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 ...
Potentially Unique Strain of DNA Discovered in Eastern P.E.I. Atlantic Salmon
There’s something very old and potentially unique swimming around some of the rivers in eastern Prince Edward Island.
This is why Scott Roloson, a PhD candidate with the Canadian Rivers Institute at the University of Prince Edward Island, found himself hip-deep in North Lake Creek, collecting salmon smolts, earlier this spring.
Roloson and a number of colleagues, including a few from the local First Nation ...
Fishery Alive and Kicking in South Western Nova Scotia
Contrary to popular opinion, the commercial fishery in southwestern Nova Scotia is far from comatose and is indeed alive and kicking.
You don’t have to look too far to prove this point.
Some boat builders are booked up for the next four years as fishermen — especially lobstermen — are opting for the big 50-footers so they can extend their fishing grounds and time.
A lobster buyer in Meteghan River, who employed some 70 or so workers four year ago, now has 300 on the payroll and ...
Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises Launches New Vessel Design
The Nellie C is now plying the waters of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The new 39 X 22-foot fibreglass fishing vessel was launched July 28 by its builders, Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises (HGOE).
The Nellie C is the first vessel built by HGOE or its predecessor company, Dawe’s Welding, since 2005.
The 39-footer, designed by TriNav Marine Design, incorporates an innovative new design and can be rigged for crab, groundfish and lobster.
The hull is built of hand-laid fibreglass with ...
Lobster Processing Revival in South Western Nova Scotia
When you think of lobster processing, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island readily come to mind.
But it wasn’t that far back that south western Nova Scotia was a leader in this field. And with the success of Riverside Lobster International, based in Meteghan River, about 50 kilometres from Yarmouth, the revival is in full swing.
Stepping back a bit, lobster canning was a major seasonal employer in this region from about 1840 to 1932, when the markets collapsed.
Places like Harris ...
Concerning Multi Species
Artist Florence Pinhorn doesn’t have a painting titled Moonlight on Water.
Perhaps she never will, but a view of moonlight shimmering on the Northwest Atlantic Ocean in full view of her artist’s studio, the Island Rock Studio, in Winterton, Newfoundland, was the seed that grew her most recent solo art exhibit.
“My husband and I were upstairs in the studio one night enjoying a glass of wine, looking out over the sea and watching the moon on the water and we started talking about the ...
New Life for Bay de Verde
Plant Reconstruction Underway and Fisheries Infrastructure Improvements Coming
What a difference a few months can make.
The mood in the northern Avalon Peninsula community of Bay de Verde has gone from devastation to one of jubilation and hope.
An April 11 fire totally destroyed the Quinlan Brothers Ltd. seafood processing plant in Bay de Verde, devastating the community, impacting the employment of about 700 workers.
But recent announcements by the company and the federal government ...