month : 07/2023 36 results

Canada Invests $2.5 Billion into Local Shipbuilding for the Coast Guard

Helena Jaczek, the Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), appeared alongside St. John’s East member of Parliament Joanne Thompson and Churence Rogers, the MP for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity in St. John’s on May 25 to announce $2.5 billion in funding to procure up to 61 vessels to renew the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) small vessel fleet. Beyond renewing the CCG fleet, these funds will go towards strengthening Canada’s shipbuilding industry and creating jobs by allowing ...

CWOIL Conference Aims to Build a More Inclusive Oceans Sector

Canadian Women in Ocean Industries Leadership (CWOIL), an organization meant to engage women in the oceans sector, held its first conference in the Delta Hotel in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador on May 9–11. The three-day conference, which seeks to discuss success stories as well as strategies for enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) for underrepresented groups in the oceans sector, turned out even better than expected according to Cathy Hogan, the executive director of ...

MOWI Addresses Concerns Over Newest Expansion

Mowi Canada East is greatly expanding its salmon hatchery in Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, and provided responses to comments and concerns by the public both in-person and online. The planned expansion includes a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS), where water is circulated through a number of filters and disinfection processes to maintain clean water in the fish tanks to avoid constantly circulating new water. Approximately 95 per cent of the water in the aquaculture system ...

DFO Seeks Engagement on Supporting Owner-Operators in N.L.

Above: David Greening photo   The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently held a stakeholder engagement in St. John’s, N.L. related to policy surrounding owner-operator policies, vessel length requirements for the inshore fleet and vessel registration. Amy Kavanagh-Penney, the senior resource manager for licensing policies with DFO, said that the Newfoundland and Labrador engagement session is to work out the details on what works best for harvesters in the province....

The NLGIDC Wants to Catch More Cod

After an incredible year of catches for the stewardship cod fishery, the Newfoundland and Labrador Groundfish Industry Development Council (NLGIDC) is asking for more cod — 4,000 more tonnes, to be exact. The NLGIDC is a collaboration of harvesters through the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) and a number of processors including Beothic Fish Processors Limited, Barry Group Inc., the Labrador Fishermen’s Union Shrimp Co. and the Fogo Island Co-operative Society. Between the ...

Innovative New Bait Stymied by U.S. Regulations

Above: Mark Prevost, left, and Wally MacPhee, co-owners of Bait Masters Inc. Photo Supplied by Mark Prevost   Prince Edward Island-based Bait Masters thought it might have had the next big innovation in alternative lobster bait — using leftover seal harvest by-products — until it was stonewalled by regulations and politics. Bait Masters is the largest alternative bait producer worldwide at this point in time. Its main bread and butter is a bait “sausage” made of mackerel ...

P.E.I.’s Lobster Fishery Sees Low Prices, Whale Closures and Market Uncertainty

The lobster season in Prince Edward Island has gotten off to a slow start, with whale sightings and low wharf prices adding to harvesters’ troubles. According to the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA), setting day for the lobster fishery kicked off with great weather. The weather soon turned on P.E.I. fishermen, however. “It has been a windy start to the season, keeping fishers off the water, in some cases,” said PEIFA in a statement to The Navigator. “The ...

Back on the Water – FFAW and ASP Strike a Deal After Six-Week Snow Crab Impasse

Above: The FFAW inshore council along with union President Greg Pretty and Secretary-Treasurer Jason Spingle gathered at the Fairfield Inn, St. John’s.   Crab harvesters are officially bringing in their catch after six long weeks for both harvesters and processors in Newfoundland and Labrador, with a dispute over crab prices finally coming to a close after weeks of negotiations. In early April, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Standing Fish Price Setting Panel sided with the ...

Wildfire Creates Havoc as Lobster Season Ends in Southwestern N.S.

Above: The good a nuff 1 steams into Clark’s Harbour on Cape Sable Island during the closing days of the southwestern Nova Scotia lobster fishery. Kathy Johnson photo   Things went from bad to worse for some lobster fishermen in southwestern Nova Scotia as the six-month commercial lobster season was coming to a close on May 31. For more than a week, an out-of-control wildfire raged through the heart of Shelburne County burning more than 24,000 hectares, forcing the evacuation of ...

The N.L. Fish Pricing System is Broken

Not only did the FFAW-Unifor come out on the losing end of the snow crab tie-up, the union has nothing to save face. The local labour movement would be ashamed, if its back wasn’t already turned on the fishery. Premier Andrew Furey shared a picture on his Twitter account on May 19th to mark the agreement to start the 2023 snow crab fishery at $2.20/pound — the same price set by the price-setting panel on April 6th — 43 days earlier. I’m not sure which was more shocking: the ...