NAIA Issues Warning Over Potential Loss of Marine Atlantic Subsidy
Newfoundland’s valuable aquaculture sector warns that without a federal subsidy, Marine Atlantic will create an unfair and unequal economic relationship with other Maritime Provinces, said the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA) in a recent press release.
According to NAIA, the loss of federal subsidies could lead to a doubling of freight rates resulting in higher costs of goods and services for every Newfoundlander and Labradorian who chooses to call this place ...
LIFO Policy to be Temporarily Suspended, CBC Reports
Late Monday, CBC reported a federal government announcement is forthcoming this week that will temporarily suspend the much-debated and controversial last in, first out (LIFO) policy in the shrimp fishery.
CBC stated that a seven-person panel will be appointed to study that policy and will report its findings by mid-June.
It also said the shrimp fishery in SFA 4 and 5 will continue as planned, but area 6 will be suspended pending the panel's report.
For months there has been much ...
Interim Quotas Would Put Nail in Coffin of Inshore Northern Shrimp Fishery, FFAW Claims
Granting offshore trawlers in Shrimp Fishing Area (SFA) 6 an advance on next season’s quotas or interim quotas would undermine the full stock assessment and allocation policy review, said the president of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) today in a press release.
Keith Sullivan said while these critical processes are underway, all fishing in SFA 6 must cease.
“By granting interim quotas, the federal government would be tacitly admitting that offshore quota guarantees ...
Federal Budget 2016 Highlights
The federal Liberal Government’s first budget contained quite a few items that directly impact the fishing and marine industries in Atlantic Canada.
Some of the most notable were extension changes to the Employment Insurance program.
Dramatic declines in global oil prices since late 2014 have produced sharp and sustained unemployment shocks in commodity-based regions. In response to these unemployment shocks, Budget 2016 proposes to make legislative changes to extend the duration of EI ...
3Ps Cod Fishery Achieves Marine Stewardship Council Certification
A southern Newfoundland cod fishery has gained Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, demonstrating that it is possible for struggling fish stocks to recover and reach sustainability benchmarks that benefit both nature and communities.
The MSC certification of the southern Newfoundland cod fishery – known by its Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) Subdivision of 3Ps – comes after the successful completion of a WWF led Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) in partnership ...
N.L Government Approves Change of Operator Applications Related to the Sale of Quin-Sea Fisheries
Newfoundland and Labrador Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Steve Crocker has accepted the recommendation of the Fish Processing Licensing Board to approve the fish processing licence change of operator applications related to the purchase of Quin-Sea Fisheries by Royal Greenland.
“Royal Greenland submitted a solid business plan and, after careful consideration, the independent Fish Processing Licensing Board recommended approval of the change of operator applications. After conducting my ...
FFAW-Unifor to Hold Rallies in Support of Inshore Fishery Today
The FFAW-Unifor will hold rallies in St. John’s and St. Anthony today, calling on the federal government to respect the principles of adjacency and historical attachment when making fisheries management policy decisions.
The rallies coincide with a meeting of the Northern Shrimp Advisory Committee, taking place in St. John’s.
“In recent years, unfair management regimes have placed many of our coastal communities in a very precarious position,” said Keith Sullivan, President of ...
It’s Not Just Pot Luck: Cod Pots a Proven Option for Future Groundfish Fishery, Foundation, Chair Says
It sounds like a relatively simple process — toss a baited cod pot over the side of your boat, steam back later and pull in live cod, land it, get it processed and off to market.
It works with crab and lobster, right?
But for cod, it’s not that simple. Cod simply were never caught that way — at least, not commercially.
A demonstration project on Fogo Island off Newfoundland's northeast coast, however, has proven over the past seven years or so that cod potting is an exciting ...
Work Rewarded: Roger Sark Honoured by Atlantic First Nations Chiefs for Fisheries Work
Roger Sark received a surprising phone call recently.
He was informed that he was to be honoured by the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs as the 2015 Fisheries Business Person of the Year.
It's not something he was expecting, but it’s welcome all the same, Sark said.
“I was thrilled,” he said.
“It's always great to be recognized for the work you do amongst your peers in the industry. I was quite happy.”
“It was a learning process for me, every step ...
You Can’t Fix It
La Scie, Newfoundland native Corey Starkes is a changed man since the accident in 2009.
As captain of his dad’s 65-foot fishing vessel, Seafaring Legend, Corey was enjoying a good life. But in the early morning hours of October 24, everything changed and as much as he wishes, he can’t change it back to the way it was before that day.
A week earlier, Corey, along with crewmen Scott Drover and Chad Sheppard, had steamed from La Scie, across Notre Dame Bay, to Twillingate to pick up ice ...