Harvesting Plan Announced for Northern Cod Fishery
2020 Grade ‘A’ Price Down $0.10/Pound
While the overall catch limit for the 2020 Northern cod stewardship fishery (12,350 tonnes) will be staying the same as last year, harvesters will not be getting the same price as they did in 2019.
In its recent decision, the Newfoundland and Labrador Standing Fish Price Setting Panel selected the position of the Association of Seafood Processors (ASP), meaning that the 2020 late summer/fall price will be $0.80/pound for grade ‘A’ cod and the ...
2020 Northern Shrimp Price Takes a Further Reduction
Price Panel Reconsideration Leads to an 8.5 Per Cent Hit
The soap opera that is the 2020 Newfoundland and Labrador Northern shrimp fishery continues to be played out on wharves and fish plants across the province.
On July 2, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Standing Fish Price Setting Panel accepted the Fish Food and Allied Workers’ (FFAW-Unifor) price recommendation of $1.18/pound for Northern shrimp landed at the plant and $1.15/pound for trucked shrimp.
Despite siding with the union, ...
Ghost Gear Fund Supporting 11 Projects in Atlantic Canada
From manufacturing plastic lumber out of discarded fishing rope and nets, to retrieving lost gear from the fishing grounds, 11 projects are currently underway in Atlantic Canada to combat ocean pollution.
Two Nova Scotia businesses have received grants as part of the second phase of the domestic plastics challenges under the Innovative Solutions Canada program.
Ashored Innovations Inc. will receive $702,000 to design and build a low-cost, commercially viable and acoustically activated ...
The Green Crab Battle Continues
Research Underway for Use in Making Biodegradable Plastic From Shells
While the European green crab continues to top the invasive species most unwanted list, it could turn out to be useful on several fronts.
Research is underway into the development of biodegradable plastic from the shell waste of crustaceans, including the invasive European green crab.
Parks Canada has partnered with Dr. Audrey Moores, a McGill University chemistry professor, on the project. The partnership ...
Labour Shortage Continues to Hamper Nova Scotia Boatbuilding Industry
While the Nova Scotia boatbuilding industry seems to be riding out the COVID-19 wave, finding skilled labour continues to be a major issue.
In general, the demand seems to be still healthy for fishing boats, said Jan Fullerton, executive director of the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association (NSBA). “The biggest issue is the same as before the pandemic, the shortage of skilled labour.”
Fullerton said answers are varied from boatyards in the province on whether or not COVID-19 has ...
Be Careful What You Ask For
There is an old saying that comes in many different variations.
A common one is, “Be careful what you ask for, because you may get it in greater measure than you expect.” It is a warning that what you ask for may not actually be good for you.
The origins of that idea go back at least to the book of Elijah in the Old Testament of the Bible. It is also in Aesop’s Fables, the world’s best-known collection of morality tales, dated to around 260 B.C.
But Elijah and Aesop likely just ...
Русские идут (The Russians Are Coming)
“The Russians are coming” is a phrase attributed to United States Secretary of Defense James Forrestal in 1949, at the beginning of the Cold War.
It is highly doubtful Forrestal was referring to modern-day Russian seafood when he allegedly uttered those famous words. He probably had something else on his mind.
And speaking of global politics, some might argue now that Russia should no longer politically be considered a world superpower in this day and age. As politicos and academics ...
The Twine Loft – September 2020
Passed On: Eric Dunne – St. John’s, N.L. Former DFO Regional Director-General
Dunne, 77, passed away on July 8 at home. A proud alumnus of Memorial University, he spent his illustrious 30-year professional career with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans. He was appointed Regional Director-General for Newfoundland and Labrador in May 1980. During his career, he stewarded the province through many difficult times, the most challenging being the announcement of the cod moratorium ...
On the Waterfront – September 2020
Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program to Open August 24
On August 5, Federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan announced that the much-anticipated Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program will open for applications on August 24, 2020, through to September 21, 2020.
In May, the Government of Canada announced $469.4 million in funding to establish the new Fish Harvester Benefit and the new Fish Harvester Grant. This is the single largest investment in Canada’s fisheries in nearly two ...
‘There Are More Guts in a Turnip Than There are in Us’
On July 13, 2020, my neighbour and l went fishing for cod in the recreational food fishery.
We didn’t go fishing very early in my opinion, it was 6:30 a.m. As we cleared the last point and the open ocean came into view, it was like a television show I watched years ago where an Indigenous person named Moses would look over an empty place and call it the big empty. That’s what it looked like this morning.
Imagine a fishing town like Twillingate in the heart of fishing time and only one ...