Lobster Fishermen Reminded of Safety as Season Starts
Lobster fishermen in southwest Nova Scotia are reminded to stay safe as they launch the start of their season Monday, Nov. 30.
"Fishermen have led the change to improve safety across the fishing industry with more man-overboard training and an increased use of personal flotation devices," said Kelly Regan, Nova Scotia Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. "I urge all fishermen to continue with the great progress they've made, and keep safety a priority as they head out to sea this ...
FFAW Releases Report Card on Provincial Party Commitments
The FFAW-Unifor has released its report card on the election commitments of the provincial parties on issues of importance to its members.
“This election is important to our members and their families,” FFAW-Unifor President Keith Sullivan stated. "While a new federal government provides hope for critical changes in fisheries management, the provincial government still has a vital role to play in ensuring that the people of Newfoundland and Labrador receive the maximum benefit from the ...
Georges Bank Moratorium Extended to 2022
The Nova Scotia Government has introduced legislation to extend the moratorium on oil and gas exploration and drilling on Georges Bank to Dec. 31, 2022.
Under the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation (Nova Scotia) Act, government will also have the ability to further extend the moratorium in increments of 10 years.
"Nova Scotians have been very clear about wanting the moratorium to remain in place," said Energy Minister Michel Samson. "The Georges Bank ...
N.L. Environment Department Seeking More Information on Proposed Marystown Salmon Hatchery
The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation has determined that Grieg Nurseries NL Ltd’s Marystown Atlantic Salmon Hatchery environmental assessment cannot proceed until a description of the entire project, including the salmon hatchery, the sea cage components and triploid fish is registered as a single undertaking.
This order is pursuant to Section 29 of the Environmental Assessment Regulations, 2003 and is as follows:
An undertaking that will be engaged ...
Convictions Result from Illegal Fishing Incidents
There have been two recent convictions in Newfoundland and Labrador for incidents related to illegal salmon fishing.
At Provincial Court in Grand Falls-Windsor on November 4, Eric Lloyd Stuckless and Carl England, both of Harry’s Harbour, were convicted of illegally netting Atlantic salmon in an incident that occurred on July 16, 2015. Both men received a $1,000 fine and are prohibited from being on or near Canadian fisheries waters for three years. Three Atlantic salmon and a net were ...
St. John’s Maritime Rescue Sub-centre to Reopen, CBC reporting
CBC is reporting that federal Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo and the new federal Liberal government will reopen the Maritime Rescue Sub-centre in St. John's.
The Nunavut MP signed the mandate given to him by new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a letter nine days after he was sworn in as the minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
The sub-centre was closed in 2012 despite numerous protests from fishermen’s groups, the FFAW and the Newfoundland and Labrador government.
Seal Processing Facility Files Expansion Plans
The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation recently announced that PhocaLux International Inc.’s Fleur de Lys Seal Processing and Tannery expansion plans have been filed relative to Part 10 Environmental Assessment of the Environmental Protection Act.
PhocaLux International Inc.has submitted a proposal to expand an existing seal processing facility at Fleur de Lys to include seal skin tanning. All tanning operations will take place on the first floor of an ...
Update to Mariners Regarding Closure of Placentia Lift Bridge
The Department of Transportation and Works advises mariners of a change in dates for the planned closure of the Placentia Lift Bridge.
The channel at the Placentia Lift Bridge is now scheduled to be closed to navigation by marine vessels which require the bridge to be lifted, for a period of four weeks starting November 18 at 7 a.m. until December 16 at 7 p.m.
During the three-day period at the start of the closure, the channel will be closed to ALL marine vessels. After the first three ...
Canadian Herring Gillnet Fishery First in the World to Achieve MSC Certification
The Gulf Nova Scotia Herring Federation and its member associations have achieved the globally-recognized Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for sustainable fishing.
Fall herring from the fishery in Canada’s southern Gulf of St. Lawrence can now be sold with the blue MSC ecolabel indicating it comes from a sustainable, well-managed source. This is the first ever gillnet herring fishery to achieve MSC certification.
‘’We are delighted to see this important fishery ...
Hunter Tootoo Named Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Rookie Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo has been named minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's new cabinet.
Tootoo served in Nunavut's legislative assembly from 1999 until 2013. He defeated Conservative MP Leona Aglukkaq in the federal election last month.
Rumours were widespread that Newfoundland and Labrador veteran MP Judy Foote might be in line for the fisheries portfolio, but she was appointed Minister of Public Services and ...