DFO Requesting Input Into 2017 N.L. Recreational Fishery
On May 20, 2016 Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced its intention to implement a licence and tags management regime for the recreational groundfish fishery in the Newfoundland and Labrador Region, commencing with the 2017 season.
The proposed licencing regime will be applicable to members of the general public, and also to tour boat operators.
The Department is now commencing a public consultations process to seek views on the both the proposed regulatory changes and the proposed ...
Public Consultations on Recreational Groundfish (Cod) Fishery
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard is seeking public input on the implementation of a new licensing and tags regime for the 2017 recreational groundfish (cod) fishery.
The consultation runs from November 1-30, 2016 inclusive.
A series of meetings will be held throughout the province to allow the public an opportunity to comment on proposed regulatory changes and associated management measures. See full list below.
Feedback can also be submitted online ...
Proposal Calls on Federal Government to Support South Coast Fish Harvesters
The FFAW-Unifor has submitted an enterprise retirement-income support proposal to the federal government on behalf of harvesters on the south coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Harvesters in the area are facing severe economic challenges as a result of an unprecedented decline of fish resources. The proposal would improve incomes by reducing the number of enterprises through a voluntary license retirement program.
“Harvesters in 3Ps are facing a crisis through no fault of their ...
Bluefin Tuna Fishery Opening Delayed Yet Again
DFO advises that, at the request of industry, the opening of the Bluefin tuna fishery for vessels fishing home waters in NAFO Division 3LNOP is further delayed until 0600 hours on Wednesday, October 19, 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, your licence conditions must ...
Slick Methods Used to Assess Manolis L Oil Tanks
Coast Guard Awaiting Report on Best Options to Deal With Worrisome Shipwreck
The North Atlantic is littered with shipwrecks from the many vessels sunk during times of war to the countless others claimed by raging storms, heavy seas and groundings, ice damage, and mechanical failure and fire.
What’s different about the old rusting shipwreck MV Manolis L, however, is the huge amount of oil still in its cargo tanks as it lies in 200 feet of water on the seabed in Newfoundland’s Notre Dame ...
Improving Industry Performance
Last month’s column discussed the fact that our industry’s performance is weak and seemingly getting worse, when measured against four key performance indicators — competitiveness in international markets, industry profitability, resource sustainability, and providing jobs and incomes.
In this column, I will talk about what we need to do to improve the industry’s performance.
So what can we do to improve? To answer that question, it helps to learn some lessons from our history.
The Current Fishing Industry is Broken
I have seen a lot of cod in my time, but never before, especially at this time of year, have I seen cod foraging on the bottom for everything and anything to keep from starving.
This year, in the stomachs of cod, I have seen sea spiders, star fish, but trying to survive on whelk takes the cake for me. (See above photo)
The whelk in this photo came out of the mouth of this cod as I put it on the splitting table this past summer.
Maybe, just maybe, we should consider why there are no ...
MI Partners in Global Seafood Market Study
The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University has joined an international project aimed at improving the competitiveness of the global fisheries and aquaculture industries.
“PrimeFish is a four-year project being led by Icelandic-based Matis, a government-owned, independent research company that will study and analyze the European seafood market in general and specific seafood supply-chains such as cod, herring, trout, seabass, seabream, salmon and pangasius,” said Carey ...
New NL Fish Harvesters’ Union Being Proposed
Two public meetings are scheduled for next week to gage 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 and well-known fishermen Richard Gillett of Twillingate and Jason Sullivan of Bay Bulls.
The organizers kicked off the initiative at a press conference this morning in Petty Harbour, with about 20-30 ...
Dreamboat Turned Nightmare — Part II
The Atlantic Charger was probably the best equipped Newfoundland vessel in its class in 2015, but the Northwest Atlantic Ocean once again demonstrated its awesome power when the Charger was trying to get home to Newfoundland after fishing turbot in the Davis Strait, east of Baffin Island. On September 22, 2015, two mighty waves overwhelmed the vessel. Captain Byron Oxford and his eight crewmembers were forced to abandon ship. Their struggle to survive rivaled scenes you only see in movies. This ...