On the Waterfront – July 2023
Port of Stephenville Acquired by World Energy GH2
World Energy GH2 Inc. has successfully closed a deal to acquire the port from the town of Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador as part of their Project Nujio’qonik to ship green hydrogen and ammonia to international markets.
Project Nujio’qonik aims to produce hydrogen by 2025 as part of a Canada-Germany Hydrogen Alliance, which calls on the two partner countries to invest in the renewable energy source. The wind-generated hydrogen ...
Letter to the Editor – Farewell to a Dear Friend
It’s a very sad day for me as I am writing this tribute to a very dear friend of mine and a friend and ambassador to all the fishing industry on the Northeast coast of Canada.
When I returned to the fishery in 1976, Gus Etchegary was a well-known name in the fishing industry because of his connection with the largest fish company, Fishery Products.
It was after the moratorium that I got to meet Gus when Cross Country Checkup did a live show in St. John’s, hosted by Rex Murphy. I had ...
The Man With a Fish on His Back: A Tribute to N.L.’s Finest Fish Warrior — Augustine (Gus) Etchegary, May 28, 1929 – May 7, 2023
In 1884, an ad for Scott’s Emulsion cod liver oil featured a captivating picture of a stooped man carrying a whopper of a Norwegian cod, nearly as big as he is.
Here, in Newfoundland and Labrador, we had our very own man bearing a weighty fish on his back. He went by the name of Augustine Etchegary — better known as “Gus.”
Symbolically, and with passionate fervour and articulation, Gus carried the N.L. codfish, its light and its fight, for close to six decades.
This Basque ...
Gus Etchegary: “A Key Figure in the Story of Newfoundland”
At 98 years old, Gus Etchegary, an industry giant and a long-time advocate for Newfoundland and Labrador’s fishing industry, passed away on May 7.
Etchegary was born on May 28, 1924, in St. Lawrence on Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula. In his nearly 99 years of life, Etchegary witnessed many of the historic events that make N.L. the province it is today — from N.L. becoming a Canadian province in 1949 to the cod moratorium of 1992.
The story of the Etchegary family in Newfoundland ...
The Twine Loft – July 2023
Passed On: Kenneth Leo Johnston – Little Pond, P.E.I. fisherman and boatbuilder
Johnston, 73, passed away on May 3, 2023. He was born on May 17, 1949. Experienced in all aspects of the inshore industry including pair seining, scallop, herring and lobster fisheries, Johnston was also well known for his boat-building capabilities. Johnston built over 30 new boats for fishermen throughout the Maritimes and notably, repaired countless others, often delaying the start of his own fishing season to ...
Securing a Path Back
Best-selling author Cinda Williams Chima once wrote “I’ve found it wise to enjoy any time of truce, while recognizing it for what it is. A truce.”
In late May, an unprecedented six-week snow crab fishing dispute finally came to an end and Newfoundland and Labrador fishermen are once again on the water, doing what they do best.
For the majority of the spring, the FFAW-Unifor and Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) were locked in a battle of wills and attrition over the price of ...