Lobster Catches Stay Decent Throughout Winter Fishery in Southwest Nova
Season Challenging One for Buyers
Aside from the weather, the winter lobster fishery in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34 hasn’t been too bad, with catches strong when the fishing boats could get out.
“The weather has been horrible. There’s been a lot of wind,” said Bernie Berry, president of the Coldwater Lobster Association, but “when the guys get out the catches are decent” in most areas. “Everybody’s looking forward to spring breaking.”
Lockeport buyer Mike ...
Atlantic Groundfish Council Explains Turbot Quota Transfer
The FFAW-Unifor recently came out swinging after learning the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) approved a deal negotiated by the Atlantic Groundfish Council and the Japanese Overseas Fishing Association that will result in the fishing of Japanese turbot quota within Canadian waters.
The approval of this quota transfer between the Atlantic Groundfish Council (formerly known as GEAC) and Japan is irresponsible and negatively affects thousands of Newfoundland and Labrador fish harvest...
Third Time Unlucky
Kenneth Hickey was known as a cautious fisherman.
His wife Madeline says her husband often worried about many of his peers because he felt they were not exercising safe fishing practices. She says he often voiced his thoughts on the matter and that is why she never worried about Kenneth when he was at sea.
Kenneth, from Southern Harbour, Newfoundland, was generally attentive and careful in almost everything he did, but in a period of a year or so he had a couple of close calls that ...
MSC Certificate Remains Suspended for Gulf Snow Crab Fishery
Government Softens 2019 Whale Protection Measures
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) recently announced that the certificate for the Gulf of St. Lawrence snow crab trap fishery remains suspended following an audit by certifier SAI Global (SAIG).
The annual surveillance audit included a full review of the fishery’s performance against the MSC fisheries standard as well as progress of the corrective action plan implemented following the suspension of the certificate on March 20, 2018.
Ears on the Ocean Floor
Southwest Nova Fishermen and DFO Partner in Hydrophone Project
Above: A hydrophone sits inside a modified lobster trap at the Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition. Kathy Johnson photo
More hydrophone units are expected to be deployed this spring in waters off southwestern Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy in a collaborative effort between the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and local fishermen to collect acoustic data that detects the presence of large baleen whales, including ...
Eastern Shore Islands Current Focus of MPA Designation Process
The Eastern Shore Islands area of interest (AOI) is leading the way in the Maritimes as far as the process goes in the design of a proposed marine protected area (MPA) under the Ocean’s Act.
“While DFO is exploring various AOIs across the country, the current focus of DFO’s Maritimes Region is on the Eastern Shore Islands AOI,” said DFO communications advisor Alex McNab, adding it’s important to note that “each AOI is unique, with its own processes and timelines.”
DFO is ...
Charting New Courses
How Modernizing Canada’s Nautical Charts is Serving More than Just Ships
“Nautical charts protect lives, property and the marine environment.”
This is the motto of the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) which has been mapping the Canadian ocean for over 100 years, and charting Newfoundland and Labrador waters since the province joined Confederation in 1949.
Over the years how it does its work has evolved from cumbersome manual methods of measuring ocean depth to the ...
Innovative Aquaculture Training in the Coast of Bays
A partnership between the College of the North Atlantic and the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University is attempting to train people to work in the burgeoning salmonid aquaculture industry in the Coast of Bays region.
Known as the Development and Pilot Testing of an Innovative Demand-led Training Model to Support Entry and Retention in the Aquaculture Sector Research Project, it is led by the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) and is one of 14 projects ...