month : 09/2015 32 results

UPDATE: Mariners Advised of Temporary Closure of Placentia Lift Bridge

Updated 09/07/15 Mariners are advised that the previously announced planned closure of Placentia Gut to navigation on Thursday, September 10, has been rescheduled and will now begin at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, September 11, until noon on Saturday, September 12. Vehicle traffic on the existing bridge will not be impacted.   Previous Story: The Department of Transportation and Works advises mariners of intermittent delays to navigation through the channel at the Placentia Gut on ...

European Court Upholds EU Seal Ban

A European Union ban on imports of seal products not derived from the traditional Inuit seal hunt has been upheld. The Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice rejected an appeal brought by an association representing the interests of Canadian Inuits — Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami — and seal product manufacturers against a ruling from a lower court in 2013. The court ruled that earlier judgement was correct in holding that the legality of the basic regulation must be assessed on the ...

Off-Duty Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers Apprehend Salmon Poachers

A recent incident in central Newfoundland has led to charges against two individuals for salmon poaching. On Sunday, August 30, two off duty fish and wildlife enforcement officers encountered two adult males in the Bottom Brook area near Lewisporte who appeared to be illegally jigging salmon. Upon investigation, the officers discovered that the men were apparently corralling salmon into a pool and then using illegal equipment to jig the fish. When the officers attempted an arrest, one of ...

N.L. Provincial Government Invests More Money in Aquaculture Industry

The Newfoundland and Labrador government is investing $1.5 million in economic infrastructure and an expanding aquaculture industry on the south coast which will see the refurbishment of the Harbour Breton wharf and the introduction of new technology at the town’s fish plant. This investment will allow the plant to reopen this fall, creating approximately 100 jobs. As part of the $1.5 million investment: $1 million will support the Town of Harbour Breton to refurbish the wharf ...

Internationally Renowned Fisheries Scientist Retires — Sort Of

Dr. George Rose is one of the world’s leading authorities on codfish. Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland 67 years ago, Rose never had a family connection to the sea; his father was a geologist, but somehow George knew at a young age that ultimately he would wind up working in the marine world. “It must have been the salt sea air in St. John’s,” he laughs. That salty air must have had a powerful impact because his family had moved to Ottawa by the time young George started ...

Back in the Water: Fall Lobster Season on P.E.I. Gets Underway

As the waning days of July start to roll around on P.E.I., fishermen in Lobster Fishing Area 25 start to make their presence known. The trucks loaded with traps start appearing on Island roads, the buzz around the coffee shops and corner stores starts to turn to speculation about prices and the minutia of the season and captains start their last minute checks on their vessels. But as the calendar started to move closer and closer to that Aug 10 start date, there was something else top of ...

Fishing Industry Votes Could Be Scarce for the Tories

The writ has been dropped and we’re in for a federal election in October after way too many days of U.S. election-type hype, liberally sprinkled with character assassinations. The knives are sharpened and as Winston Churchill is reputed to have said during the gloomy days of World War II, “the truth is so important that it has to be protected by lies and more lies.” It definitely applies to elections in this country. It’s hard to imagine a more regressive government than the ...

Clearwater Unveils Latest Addition to Clam Fleet

Clearwater Seafoods recently welcomed the Belle Carnell into its fleet of clam vessels in St. John’s. “The Belle Carnell represents the single-largest vessel investment in Clearwater’s history and is a testament to our dedication to the fishery, the region and sustainable seafood excellence,” said Ian Smith, CEO, Clearwater Seafoods. “This vessel will positively impact the economy across Atlantic Canada, creating 70 new well-paying, year-round jobs in our fleet and grow our 52-week ...

Cod — Building the Future

In recent columns, I have been discussing what the increasing abundance of cod is likely to mean for our capture fishery. Last month, I asked the question, “Are we rebuilding the past or building the future?” I ended by suggesting we have to build an industry based on cod that has a reasonable chance of being successful —competitive in international markets, economically viable, capable of attracting people and investment, providing good incomes to participants, and ensuring the ...

Yarmouth Lobster Pound Holds Up to a Million Pounds of Live Product

It is improbable many Yarmouthians know what takes place in a rather plain, aluminum-sided, large single-level building located a few hundred yards from the IMO Foods processing plant on Water Street. There are no signs on the building and the only hint of what’s inside is the presence of a Garbo semi-trailer which seems perpetually parked on the property. Garbo is an American company and a major distributor of lobster and what is held inside this building, during the first few weeks of ...