FISH-NL Presents Certification Application to N.L. Labour Relations Board
The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH NL) presented an application this morning to the Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Relations Board requesting that the organization be certified as the new bargaining agent for inshore fish harvesters.
The application, the organization stated, includes membership cards signed by thousands of harvesters from more than 300 communities around the province.
“We feel we have the support of more than 50 per cent of ...
Harbour Breton Fish Meal Plant Environmental Undertaking Registered
The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Climate Change recently announced that the Barry Group’s proposed Harbour Breton Fish Meal Plant project has been registered.
The Barry Group is proposing to construct a fish meal plant in Harbour Breton adjacent to the existing fish processing plant where the former ground fish rendering plant was located.
The fish meal and oil rendering plant will value add to the more than 6,000 tons of salmon by-products processed from the ...
More Fisheries Closing
DFO advised that the shrimp fishery in Shrimp Fishing Area 6 (Northern Shrimp), that portion of NAFO sub-Division 3Ps in Shrimp Fishing Area 7, and in Shrimp Fishing Area 8 (Gulf Shrimp) for inshore vessels less than
100 feet, based in NAFO Divisions 2J, 3K north, 3K south, 3L, 3Ps, and 4R will close on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 2000 hours.
DFO also advised that the Bluefin Tuna fishery in NAFO Divisions 3LNOP for all vessels and all gear types, including catch and release, will ...
Groundfish Fisheries Closed for the 2016 Season
DFO reminds fishers that the following inshore groundfish fisheries are closed:
Lumpfish fishery for all NAFO areas for the Newfoundland and Labrador fleet VO 2016-266
NAFO Areas 2J3KL Northern Cod Stewardship Cod/By-catch fishery VO 2016-273
NAFO Areas 2+3KLMNO inshore Greenland halibut (Turbot) fisheries VO 2016-267
Inshore Fixed Gear Atlantic halibut fisheries, for Newfoundland and Labrador-based fleets in NAFO Areas 3NO, 3Ps and 4R VO 2016-268
NAFO Areas 3NO White ...
FISH-NL Calls on Province to Lift Restrictions on Outside Buyers
The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH NL) has proposed that the provincial government lift all restrictions and allow out-of-province buyers into the provincial marketplace for all species.
“An open and free market in the fishing industry would, at best, result in increased competition and more money in the pockets of fish harvesters,” says Ryan Cleary, President of FISH-NL. “At worst, it would keep local buyers honest.”
Cleary made the ...
Licence Extensions for 2017
DFO advises fish harvesters that fishing licences for 2017 may not be available until after the first week of January 2017.
Those fish harvesters who wish to fish during the first week of January, 2017 must first have their 2016 fishing licences manually amended by a fishery officer or a licensing officer to extend their licence into 2017.
Fish harvesters are advised to present their 2016 licence to any fishery officer or any licensing officer of DFO before the start of any fishing trip ...
Spawning Closure Reminder – 3Ps Cod
DFO reminds fish harvesters that the annual cod spawning closure in inner Placentia Bay will come into effect on January 1, 2017.
This closure applies to all vessel classes for all waters of Placentia Bay inside (northward) of lines drawn between the following points:
Baker's Cove Point (47º 49.747' N, 54º 07.386' W) to Brimstone Head (47º 49.265' N, 54º 08.053' W)
Sound Island Point (47º 47.322 N, 54º 10.033' W) to Tobin’s Point (47º 42.825' N, 54º 12.376' W)
N.L. Government Hands Out $2 Million in Fisheries Project Funding
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Seafood Innovation and Transition Program has provided over $2 million to support innovation and development for 37 initiatives throughout the province’s seafood industry.
The program was announced in Budget 2016 with a focus on helping the seafood industry transition to a groundfish-based fishery.
The Seafood Innovation and Transition Program is designed to support growth and diversification in the province’s seafood sector, including initiatives to make ...
FISH-NL Extends Deadline for Membership Cards
The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH NL) has set Thursday, Dec. 29, as the deadline for receipt of membership cards from fish harvesters around the province.
“Membership cards continue to pour in by the hour,” says Ryan Cleary, president of FISH-NL. “According to the legislation, our application for certification must be submitted by the end of December, so we’ll continue to collect cards until then.”
FISH-NL membership cards cannot by ...
Norway Company to Purchase Gray Aqua Assets
Marine Harvest recently announced that it has been nominated by the receiver of all the assets owned by the Gray Aqua Group of Companies, to purchase the company.
The acquisition price on a cash and debt free basis is $15 million (CAD). The Gray Aqua Group of Companies is based on the East Coast of Canada and is currently in receivership. The acquisition is important from a strategic point of view, as it further broadens Marine Harvest's global farming footprint in a country where we are ...