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 ...
Bluefin Tuna Won’t Be Included Under Species At Risk Criteria
For once Bluefin tuna fishermen in Atlantic Canada received good news from the government — but you wouldn’t think so by listening to the public airways and reading reports from the Ottawa media.
On August 29, the federal government decided not to list Bluefin tuna under the Species at Risk Act, thus enabling this small but important segment of the Atlantic commercial fishery to continue.
A 30-day period was allotted for response to the decision and no doubt the government will be ...
Spike in Lobster Demand Pushes Live Lobster Prices to Highest Pricing in 10 Years
Live lobster prices spiked again last month, with Urner Barry reporting prices for hardshell up 25 cents and for new shell up 50 cents, as retailers stocked up for Labour Day weekend.
With hardshell at $8.50 and new shell at $6, these are the highest prices in 10 years.
Demand by lobster processors is driving the price up. Two things have changed in the market.
First, there are significantly more companies doing lobster processing, especially in Maine and Massachusetts. These companies ...
On the Waterfront — October 2016
N.S. Launches International Seafood Brand in China
Last month Nova Scotia launched a new international seafood brand to market their premium seafood in global markets.
“Nova Scotia leads the world for high quality fish and seafood, such as lobster and sea cucumbers, all harvested from the cold and pristine waters of the Atlantic Ocean,” said Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil. “Nova Scotia is Canada’s number one exporter of seafood.”
China is a priority market for Nova Scotia, ...
Twine Loft – October 2016
Passed On: Max Forsey – Hillview, N.L. Fisherman
Forsey, 65, formerly of Fortune, passed away at the G.B. Cross Memorial Hospital in Clarenville on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories are wife, Anna Mary of 41 years; sons, Troy Forsey of Spruce Grove, AB and Travis Forsey (Lisa) of Fortune; mother, Roberta Forsey of Fortune; four grandchildren: Matthew, Mckayla, Emily and Max Forsey; his sisters, brothers, extended family and a large circle of other ...