month : 07/2023 36 results

Lobster Seasons Winding Down in Maritimes

Above: Fishing boats are reflected in the still waters at the Lower East Pubnico wharf  in Yarmouth County. Kathy Johnson photo   Between the end of June and early August, the lobster season will close for the majority of inshore lobster fishing areas (LFAs) in eastern Canada. For most, the season has been nothing to brag about. “Nobody is doing too much. It’s been a pretty meager start to the season,” said Colin Sproul, president of the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen...

Private Crab Sales on the Rise, says SEA-NL

Facing down $2.20 per pound crab prices, some harvesters in Newfoundland and Labrador have begun privately selling crab to make up for the downturn in the market. Seaward Enterprises Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (SEA-NL) said that many harvesters were unaware of their rights to privately sell crab. According to SEA-NL’s president Pam Petten, their Pot-to-Plate program, which sought to act as an intermediary between buyers and harvesters, served as a catalyst for harvesters to ...

Snow Crab Season 2023: Good Landings But Low Prices

With Newfoundland and Labrador’s crab season well underway, with minimum prices sitting at $2.20 per pound — down from over $7 per pound in 2022 — harvesters are feeling financial pressure, with most just fishing to break even. Mario Rice, a harvester from Bay de Verde who’s been fishing for 32 seasons in the 6B area of the 3L inshore, says that a combination of low prices, high input costs and the shortened season has left him and his crew in hard financial circumstances. He said ...

Remembering My Friend Cabot Martin

On June 21, 2023, a service was held for Cabot Martin at the St. George’s Anglican church in Petty Harbour. Cabot’s roots were in Port aux Basques, but he spent most of his life in St. John’s. However, he never forgot the rural parts of this province and spent a lot of his time and money working for our rural communities and for the ocean that was the life blood and our reason for being here. One of his projects was cod farming, where fisher people would catch small cod and put them ...

On the Waterfront – August 2023

Investigations Ongoing into OceanGate Disaster In light of the implosion that claimed five lives aboard the Titan submarine that offered a guided tour of the wreckage of the Titanic, several official organizations are investigating the factors that contributed to the incident. Authorities from the Transportation Safety Board in Canada and the U.S. Coast Guard, assisted by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board have launched investigations, as well as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police ...

The Twine Loft – August 2023

Passed On: Philemon Coombs — Shoal Cove West, N.L. fish plant worker Coombs, 79, passed away on June 17, 2023. He was born in Shoal Cove West on February 10, 1944. For a time, Coombs worked at the fish plant in Anchor Point, N.L.   Passed On: Todd Whynot — Liverpool, N.S. fish plant worker Whynot, 40, passed away on June 14, 2023. He was born in Liverpool. Whynot spent some time working in a fish plant before his career in paving.   Passed On: Robert Jacquard — ...

Words are Good But Actions are Better

The Newfoundland and Labrador fishery is no stranger to reports, studies, plans and commissions. Over the last 50 years, there have been almost too many to list here. It seems every government in power in recent years, whether it be federal or provincial, has appointed some group to do some study on how to improve, fix, alter, adjust, reform, adjust or find solutions to the problems facing the N.L. commercial fishery. Countless millions have been spent and literally thousands of recomme...

U.S. Survey Highlights How Harvesters Can Strengthen Local Supply Chains

The University of Maine, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Marine Fisheries Service are collaborating to find out how harvesters are direct marketing their product in the United States. This survey was created with the intent of highlighting the socioeconomic contributions seafood harvesters make to the nation’s regional food systems. “Part of the challenge is that seafood is an important part of the food chain, but not much information has been collected on ...

Salmon Stock in N.L. Showing Low Returns and Low Survival Rates

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has completed its bi-annual assessment of wild salmon in Newfoundland and Labrador, concluding that monitored rivers on the island are still struggling, while Labrador is seeing some growth. Of the 15 monitored rivers in Newfoundland, nine were in the critical zone, five were in the healthy zone and one was in the cautious zone. Four rivers in Labrador were monitored in 2022, of which two were considered healthy, one was considered to be in the cautious ...

MUN Launches $22-Million Holyrood Facility for Ocean Technology Development

Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador’s (MUN’s) newest $22-million facility, dubbed The Launch, will serve as an innovation hub to further research and technology development for the oceans sector. Located on the shores of Conception Bay in Holyrood, N.L., The Launch is set up to test research in real-life scenarios. “The facility and where it’s located provides what we like to call a living lab environment,” said Kelly Santos, the director of The Launch. “It’s a ...