month : 12/2016 34 results

Number of Serious N.L. Fish-Related Offences Significantly Increase in 2016

While the overall number of Newfoundland and Labrador fish-related violations in 2016 was comparable to 2015, there was a significant increase in the more serious offences. Particularly concerning for the province’s Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division (FWED) is the dramatic increase in the types of offences which have the most detrimental impact on salmon populations. This summer, one file alone saw the seizure of 54 Atlantic salmon from an illegal net in Traverse Brook. Compared to ...

Cooke Seafood Completes Acquisition of Fripur

The Cooke family has formally acquired the assets of Fripur S.A., Uruguay’s largest seafood company. The final closing took place on Dec. 14 when a public purchase deed was signed in Uruguay, finalizing a thorough court approval process. The Fripur acquisition was completed through Perindes S.A., which is owned by the Cooke family. Cooke had previously begun to repair the Uruguayan fishing vessels and the company anticipates a resumption of fishing operations early in 2017. Fripur ...

Mariners Advised of Restricted Access to Placentia Gut

Beginning tomorrow (Saturday, December 10), the channel that allows access to the Placentia gut will be inaccessible for approximately one month to mariners who require the Placentia Lift Bridge to lift. This is due to the removal of the former lift bridge. The new bridge remains open to vehicle traffic. The Department of Transportation and Works thanks mariners for their cooperation and apologizes for any inconvenience this closure may cause.

Contract Awarded for St. John’s Harbour Dredging

The federal government announced today that a $4-million contract has been awarded for harbourside improvements at the Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Headquarters in St. John’s. Bottom sediments near the dock will be removed providing greater water depth. This will allow for the Coast Guard’s larger vessels to dock at the wharf adjacent to the headquarters building instead of being restricted to the North side of St. John’s Harbour. Approximately one metre of dredging will be done in 90 ...

WWF and FFAW Release Northern Cod Plan

WWF-Canada and Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) released their action plan today for rebuilding northern cod in Newfoundland and Labrador. The comprehensive action plan is a milestone in a fishery improvement project (FIP) run by WWF-Canada and FFAW-Unifor on the northern cod (NAFO divisions 2J3KL) stewardship fishery operating in the inshore, a press release stated. The FIP will implement improvement measures that will ensure continued sustainability once the stock has grown ...

Coast Guard Closes Seasonal SAR Stations for Winter

The Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region will close its seasonal search and rescue stations in Lark Harbour and Port aux Choix on December 7, 2016. The vessels from the seasonal search and rescue stations cannot operate in the ice-covered waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The seasonal stations will resume operations in April, 2017. The Canadian Coast Guard’s stations are strategically located to provide assistance as quickly as possible in order to minimize loss of life, injury, and ...

MFU Executive Secretary Dies in Traffic Accident

The Executive Secretary of the Maritime Fishermen’s Union (MFU) was one of two men killed in a Dec. 5 head-on collision on Route 11 in Lower Newcastle, N.B. Police reported that Christian Brun, 46, of Cormier Village was the driver of a car that collided with a car driven by a 69-year-old man from Miscou, N.B. Brun was involved in the fishery since 2004, initially as a coordinator during a period of structural change at the Maritime Fishermen's Union and in 2006, he became part of the ...

Northern Harvest Sea Farms Announces Expansion

Northern Harvest Sea Farms announced today a $6-million expansion to its salmon hatchery in Stephenville. By expanding its hatchery, Northern Harvest Sea Farms will increase its production capacity by an additional 1.5 million smolts – or 6,000 tonnes of harvested product – each year. The company has planned a number of other capital investments, including four new feeding systems for its operations throughout the province at $2 million each.

Dreamboat Turned Nightmare — Part IV

After tossing around in 20-foot seas in the Davis Strait for eight or nine hours, Captain Byron Oxford and his eight crewmembers heard the distinct sound of a ship’s horn. Looking through the canopy opening of their life raft, they saw a large ship in the distance. Approximately an hour later, the ship drew near and attempted to rescue the crew of the Atlantic Charger, but getting a small rubber raft safely alongside a large steel ship in heavy seas was not an easy task — let alone getting ...

Asian Markets Could Lead to Record Opening Day Prices in LFA 33-34

The lobster fishery in LFA (lobster fishing area) 33-34 closed on a very high note at the end of May with harvesters receiving $6/pound for their catch, the same amount paid at the opening of the season in late November 2015 a far cry from the $3.25/pound earned just a few short years ago. And if landings in LFA 35 (southeastern part of New Brunswick and an area from Digby back to the Minas Basin in Nova Scotia in the Bay of Fundy) are any indication, the fishing season which opens Nov. 29, ...