Gilbert Linstead: Fish Man of Labrador
L’Anse au Loup. The name has a lovely, melodic ring to it doesn’t it?
Especially when pronounced properly with the ‘p’ silent, — i.e. L’Anse au Loo. It’s a French name that, in English, means Cove of Wolves.
Gilbert Linstead is proud to say he is from L’Anse au Loup, Labrador. The general manager and CEO of the Labrador Shrimp Company was born and raised in the southern Labrador community of 550 people and still lives there most of the year. He also has a residence just ...
Two Paths to the Canadian Coast Guard
Chart your course for a career with the Canadian Coast Guard.
Like any destination in life, there is more than one way to get there. This is what CCGS Teleost senior engineer Shona Dalton and Canadian Coast Guard College student Peter Mitchell have discovered.
Dalton, now 39 years old, grew up in Conception Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador and the ocean wasn’t necessarily calling to her.
“I guess like most Newfoundlanders, it’s just there. Nothing really stands out but I can ...
Northern Shrimp Stocks Down 40 Per Cent: Fate of 2016 Fishing Season Up in the Air
For months there has been much speculation about the fate of 2016 northern shrimp quotas, particularly in SFA (shrimp fishing area) 6, located adjacent to the northeast coast of Newfoundland and the southeast coast of Labrador.
On Feb. 23, the Fish Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) surprised some when it publicly called for an immediate halt to all northern shrimp fishing activity in SFA 6, setting off a series of union-organized public rallies across the province.
The call for a ...
Shrimp Science, Policy Under Critical Review: Sharp Decline in Stock Sparks Action and Debate
It’s one of the smallest species being fished in Newfoundland and Labrador waters, but this spring it is the subject of one of the biggest controversies to be had in the province’s fishery in years.
Shrimp has become a key stock in maintaining the fishing industry in waters off the north and northeast parts of the island and southern Labrador.
But the shrimp stock has been in decline for a number of years and a stock status update released in February by the Department of Fisheries ...
Larval Science: Scientists Trying to Predict Climate Change Impact on Baby Lobsters
They say that no visit to Atlantic Canada is complete without a traditional feed of lobster.
Few grow up here without having at least some experience with handling the delicious, if prickly, crustaceans. The species and the harvesting thereof, is part of the fabric of life in the region.
But before they’re hauled up from the ocean floor for a date with a diner plate, Atlantic lobsters have to survive almost unfathomable odds in order to reach adulthood.
It is in the measuring of ...
Clean Ocean Group Wants Municipalities to Oppose Exploration in Key Fishing Areas
Municipal councillors in many Nova Scotia coastal communities are facing financial difficulties due to the lack of economic diversification and an aging population.
Now local governments are being asked to pressure both the federal and provincial government to permanently remove Sites 3 and 4 from any future Canada Nova Scotia Petroleum Board (C-NSOPB) oil and gas exploratory lease site auctions.
The demand is being made by the Clean Ocean Action Committee (COAC), an amalgam of harvester ...
You Can’t Fix It — Part II
On October 24, 2009, Captain Corey Starkes and his three-man crew of the Seafaring Legend were enroute to Twillingate to land their shrimp catch. Things were routine until just before daylight. Corey was trying to get some much-needed rest while crewman Chad Sheppard stood watch. At approximately 7 a.m., Corey was awakened by Chad’s shouts to wake up because something was wrong. Going to the wheelhouse, Corey realized the vessel was so severely listed to the port side that water was about ...
Signs Point to Positive: Harvesters Hopeful for Strong Spring Lobster Fishery in P.E.I.
By mid-April 2015 some Prince Edward Island fishermen were so anxious about the unusual ice conditions in their harbours that many grabbed their chainsaws and started trying to clear up the blockages themselves.
In the end, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) decided to delay the spring lobster season from its usual April 30 start date in the hopes that the ice would clear out naturally. The season officially opened several days later and was extended at the tail end of the season ...
Grieg Proposal Needs Extensive Environmental Review
Something sinister is trying to sneak into our province and destroy what we hold dear, including our wild fish.
It comes under the guise of a so-called harmless fish farm expansion in Placentia Bay by Grieg of Norway that uses job creation to lure supporters, including our scarce taxpayers’ dollars.
What they try to diminish, even hide, is that this project will inject more than 10 million (seven million annual production) imported, European-origin salmon into the waters of Placentia ...