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Navigator Magazine | 2021 | July | 01
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Organizers Hopeful Yarmouth Shark Scramble and Wedgeport Tuna Tournament will be a go

Final decisions on whether or not the Yarmouth Shark Scramble and Wedgeport Tuna Tournament will go ahead this year are going down to the COVID-19 wire. Initially, both events were planned to be a go this summer, but when Nova Scotia went into a month-long lockdown in May, with a phased re-opening starting in early June to help stop the spread of COVID-19, organizers hit the pause button. “We’re hoping to be able to have the tournament,” said Brandon Doucette president of the ...

3Ps Skate Fishery Small but Steady

Only about 13 inshore vessels pursue the thorny skate fishery in NAFO fishing division 3Ps each year. For other fleets in the groundfish fisheries, it’s a bycatch. “The skate fishery in 3Ps is pursued by both inshore mobile-gear and inshore fixed-gear licence holders,” said Robin Jahn, communications advisor for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. “The directed fishery typically opens to inshore mobile-gear licence holders in April and to inshore fixed-gear licence holders in May of ...

Fishermen Disappointed with 2021 Northern Shrimp TAC

The 2021 fishery in Northeastern Newfoundland’s shrimp fishing area 6 (SFA 6) — the only area where most harvesters have access — continues to frustrate harvesters. The FFAW-Unifor said its members are disappointed with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) 2021 decision on the total allowable catch (TAC) for Northern shrimp in SFA 6. “The Northern shrimp stock in SFA 6 has shown strong signs of growth in the past two years, with the stock growing by more than 40 per ...

Status Quo on Cod Prices and Recreational Fishery Rules

While the overall catch limit for the 2021 Northern cod (NAFO Divisions 2J3KL) stewardship fishery (12,999 tonnes) will be 649 tonnes more than last year, harvesters will not be getting a price increase for their catches. In its May 20 decision, the N.L. Standing Fish Price Setting Panel stated that the FFAW’s final price offer for the opening to July 31 was $0.98/pound for Grade A, $0.47/pound for Grade B and $0.20/pound for Grade C. For August 1 to the end of the season, the FFAW ...

Interest in Unit 1 Redfish Experimental Fishery Growing

Biomass at Highest Observed Level Since 1984 A total of 13 projects from Atlantic Canada and Quebec have been approved for the Unit 1 redfish 2021/22 experimental fishery. Last season (2020/21), only four vessels participated in the experimental fishery and seven in the index fishery for a total of 11 vessels. “The number of vessels that will be active in the 2021/22 experimental fishery for Unit 1 depends on whether the 13 successful project proponents for the experimental fishery ...

Îles-de-la-Madeleine Lobster, Crab Fisheries Most Impacted by Spring Gulf Whale Closures

As of May 27, there were approximately 39 temporary grids (7,448 km2) and 43 season-long grids (9,670 km2) closed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to protect the North Atlantic right whales. “These closures have had the most impact on the lobster and crab fisheries around the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. To help accommodate snow crab harvesters in crab fishing areas 12 E and 12 F, harvesters were able to finish their fishing season in area 12,” said Barre Campbell, media relations spokesperson for ...

Moderate Livelihood Fishery Waters Remain Murky

While reports have been filed and a newly-minted Lobster Science Partnership Roundtable held, the stand-off continues for some First Nations and the federal fisheries department on the implementation of a treaty-based moderate livelihood fishery. Even the United Nations has become involved. Going into June, it was anyone’s guess what was going to happen in St. Mary’s Bay, Digby County, which has become ground zero for the on-going stand-off. Chief Mike Sack of the Sipekne’katik ...

TriNav Marine Design Selected as Hull Design Efficiency Challenge Winner

Above: TriNav Marine Design director Rick Young at the company's head office in St. John's.   Local Naval Architecture Firm Unveils Innovative E-FINN Fishing Boat Design For generations, Atlantic Canadians have proven themselves to be some of the most innovative fishing boat designers and builders in the world. Now, another company from this region will be drawing on its decades of naval architecture experience to add a new chapter to the way fishing vessels are designed and ...

The Seafood Industry and the Bullwhip Effect

Seafood trading is hard when a couple of bad decisions on pricing or timing can wreck a business. As a result, we are trained to focus on short-term problems. Most of our time is spent managing supply, shipping and customer needs within a six-to-12-week time frame. This can obscure long-term issues that will transform our business. The last year is a great illustration of this and we are not out of the woods yet. When the pandemic first hit the U.S. in March of 2020, seafood prices ...

There is no “Magic Machine” Leading to Sustainable Fisheries Management

“Everything we do is science-based.” That’s the standard response of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to doubts or criticisms about how it manages our fisheries. Well, my B.Sc. degree doesn’t make me a scientist, but I do have enough scientific background to know when science is being applied and when it is not. And a lot of what DFO does in fishery management falls into that latter category. The department’s website, news releases and interviews constantly ...