Iqaluit Hosting Ocean Innovation 2016
Ocean Innovation 2016 will take place Oct. 4-5 in Iqaluit, Nunavut, bringing together representatives from northern communities, academia, business and government to discuss the challenges and opportunities related to the sustainable development of ocean resources, sovereignty, climate change and coastal and maritime infrastructure in the North.
Ocean Innovation is an annual conference focused on topics centred on the latest developments in the areas of maritime safety, efficiency of ...
Nova Scotia Urges Fair Access for Lobster Exports
Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell underlined the importance of fair access to export markets for Nova Scotia lobster to the standing committee on international trade today, Sept. 29, in Halifax.
"We're Canada's leading seafood exporter and every market is important to our lobster industry," said Colwell. "Losing the European market, which accounted for more than 66 million in live, Nova Scotia lobster exports last year, would hurt us."
Nova Scotia exported more than $1.6 ...
N.L. Bluefin Tuna Fishery Opening Delayed
DFO recently advised that, at the request of industry, the opening of the Bluefin tuna fishery for vessels fishing home waters in NAFO Division 3LNOP is delayed until 0600 hours on Saturday, October 15, 2016.
Amended licence conditions are available on the National Online Licensing System (NOLS). Tuna tags and ICCAT forms are available at DFO detachment offices in Bay Roberts, Marystown and Placentia.
For fish harvesters who have already purchased tuna tags, licence conditions must be ...
New N.L. Fish Harvesters’ Union Being Proposed
It is being labelled as a “David versus Goliath challenge.”
A newly formed group is gauging interest in a new union that would represent Newfoundland and Labrador fish harvesters, breaking away from the long-standing Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW).
The charge is being lead by former Member of Parliament Ryan Cleary, well-known fishermen Richard Gillett of Twillingate and Jason Sullivan, a harvester and town councillor from Bay Bulls. The organizers kicked off the initiative at a ...
St. John’s Hosting Major Aquaculture Conference
The largest aquaculture conference and trade show in recent Canadian history is taking place at the Delta Hotel in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador September 18-21.
This year’s national conference themed “Aquaculture – Leading Sustainable Food Production” is a joint venture between The Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA) and the Aquaculture Association of Canada (AAC). This isn’t the first time the two organizations have co-hosted conferences but this year ...
UPDATED: Search for Missing Fishermen Changed to a Recovery Mission
Coast Guard officials have said the search for two missing fishermen has being handed off to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and has changed from a search and rescue effort to a recovery.
The RCMP said on Thursday that with the Coast Guard ceasing its search efforts at sea, they will now look to conduct a coordinated search from land.
Coast Guard personnel are continuing to search the Freshwater Bay area, outside St. John’s Harbour, for two missing fisher...
N.L. Snow Crab Landings Fall to 1996 Levels
Japan Cuts Purchases and Prices Spike 30 Per Cent
Canadian snow crab prices are now 30 per cent higher than last year, as the Newfoundland season is done, with the exception of a couple of fishing areas outside of 200 miles.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) reported that 37,958 tonnes have been landed, or 89 per cent of the 42,650-tonne quota. However, nearly 3,000 tonnes of quota is in areas such as 3PS where the fishery has already closed, so total landings will be below ...
On the Waterfront — September 2016
OCT Transfers Port Union Plant to Town
The shuttered Ocean Choice International (OCI) fish plant in Port Union, Newfoundland has been handed over to the Municipality of Trinity Bay North.
The plant was closed in 2010 after being severely damaged by Hurricane Igor. At peak capacity, the plant employed more than 170 workers.
OCI said after six years without finding a way to reopen the plant, the company decided to transfer the plant over to the municipality at no cost. The company added ...
Twine Loft – September 2016
Passed On: Norman Randall – Englee, N.L. Fisherman
Randall, 83, passed away on July 14, 2016 at the John M Gray Centre in St. Anthony at the age of 83 years. He was born on October 7, 1932 to the late Matthew and Bertha Randall of Whooping Harbour. Randall began his working career as a fisherman. He did this for many years and during the winter months he was employed by Bowater and other companies as a cook. He spent several years cooking on the coastal boats and at the whaling plant in ...
Action on Illegal Fishing
While much of the fishing industry in this region has been fixated on LIFO and CETA as of late, on June 5 of this year, the PSMA was made legally binding around the world, with little mention or fanfare in this neck of the woods.
While everyone is familiar with the acronyms LIFO (Last In-First Out) and CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union), the PSMA (Port State Measures Agreement) is probably not on the tip of everyone’s tongue.
So what ...