FISH-NL Advises Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc to Cancel 2017 Sentinel Cod Program
The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) has written federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc recommending that he cancel the 2017 sentinel cod program.
The federal government first introduced sentinel or test fisheries for cod in the mid-1990s, the moratoria years, to keep a first-hand check of the health of stocks in the absence of commercial fisheries. It has never been adjusted to account for or to incorporate the impacts of ...
OCI Announces Investment in Fortune Plant
On June 22, Ocean Choice International announced a $1-million investment in its Fortune, Newfoundland processing facility.
“With respect to our plans for the Fortune operation we are pleased to have the full support of the local FFAW the workers and the Town of Fortune as we secure the future of the plant in Fortune. We also appreciate the engagement of the Provincial government and the local MHA’s in working through a solution that provides a good future for the employees in Fortune and ...
Price of Shrimp Increased by 31.5 Per cent
The Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel sided with harvesters on June 21 when it agreed to a proposal from Newfoundland and Labrador shrimp fishermen to increase the minimum price to $1.25/pound, up from the original 2017 price of $.95/pound set in April.
The bump amounts to a 31.5% increase and is the minimum price for all shrimp sizes landed this summer, which range from two grams and up.
Processors, represented by the Association of Seafood Producers, had proposed a price of $1.04/pou...
FFAW Responds to Twillingate Shrimp Plant Closure
The Notre Dame shrimp processing plant in Twillingate informed workers June 21 that it will be permanently closed as a result of the declining resource.
The plant employed close to 100 workers during peak processing season.
“The shrimp plant was a pivotal piece in the economy of Twillingate, and its loss will surely be felt for years to come despite our booming tourism industry,” says Ray Hynes, FFAW-Unifor chair at the Twillingate plant. “We appreciate that the company met with the ...
N.L. Government and FFAW Form Delegation to Secure Federal Ice Compensation for Plant Workers
The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Fisheries and Land Resources and the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) have formed a delegation to secure viable federal compensation for fish plant workers affected by severe ice conditions.
The delegation was scheduled to meet yesterday with Jean-Yves Duclos, federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, to discuss the inclusion of plant workers in federal emergency ice compensation. A meeting with the Newfoundl...
Ice-Related Compensation Announced for Plant Workers
Federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos, has announced income support for Newfoundland and Labrador fish plant workers impacted by severe ice conditions.
“I was pleased to host Minister Crocker, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources, to discuss the situation of workers impacted by the ice conditions along the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. Through various Employment Insurance (EI) program measures, the Government of ...
Major Commercial Marine Industry Event Returning to Moncton in Early 2018
Those who make their living on, in and around the water, along with those who provide the related products and services to keep Atlantic Canada’s marine-based industries running, will want to mark their calendars for the next edition of Fish Canada Workboat Canada.
Taking place January 26-27, 2018, at the Moncton Coliseum Complex, this is the country’s largest commercial marine trade show. The event provides a key opportunity for members of the commercial marine sector to connect with ...
DFO Provides Ice-Related Emergency Funding
On Friday, the Department of Fisheries, Oceans announced that the Government of Canada will provide emergency assistance to fishers in Newfoundland and Labrador, and Quebec, who are, or have been, prevented from fishing because of the current severe ice conditions.
Under the Ice Assistance Emergency Program, a total of up to $5 million has been allocated for payments for eligible applicants residing in Newfoundland and Labrador, and Quebec, who have been affected by ice conditions in their ...
Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium Celebrates its Fifth Anniversary
The Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium will be celebrating its fifth season, re-opening on Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
To celebrate, visitors are invited to wear a birthday hat or dress as your favourite aquarium animal to be entered into a prize draw. A birthday cake cutting will take place at 1 p.m., as well as sea star birthday card making and educational programs all day.
Aquarium staff and volunteers, with the help of local fisherman, have been busy assembling the displays of ...
Rebranded Seafood Association in Nova Scotia
The Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance (NSSA) has succeeded the Nova Scotia Fish Packers Association, to advocate for and strengthen the voice of the province’s small and medium-sized onshore seafood companies.
The Fish Packers Association represented processors for more than 40 years. The Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance will build on that legacy, and reflect the scope and diversity of modern onshore fisheries operations. The new organization was officially established March 1st.
“We are proud ...