month : 04/2017 32 results

FFAW Calls for Ice Compensation and Extended Employment Insurance

FFAW-Unifor President Keith Sullivan is calling on the federal government to pay extended Employment Insurance (E.I.) benefits, or the equivalent, to fish harvesters in the province who are kept ashore by heavy ice conditions. “The persistent ice in some areas of the province will cause hardship for many families, and the government must step-up to assist this people as conditions are expected to persist for the next several weeks,” says Sullivan. For many, E.I. benefits run out next ...

DFO Responds to Richard Gillett Hunger Strike

In a press release, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) recognizes the right of individuals to protest and voice their positions in a reasonable manner. It is of course concerning when anyone takes a course of action such as the one Mr. Gillett is pursuing, and we share the public’s concern for his health. We understand that this is a difficult time for the fish harvesters and communities affected by recent fisheries management decisions, and we are always willing to listen to and work with ...

Cold Water Cowboys Season Four Kicks Off Tonight

Captains and crews of Discovery’s Cold Water Cowboys reprise their fight against unforgiving Atlantic waters in season four tonight. This season will bring some new faces, with others notably absent. Lifelong fisherman and son, Calvin and Kurtis Kerrivan and fourth-generation Skipper Lee Pond, join Rick Crane, Morris Anstey and Paul Tiller for an all-new, eight-episode season of the original Canadian series. From Paperny Entertainment, the eight-part series follows the brotherhood of ...

Protest in Support of Richard Gillett Hunger Strike

A number of fishermen and members of of the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) were protesting at the entrance of DFO’s Newfoundland and Labrador headquarters in St. John’s this morning. They were there to support the Richard Gillett, an inshore fish harvester from Twillingate and Vice-President FISH-NL), who began a hunger strike last Thursday. Gillett’s demands include a meeting with the federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Dominic ...

Richard Gillett Enters Day Five of Hunger Strike

Richard Gillett, an inshore fish harvester from Twillingate and Vice-President of the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL), began a hunger strike Thursday afternoon on the grounds of DFO’s Newfoundland and Labrador headquarters in St. John’s. Gillett’s demands include: a meeting with the federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Dominic LeBlanc,  and his assurance of an independent review of DFO science/management; as well as an independent ...

DFO Increases Access for Indigenous Groups to Southern Gulf Snow Crab Fishery

The Government of Canada is using an historic increase in snow crab biomass in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence to increase Indigenous access to this fishery during the 2017 season. Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced April 12 that the management decision for Crab Fishing Areas (CFA) 12, 12E, 12F, and 19. The decision includes a one-time setting aside of up to 1,100 tonnes from CFAs 12 and 19 for Indigenous groups in the area to increase ...

Twine Loft – April 2017

Passed On: James McGrath – St. John’s, N.L. Former Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans McGrath, 85, passed away in hospital on February 28, 2017. Born January 11, 1932, he was a former politician and the eighth Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland, Canada. As a young man, McGrath was a member of the Responsible Government League which opposed Newfoundland joining Canadian Confederation. Nevertheless, upon the province’s joining confederation in 1949, McGrath left to enlist with the ...

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 ...

U.S. Tightens Up Seafood Import Regulations

With the the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) recently passing the latest bureaucratic hurdle, more in the Atlantic Canadian fishing industry are turning their attention to the potential, new markets across the Atlantic. But before these forthcoming tariff-free zones start to garner everyone’s attention, perhaps a refocusing of the critical and traditional market to the south might be in order — the most important buyer of Atlantic Canada seafood, ...

Training and Support for Women in Fisheries Science at the Marine Institute

By Susan Fudge, Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University is known around the globe for its world-class training in fisheries, ocean technology, marine safety, marine transportation and beyond. Over the past decade, the Institute has been gaining recognition for its applied fisheries research. Fisheries in the Northwest Atlantic are a scientist’s dream to study. From the complex ecosystem, varying oceanographic influences, ...