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.
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 ...
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” ...
Below Average SWNS Lobster Fishery Catches Command Premium Prices
Landings are down but the shore price is up in the lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34 commercial lobster fishery in Southwestern Nova Scotia, impacting live and frozen markets.
An opening shore price of $10.50 a pound had increased to $12.25 by the end of December. The 2022/23 season opened at $7.50.
The strong shore price is good news for harvesters, says Tommy Amirault, president of the Coldwater Lobster Association.
“The lobsters are good quality from what I’ve seen. The ...
A Journal Entry of a Fisherman’s Widow
The hardest part for me is that my mind believes he’s still at sea.
He left that morning, everything was completely normal. We planned our vacation for when he got in and said our goodbyes multiple times as usual. Now, he’s never coming home and many months have now passed since we unknowingly said our last goodbye.
As long as his boat is away at sea, I seem to be able to cope and as soon as I know she’s on her way in, my heart rips apart. He’s supposed to be on her, heading home ...
Investigation into Loss of Life at Sea Reveals a Lack of Oversight
TSB Calls for Urgent Action in Canadian Fishing Industry
On August 26, 2021, a crew member of the fishing vessel Suvak lost his life after going overboard while setting gillnets in Davis Strait, Nunavut. The vessel was wrapping up a two-week fishing trip with two crew members hauling and setting nets to complete the fishing operations before returning to port. In the early hours of the morning, while setting the nets, the arm of one of the crew members became entangled in a buoy line, and he ...