International Cold Water Prawn Forum to be Held in St. John’s
The biennial conference of the International Cold Water Prawn Forum (ICWPF) will be taking place on November 14, 2019 in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
The conference is one of the ICWPF’s core events, bringing together key industry stakeholders from around the world. This year’s event will be held at the Sheraton Hotel, in downtown St. John’s.
With its headquarters in Denmark, the ICWPF, formed in 2013, promotes opportunities in and benefits of cold water prawns by offering a ...
Shrimp Fishery Showing Signs of Life?
To say the Northern shrimp fishery has had a few rough years would be more than an understatement.
In fact, not too long ago, many in the industry were starting to talk about the possible end of this once lucrative and profitable fishery.
One cannot understate the growth of the shrimp fishery off northeastern Newfoundland.
The fishery for Northern shrimp began off the coast of Labrador in SFA (shrimp fishing area) 5 in the mid-1970s, primarily in the Hopedale and Cartwright Channels, ...
The Twine Loft – November 2019
Passed On: Albert MacEachern – Cape George, N.S. fisherman
MacEachern, 82, passed away on September 18 at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Born in Antigonish, he was a son of the late Alex and Ruth (Conrad) MacEachern. A lifelong resident of ‘The Cape,’ he was a fisherman and a wooden boat builder. Boat building began at an early age with his father, who taught him the love of boats. When he retired, he began making model boats and lighthouses. Many of his model boats and ...
On the Waterfront – November 2019
Cape Bald Packers Announces Construction of New Lobster Processing Facility
Cape Bald Packers says it will build a new lobster processing facility in Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick after the company lost two plants to separate fires back in February.
The new 50,000-square-foot facility will be located in Cap-Pelé. The company expects the site to be up and running by May 2020, when spring lobster season will kick-off.
Although the company will build a new facility in Cap-Pelé, it decided to ...
FCC Conference Serves Up Insights and Solutions as Seafood Industry Adapts to Dynamic Challenges
For over a year, the Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) has led a campaign to promote Canadian fish and seafood under the tagline, “Three Oceans, Two Million Lakes, One Place.”
However, given the strong and enthusiastic showing at FCC’s recent Annual Conference, the tagline might have earned a new twist, “Hundreds of Participants, 11 Speakers, Lots of Value — in Two Days.”
Indeed, as industry leaders from all three coasts and at all points along the supply chain gathered in ...
The Impacts of Climate Change on Atlantic Canada are Unprecedented
As the world reacts to dire new warnings contained in the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, Ecology Action Centre (EAC) is focusing on how changing oceans could impact Atlantic Canada and what we can do about it. “Atlantic Canada’s way of life is so closely tied to the ocean,” says Shannon Arnold, senior marine coordinator, EAC.
“The impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems could severely ...
High-Tech Cod Acoustic Tracking Project Underway off N.L.
Atlantic Canada’s interest in developing high-tech ocean industries and its traditional groundfish industry is coming together in a project recently announced in St. John’s, N.L. aimed at improving tracking of Northern cod.
The Association of Seafood Producers and the Atlantic Groundfish Council announced an $8.5-million Northern cod acoustic tracking (NCAT) project. The project is part of a Northern cod fisheries improvement program (FIP) that was launched in 2015 in NAFO divisions 2J, ...
Sustaining Rural Communities
People engaged in fishing and fish processing mostly live in rural communities.
In recent years, those communities have seen young people leave in large numbers, causing the populations of rural areas to shrink. As their populations decrease and are made up mostly of older people, the communities themselves are facing a sustainability challenge.
That is a problem for our industry. Young people in rural communities represent the industry’s future. If the sustainability of rural communi...
Positive Year for P.E.I. Lobster Fishermen
Catches and Prices Steady
While the final tally isn’t in, indications are 2019 has been a successful year for Prince Edward Island lobster fishermen.
Bobby Jenkins, president of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA), said while he hasn’t seen any reports yet, from what he’s been hearing “everything is pretty positive as far as landings go,” in lobster fishing area (LFA) 25, which closed on October 10.
“The shore price was up from last year, not a significant ...
Redfish Rebound Continuing in The Gulf
Unit 1 Stock up 20 Per Cent in One Year
Redfish are making a comeback in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, with estimates the stock has reached three million tonnes in Unit 1, an increase of 20 per cent in one year.
“It’s a very impressive situation. It’s not something we see often,” said DFO biologist Caroline Senay. “It’s maybe not a good story for Northern shrimp, but overall you cannot be unhappy a fish that was almost gone is coming back.”
Under moratorium since the 1990s, ...