LFA 35 Fishermen “Devastated” by Opening Price
Above photo by Kathy Johnson
An opening shore price of $6 to $7/pound in lobster fishing area (LFA) 35 in the Bay of Fundy, which opened on October 14, is proving to be challenging for harvesters.
“Fishermen are saying they are devastated by the price. It’s not even a break-even price,” says Colin Sproul, president of the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association. “It’s not sustainable at that price.”
With the cost of fuel, bait, gear and boats ...
Ramping up the “Red List” Resistance
American author James C. Collins once said, “Bad decisions made with good intentions, are still bad decisions.”
After receiving and continuing to receive unmitigated backlash over its decision to “Red List” American lobster and Canadian snow crab, the California-based Monterey Bay Aquarium is sticking to its misguided guns — at least for now.
As everyone in the Atlantic Canadian fishing industry already knows, as part of its Seafood Watch Program, in September, the conservation ...
Price Negotiations Process is Skewed in Favour of Processing Companies
The provincial government recently released the review recommendations for our fishery’s price setting panel late last week.
The review was mainly done in response to the 2022 fishery — where processors refused to sit across the negotiations table from us, refused to pay the prices set by the panel and closed some fisheries down entirely.
2022 was by far the most difficult year of negotiations I can recall as someone who has been around the table now for over a decade. I’ve been ...
On the Waterfront – December 2022
Alaska Shutters 2023 Snow Crab Season
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) recently announced that the Bristol Bay Red King Crab (BBRKC) season will be closed in the Bering Sea for the second consecutive year, as well as the first closing for the Bering Sea snow crab season since the inception of the North Pacific Council.
Both were closed due to conservation concerns due to the Bering Sea being warmer and more acidic than ever before. These conditions have caused a 90 per ...
The Twine Loft – December 2022
Passed On: Ronald Newell — Clark’s Harbour, N.S. fisherman and mariner
Newell, 87, passed away in Yarmouth on October 6. He was a fisherman in his early years and in 1966 he became the first coxswain of the first lifeboat 101 at Clark’s Harbour where he remained until he retired in 1995 due to leukemia.
Passed On: Russell Enslow — West Green Harbour, N.S. fisherman and fish plant worker
Enslow, 87, passed away on October 7. He was born in West Green Harbour on October 28, ...
Collective Bargaining Report a Small Step Forward
Aristotle once wrote, “How many a dispute could have been deflated into a single paragraph if the disputants had dared to define their terms.”
After an embattled 2022 fishing season, with accusations flying like ocean spray in the wind, the Newfoundland and Labrador government did make an attempt to define the possible causes of this year’s harvester/processor disputes in the fishery.
On July 21, N.L. Labour Minister Bernard Davis announced an independent review of the collective ...