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Houston, We Have a Problem – Part II

Last month, we told you about the U.S. barge Houston that was adrift in a bad storm near Port Hood, Cape Breton on December 17, 2007. The barge was not carrying cargo but did have approximately 9,000 gallons of fuel onboard and that was a huge environmental concern. If the Houston was pushed onto the rocky shores and punctured a hole in its hull, a fuel spill could be a catastrophe for marine life in the area. The Coast Guard ships Terry Fox and Edward Cornwallis were dispatched to the scene to ...

Up From the Ashes: Bay de Verde Plant Set to Re-Open This Spring

When overlooking the new modern fish plant adjacent to Bay de Verde harbour, it is hard to believe what transpired in the Northern Avalon Peninsula community nearly a year ago. An April 11 fire totally destroyed the Quinlan Brothers Ltd. seafood processing plant, devastating the community and impacting the employment of about 700 workers. Vice-President of Quinlan Brothers, Robin Quinlan, recently told CBC that plant construction is coming along well and the company is hoping to be up ...

Nova Scotia Launches China Lobster Export Pilot Project

CETA Deal Approved by EU Parliament Bad weather, soft shells and low yields from LFA 34 landings, along with high prices, forced most processing plants in Nova Scotia to shut down by January 12 — with the exception of Riverside Lobsters International located in Meteghan River. Adding to mix was the fact the Chinese market for lobsters was down 30 per cent from last year due to high prices. In New England, most fishermen pulled up their gear in January which led to a lack of product. ...

Dire Predictions for N.L. Crab and Shrimp Stocks

Scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are painting bleak pictures for the upcoming 2017 snow crab and Northern shrimp seasons off Newfoundland. Many in the industry are anticipating cuts to the snow crab quotas and another big hit to the already beleaguered shrimp fishery. And if the DFO quota regulators take the advice of their science colleagues, both valuable fisheries are destined for cuts during the 2017 season. DFO snow crab lead Dr. Darrell Mullowney said the ...

Serving Customers – Part II

Last month, my column was about the array of cod products — and products of some other species often substituted for cod – available for different prices at retail stores in St. John’s, N.L. Stores in larger cities undoubtedly offer an even broader range of fish products and prices. And, of course, fish competes with other protein foods, such as beef, pork and poultry. Given the array of choices offered to them, I asked, how do consumers decide which products to buy, take home and ...

How Alaskans Forced Snow Crab Prices Above $8/Pound

Price Likely to Carry Through to Boston Reports from Japan say Bering Sea opilio (snow crab) prices are escalating wildly above $8/pound due to the production cutback in Alaska. As a result, wholesale snow crab prices in Japan have smashed all records and are up about 50 per cent over last year. As of late February, about 12.6 million pounds has been caught and nine million pounds remains to be fished, or about 41 per cent of the total 21.6 million pounds, which includes both the IFQ and ...

On the Waterfront – April 2017

Ottawa Creates $325-Million Atlantic Fisheries Fund The federal government has announced an investment of $325 million to create an Atlantic Fisheries Fund aimed at benefiting the fishery in all four Atlantic Provinces. The Fund is aimed at stimulating innovation, with a focus on growing opportunities and increasing their value to meet market demands for sustainably sourced, high quality fish and seafood products. Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada said, in ...