was put off by Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The local fisheries officer started off by listing some of the things that they were not allowed to do and make the statement that if you ...
Quebec Seeks Jurisdiction Royalties Over Old Harry Project in Gulf of St. Lawrence
If you source, harvest, or produce your seafood from the Gulf of St. Lawrence, you should be aware that the Province of Quebec has deposited law # 49 to acquire jurisdiction from the federal government over subsea resources in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
The mirrored legislation, already introduced in Quebec, would make way for the province to drill the Old Harry prospect. The legislation proposes that Quebec receive 100 per cent of the royalties and tax revenues from its petroleum activitie...
On the Waterfront – July 2015
Newfoundland-Based Fishing Vessel Sinks Off Nova Scotia
The St. John’s-registered Bear Cove Point sank off Georges Bank on the morning of June 9.
All four crew members were rescued by another fishing vessel and were brought back to Riverport, N.S. on June 10.
The vessel sank, in less than hour, about 175 kilometres southwest of Yarmouth and is now at the bottom of Georges Bank, roughly 20 metres below the surface.
Coast Guard officials said it’s still early in the investigation ...
Twine Loft – July 2015
Passed On: Randy Theriault — East Ferry, N.S. Fisherman
Randy passed away April 17, 2015 in Port Hawkesbury, N.S. at the age of 48. From the time he was a young man, Randy spent his life on the water as a commercial fisherman and his last venture in life was obtaining his captains certification by completing the master fisherman program at the Marine Institute of Memorial University in St. John’s Newfoundland.
Passed On: Dr. Becky Sjare — Department of Fisheries and Ocean Scient...
Cautious Optimism for Lobster Industry
It might seem like a tale out of time to many, but long gone are the days when the lowly lobster was used as fertilizer on vegetable gardens across Atlantic Canada.
Lobster easily remains Canada’s most valuable seafood export and an iconic Canadian species, despite its scientific name homarus americanus, exported around the world. The lobster industry is a billion-dollar business.
There are 45 lobster fisheries throughout the Atlantic provinces and Quebec, including one for the offshore ...