month : 10/2015 34 results

N.L. Fisheries Minister Will Not Seek Re-Election

Newfoundland and Labrador Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Vaughn Granter announced today in Corner Brook he will not be seeking another term in the upcoming Nov. 30 provincial election. Granter, a former educator, told a media gathering that he has accepted the principal’s position at Corner Brook High School. He was first elected as MHA for Humber West in a February 2011 by-election and was re-elected in the general election later that year. In 2014, he was appointed minister of ...

UPDATE: MV Veteran Arrives in Province

The newest addition to Newfoundland and Labrador’s ferry fleet is finally in the province’s waters. The MV Veteran is a 14-knot, 80-metre ice class ferry and has a capacity to carry 200 passengers and 60 vehicles. The ferry is currently tied up in St. John’s harbour. Previous Story: The MV Veteran is making steady progress toward Newfoundland and Labrador and is currently located approximately 100 nautical miles north east of St. John’s. The vessel will conduct a sail ...

FFAW Launches New Rural Works Campaign

Today, FFAW-Unifor in collaboration with its partners, launched a new campaign to build a coalition for rural Newfoundland and Labrador. Rural Works is a campaign to build and strengthen an economically vibrant and sustainable rural Newfoundland and Labrador. The objective of Rural Works is to build a broad and inclusive coalition focused on strengthening rural economies with good jobs, better pay and a longer working season. The Rural Works coalition will bring together the fishing ...

Major Shift in Fisheries Thinking as Federal Parties Vie for Votes

A major political shift in fisheries thinking is taking place amongst Canada’s political parties as they compete for the coastal vote according to the survey results released today by the country’s national fishermen’s organization. “There is a recognition across the political spectrum that sustainable fisheries are not just about the ecology and economy; they are about the social values Canadians hold dearly,” Christian Brun, President of the Canadian Independent Fish Harvesters...

Burin Peninsula Aquaculture Project Registered With NL Environment Department

The Newfoundland and Labrador government announced today that Grieg Nurseries NL Ltd. Has registered a Burin Peninsula project under Part 10 Environmental Assessment of the Environmental Protection Act entitled the Marystown Atlantic Salmon Hatchery. Grieg is planning to construct and operate a Recirculation Aquaculture System (RAS) Hatchery for Atlantic salmon in the Marystown Marine Industrial Park. The project will include the construction of a hatchery, a smolt nursery and a smolt ...

ASP Praises Trans-Pacific Partnership

The head of the Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest seafood association says the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal announced today is great news for the province’s seafood and fish exporters. Derek Butler, executive director of the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP), says the trade deal will eliminate 100 per cent of all seafood tariffs into key markets, with most tariffs to be eliminated on implementation, and some to phase in over time. “We’re an export industry, pure and ...

MI School Head to Lead International Association of Seafood Professionals

Representatives from the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University continue to lend their knowledge, expertise and experience to organizations around the world dedicated to ensuring the success of marine-related industries. In September, Carey Bonnell, head of the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University’s (MI) School of Fisheries, took on an international role as President of the International Association of Seafood Professionals (IAFI). Bonnell officially ...

N.B. Fishermen Take on Challenges of Herring Fishery

Billy Francis says when he was offered the chance to take part in another fishery, he couldn’t say no. But he adds it’s a fishery he knew little about and admits he has a lot to learn and is willing to give it a try. The 40-year-old has been fishing lobster for two decades, working his way up from deckhand to captain. After the Esgenoopetij First Nation in Northeastern New Brunswick signed a fishing agreement with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans a year after the fallout of ...

Creating Art from Wood

Building-supply store salespeople look at Alex Howse kind of odd sometimes. They’re not sure what to think when he asks for the knottiest piece of pine board they have. But then, Alex is no ordinary lumber buyer. The 70-year-old builds model boats and often needs small pieces of wood that posses a natural curvature and wood surrounding knots has that intrinsic feature. For larger curved pieces he does the same as many regular boat builders — he finds crooked trees to cut. Those ...

Scotian Shelf Capping Device Needs to Come Home

The issue of drilling for fossil fuel off Nova Scotia is getting a bit blurred. However, one thing is getting clearer by the day, an oil company’s plans to drill exploratory wells 250 kilometres offshore, on the Scotian Shelf is meeting stiff opposition, something obviously the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) overlooked when it approved the proposal in June. The issue is not the actual drilling for oil and gas but the idea that when it comes to safety measures, the rules ...