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Weak Market Conditions Could Impact 2024 Snow Crab Prices

With price negotiations currently underway for the Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab fishery, well-known market analyst John Sackton warned stakeholders to temper their expectations. Before the beginning of price negotiations between the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) and the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW), the government of Newfoundland and Labrador released a recommended pricing formula, known as the Blackwood Formula, for the consideration of both parties. The FFAW ...

N.L. Snow Crab Stocks Remain Steady Going Into 2024

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently released its 2023 Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab stock assessment, showing little change in the stock going into the 2024 fishing season. According to Julia Pantin, the DFO biologist responsible for this year’s snow crab technical briefing, the stocks off N.L. have seen little change from the previous year. “All assessment divisions are projected to remain within the healthy zone, except for assessment division 2HJ off ...

Redfish Re-opening – Getting It Wrong

The recent announcement of the re-opening of the redfish fishery in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is of crucial importance on multiple levels — economic, ecological and political. In order to take advantage of this opportunity that nature is offering, we need to get it right. Unfortunately, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and many informed commentators are getting it wrong. Since the early evidence of a redfish population explosion five years ago, harvesters have been looking forward ...

Sharing the Redfish Pie

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced the reopening of the long-dormant redfish fishery after some 30 years. Until the season begins in earnest, DFO has yet another “pie” cooling on its metaphorical windowsill. And, as always, representatives of different groups are lining up to argue that their slice isn’t quite as big as they would like it to be. Everyone wants a bigger slice of the pie than they’ve gotten, whether it’s cod, crab, mackerel, turbot or ...

Should Newfoundlanders and Labradorians be Allowed to Catch a Cod to Put on the Table?

I just celebrated my 88th birthday and remember growing up in the fishing community of Lushes Bight. I went fishing and sealing with my grandfather when I got old enough to handle a set of paddles. He taught me how to fish. We could fish anything in the ocean without any restrictions or a licence for 500 years. We did no damage to the ocean, then we entered Confederation and Canada took control of the largest fisheries in the world off our coast and manage it they did. We saw what ...

On the Waterfront – April 2024

OCI Sells Scallop Quota to Focus on N.L. Operations Ocean Choice International (OCI) has sold its Nova Scotia scallop quota to Mersey Seafoods, LaHave Seafoods and Comeau’s Sea Foods. This sale of OCI’s quota came in exchange for Greenland halibut and Northern cod quota from Mersey as well as Greenland halibut, Northern cod and redfish quota from LaHave. LaHave will also be acquiring OCI’s pollock, haddock and flounder quotas as well as the company’s assets in Riverport, Nova ...

The Twine Loft – April 2024

Passed On: Frederick Thorne — Thornlea, N.L. fish harvester Thorne, 59, passed away in Carbonear, N.L. on February 8, 2024. He was born on February 15, 1964. Thorne was a hard-working fisherman and a dedicated family man all his life. He began fishing with his father at eight years old, later quitting school at 15 to fish with him full time. From 1997 onwards, Thorne fished crab, capelin, shrimp, herring and mackerel with his good friend Gord McCarthy.   Passed On: Bruce Hillstrom ...

Need or Greed

The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans is no stranger to criticism, critiques, finger pointing and nasty comments when to comes to some of its annual management decisions. However, as of late, DFO’s careful and cautious approach to the commercial cod fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador is starting to see results. For the last few years, the groundfish fishery of Canada’s most eastern province is starting to take root as it emerges from the darkness of the moratorium. DFO has ...