N.L. All-Party Committee on Northern Shrimp Allocations to Reconvene
Newfoundland and Labrador’s All-Party Committee on Northern Shrimp Allocations will reconvene to discuss next steps in response to a new science report from the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) that indicates a significant reduction in the Northern shrimp stock in SFA 6 over the past year.
Based on these reports, the Federal Government’s “last in, first out” (LIFO) policy relating to Northern Shrimp allocation decisions will continue to have a devastating effect on ...
NLIFHA Expresses Concern with Recent Shrimp Resource Declines
The Newfoundland and Labrador Independent Fish Harvesters Association (NLIFHA) is extremely concerned that its members are again facing major potential cuts to their shrimp quotas based on the latest reports on the status of the resource.
The NLIFHA was formed in 2004 and covers an area of 170 multi-species fish harvesters in the larger vessel fleet sector in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) division 3K fishing area in North eastern Newfoundland. Many of the associa...
FFAW to Protest Decision to Extend Offshore Cod Season in 3Ps
Fish harvesters in 3Ps, on the province’s south coast, will be holding a demonstration at the constituency office of the Honourable Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador on Friday, February 26 at 10:30am.
The harvesters are calling on Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to immediately reverse a decision to extend the cod fishing season for offshore trawlers in the area. This decision comes after DFO committed to harvesters ...
NL Government Provides Update on Arrival of MV Legionnaire
Construction of the MV Legionnaire, the Newfoundland and Labrador’s newest 80-metre ice class ferry, is complete.
The vessel is docked in Romania and will enter service when enhancements to the wharves at Bell Island and Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s are concluded.
“Significant upgrades to infrastructure are required to prepare the wharves at Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s and Bell Island for the MV Legionnaire and this work is progressing. When the construction season begins again in ...
Thousands of Jobs at Risk in Northern Shrimp Fishery, FFAW Claims
The Fish Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) is stating that thousands of harvesting and processing jobs in rural Newfoundland and Labrador may be lost if the current fisheries management policies for northern shrimp are maintained.
The FFAW is providing, what it calls, further details on the impact of sharp declines in the northern shrimp stock as outlined in Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO) stock status report.
“The implications of the stock status report, if they are ...
Marine Institute’s Marine Base Construction Underway
Construction work on the next phase of the Marine Institute of Memorial University’s Holyrood Marine Base has begun.
RJG Construction, which was awarded the tender in November 2015, is preparing the site for the delivery of rock and timbers for the marginal wharf. Construction of the wharf is scheduled to begin in late March.
The institute will build a wharf and breakwater on the north side of the base in common with the berths and harbour on the south. The enclosed area will provide ...
Updated: Newfoundland-Based Vessel Taking on Water Near Iqaluit
The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC) in Halifax is reporting that a 220-foot Newfoundland-based fishing vessel is taking on water in the Davis Strait.
The vessel, which has not officially been named yet by the JRCC, is reported to be from St. Anthony and has a crew of 30 onboard. However, CBC has reported that the vessel is the Saputi and is currently en route to Nuuk, Greenland, after tearing a hole in its hull.
It started taking on water Sunday after running into ice about 270 ...
FFAW Calls for Immediate Halt to Northern Shrimp Fishery in Area 6
The Fish Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) is calling for an immediate halt to all northern shrimp fishing activity in Shrimp Fishing Area 6 (SFA6), which is located adjacent to the northeast coast of Newfoundland and the southeast coast of Labrador.
The call for a halt is in response to reports that the fishable biomass for SFA6 has declined sharply over the past year. “If the reports we have received are accurate, then we are facing a very difficult situation in the northern shrimp ...
Northern Lights 2016
The Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce (BRCC) and the Labrador North Chamber of Commerce (LNCC) recently produced another successful Northern Lights, a high-profile business and cultural showcase of Nunavut, Nunavik and Labrador / Nunatsiavut.
Northern Lights 2016 was held at the Shaw Centre (formerly the Ottawa Convention Centre) in Ottawa, Ontario, January 27-30, 2016. The four-day event attracted 200 exhibitors and 1,200 delegates.
New this year, in collaboration with ArcticNet, ...
Proposed Grieg Aquaculture Project Under Review
The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation announced today that Grieg NL Nurseries Ltd. and Grieg NL Seafarms Ltd. have registered the Placentia Bay Atlantic Salmon Aquaculture Project relative to Part 10 Environmental Assessment of the Environmental Protection Act.
The company is planning to construct and operate a land-based Recirculation Aquaculture System (RAS) Hatchery for Atlantic Salmon in the Marystown Marine Industrial Park and 11 marine-based farms in ...