Positive Impact of New Technology on North Atlantic Cod Fishery
More than ever, our groundfish industry needs to evaluate strategies to maximize the value it receives from a limited Northern cod resource with the goal of providing timely and high-quality product to the market.
The latest Fisheries and Oceans stock assessment indicates Northern cod (Gadus morhua) stocks in NAFO Divisions 2J3KL have declined recently and at a recent Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI) workshop, it was also suggested that a significant commercial fishery is ...
Deepwater Horizon Disaster Food for Thought
With the prospect of expanded offshore petroleum exploration operations on the Scotian Shelf looming on the horizon, a recent first-hand account on the devastation to the marine environment and local fishers in the Gulf of Mexico caused from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout, was serious food for thought.
Antonia Juhasz, award-winning investigative journalist and author of Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill, was guest speaker on a N.S. tour, which was organized by ...
Northern Cod Recovery Stalls
DFO Reports 29 Per Cent Single-Year Decline in 2J3KL Cod Spawning Stock Biomass
The return of a viable commercial cod fishery in the waters off eastern Newfoundland appears to have suffered a setback.
At a recent technical assessment, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) released its 2018 science assessment for 2J3KL cod, also known as Northern cod and announced a 29 per cent single-year decline in spawning stock biomass. A one-year projection shows a high probability of continued ...
2018 N.L. Snow Crab Quota Cut 17 Per Cent
Fish Price Setting Panel Chooses Producers’ Offer of $4.55/Pound
In the wake of recent positive news that the fishable snow crab biomass off Newfoundland (NAFO areas 2HJ3KLNOP4R) had shown some small signs of improvement and should be on par with 2016 stock numbers, many were surprised when it was announced the overall 2018 quota would be cut by 17 per cent.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) reduced the snow crab total allowable catch (TAC) for Newfoundland and Labrador Region ...
The End of a Dream – Part II
Last month we told you about Mackenzie’s Dream a 65-foot fishing vessel out of Bay de Verde, Newfoundland that caught fire nearly 200 kilometres offshore in May 2005. The crew was largely made up of one family. Captain Edwin Noonan was accompanied by his wife Anne, sons Shane and Edwin Jr (Neddy), daughter Melinda and Anne’s nephew Brendan Broderick. The only non-family member was Darin Rose. When flames in the ship’s stack began to spread to several areas of the vessel, it was time to ...
2018: A Below Average Year for Ice
After experiencing several recent hard springs battling heavy ice, it looks like most fishermen will be catching a break this year.
At a recent technical briefing in St. John’s, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) reported that ice conditions are far more favourable than in the last years — when heavy ice delayed fishing seasons and damaged valuable vessels and gear.
Trevor Hodgson, CCG icebreaking superintendent for the Atlantic region said while ice conditions were heavy last year in ...
Navigate Safely: Keep Water Out of Service Tanks
Over the last few years, we have seen significant changes take place in the marine industry.
Increased traffic, variation in fuel prices and emerging technologies have all impacted the way we navigate our waterways. What hasn’t changed is the need to navigate safely, which remains a top of mind priority.
Recent Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) investigations have highlighted a safety issue with respect to engine room practices aboard ships, more specifically regarding fuel ...