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Fish Canada Workboat Canada Makes Strong 2024 Return

The return of Fish Canada Workboat Canada was a resounding success with over 7,000 industry buyers in attendance over the course of the two-day event. The Moncton Coliseum Complex was a commercial fishing hub this past weekend, January 19th and 20th, where visitors made the trip from across New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and beyond. The building was filled with local and international exhibitors who showcased the latest technologies and services available to the commercial ...

Federal and Provincial Government Invest Over $25 Million in N.L. Seafood Sector

The latest round of Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF) funding, totalling $25,327,448 over 147 projects, was announced for Newfoundland and Labrador in November. The funding announcement was made by Gudie Hutchings, federal Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Elvis Loveless, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture. The announcement also featured statements by Member of Parliament for ...

Celebrating the 25th Annual Port de Grave Boat Lighting

TriNav Group of Companies Onboard as Inaugural Presenting Sponsor The 25th Annual Port de Grave Boat Lighting Presented by TriNav Group kicked off on December 8, 2023, as the small community of Port de Grave, Newfoundland and Labrador’s harbour came to life when around 60 fishing boats adorned with Christmas lights were officially turned on to kick off their 28 days of Christmas. For Port de Grave, this time-honoured tradition brings the whole community together in a unified goal. “We...

After Seven Years, DFO Looks at the Past, Present and Future of the AFF

As the seven-year lifespan of the Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF) comes to a close, program director Rob McDonald looks back at the achievements of the program and the future of the AFF. The AFF was conceived as a way to steer Canada’s seafood industry towards producing high-quality, value-added and sustainable-sourced products to meet an ever-growing market demand. The $400-million program, in which the federal government covered 70 per cent and the Atlantic provinces cover the other 30 ...

Canada and N.L. Sign MOU to Speed Development of Offshore Wind

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador has made steps towards speeding up offshore wind energy development in the province, but some have called for more consultation before the projects get underway. Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to enable the development of offshore wind projects in the province. According to the N.L. government, this MOU will ...

TSB Recommends Increased Safety Oversight in Canadian Territories Following 2021 Death

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada released a report and safety recommendations following the death of a crewmember of the Suvak after a man fell overboard in the early morning of August 26, 2021. Around 120 nautical miles northeast of Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, the crew memebrs of the Suvak were rounding out a two-week fishing trip. Before the vessel steamed back to port, two of the crew worked throughout the day and into the night of August 25. Early in the morning the next ...

Whale-Safe Gear Will Be on a Voluntary Basis in 2024, Reports DFO

Following consultation with industry members and experts, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has decided to make the adoption of its lower breaking-strength fishing gear program voluntary as of 2024. The process of adopting lower breaking-strength gear, which is designed to break under 1,700 pounds of force to reduce the mortality risk to entangled whales, began in 2018 when the United States adopted similar legislation surrounding whale-safe fisheries practices. “Minister ...

DFO Minister Holds Meeting to Discuss Gulf Shrimp, Redfish Going into 2024

Concerns have been raised over the health of the Northern shrimp stocks in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The situation is dire enough for some, like the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government located on the border of Québec and New Brunswick, that they are calling for a moratorium on the fishery after participating in it for over 20 years. In an interview with the CBC, the associate director of natural resources for the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government (LMG) Danny Isaac said that less than 40 per cent ...

SWNS Fish Harvester Associations Rescind Support for Moderate Livelihood Fishery: Decision is Related to “Breach of Faith” by DFO

Commercial fish harvester associations in Southwestern Nova Scotia are calling out the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) for “a flagrant breach of faith” when it comes to First Nations’ moderate livelihood fishing understandings. “It is time for DFO to be transparent on regulation of treaty rights. As leaders in the fishing community, we also know that a resolution to these issues can only be found when all stakeholders have a seat at the table and there is transpare...

Lobster Quality Up While Catches Are Down in LFA 33-34 Survey

The 2023 Atlantic Lobster Moult and Quality Survey (ALMQ), conducted by the Coldwater Lobster Association and the Université Sainte-Anne, found that the quality of lobsters increased from the previous year, while catch rates went down. The surveys take place in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34, where researchers take 150 sample lobsters in each of their eight predetermined survey sites. These sites are located in four general areas, each of which has an “inside” and “outside” ...