New N.S. Live Lobster Certification Program Expected in Late Spring/Early Summer
The Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture has plans to roll out a new live lobster certification program this year that will up the industry’s game in the marketing world.
An overview of the program and its development was presented at the Fisheries Minister’s Conference in Halifax on Feb. 22 by Stacey Frame, marine advisor for the department and Michelle Theriault, Director of the Universite Saintè-Anne Petit-de-Grat campus and coordinator of the Marine Research Centre....
N.S. Fishing Industry Gathers for Annual Conference
Photo above: More than 400 fishing industry harvesters, processors and representatives gathered in Halifax on Feb. 22 and 23 for the 20th annual Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister’s Conference, which also attracted 40 exhibitors to the accompanying trade show. Kathy Johnson photo.
More than 400 fishing industry harvesters, processors and representatives gathered in Halifax on Feb. 22 and 23 for the 20th annual Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquacult...
Positive News for N.L. Snow Crab Stocks
After reporting years of diminishing snow crab stocks, scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are painting a somewhat brighter picture for the upcoming 2018 fishery off Newfoundland and Labrador.
DFO snow crab lead Dr. Darrell Mullowney said recently that the fishable biomass off Newfoundland (NAFO areas 2HJ3KLNOP4R) is still at a low level, but has shown some small signs of improvement and should be on par with 2016 stock numbers, bucking a trend that demonstrated ...
Northern Shrimp Biomass in SFA 6 Continues at Critical Level
It looks as though the Northern shrimp fishery off Newfoundland’s northeast coast will soon be receiving another quota cut.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans held a technical briefing recently regarding the 2018 Northern shrimp stock assessment and as was the trend over the last decade, the news was not good — particularly in the beleaguered shrimp fishing area (SFA) 6. SFA 6 is where the majority of the inshore shrimp fishery takes place.
DFO scientists announced that in the ...
Creating Value from Fish
Except for lobster, catches of other important commercial fish species have been decreasing in recent years.
And even though cod and other groundfish have been increasing in abundance around Newfoundland and Labrador, it seems like it will be a long time before catches come anywhere close to being able to replace the revenues and incomes lost from decreasing catches of shrimp and crab. That means we will need to maximize value from the catches we are able to take.
So, what is involved in ...
Surf Clam Decision a Massive Failure on the Part of Fisheries Minister
The recent decision to award 25 per cent of the Arctic surf clam quota in Canada to a bidder consisting of a small company in Nova Scotia and five unknown indigenous band partners in Atlantic Canada appears to be a massive failure.
The decision by Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc has pitted region against region, has pitted various first nation’s groups against each other, has crippled a multi-million-dollar investment in the fishery by Clearwater and quite possibly will significantly ...
Open Pen Aquaculture: Newfoundland’s Shell Game
Open pen aquaculture has been practiced for many years worldwide and much has been learned about it in that time.
On the positive side, it can bring economic and social benefits to areas that would not otherwise see them, but over those years, it has revealed a much darker side. If you read or watch the news you know of the many problems associated with open pen aquaculture; disease, escapement, product quality, chemical use, etc… unfortunately it appears that many of our politicians ...
Fisheries Advisory Council Supports Minister’s Position on Adjacency and Calls for Inclusion in the Fisheries Act
The following letter was addressed to Gerry Byrne, N.L. Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources, on Feb. 23, 2018.
Your Fisheries Advisory Council has reviewed the issues associated with the current review of the Federal Fisheries Act.
The federal government is considering a number of additions as part of the proposed amendments to the Fisheries Act. One of the considerations is to advance and improve fisheries management through the incorporation of modern resource management ...
Stop Digging a Graveyard for Our Fisheries
Our fishing industry in Newfoundland and Labrador is in shambles and yet politicians and decision makers are blind to the fish bones piling up in the graveyard and with it, our prime industry, economy and our communities.
Either that, or they simply do not care or have a handle on this industry they are responsible for managing and growing.
Are they aware or concerned about the rapid expansion of the foreign factory trawlers (FFTs) operating off our coasts?
All the while, our groundf...
On the Waterfront – April 2018
Body of Missing Captain Recovered After Grounding of Fisherman's Provider II
The body of the fourth person who was on the Fisherman’s Provider ll, 64-year-old Roger Stoddard, the captain of the vessel, was recovered at approximately 8:30 a.m. Feb. 8 by local fishermen.
The vessel struck what is commonly known as Frying Pan Shoal, near Canso, at approximately 8 p.m. on February 6. Three men were rescued that evening from the boat while a fourth remained onboard. The rescue effort was ...