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LFA 34 Licence Holders Voting on Lobster Measurement Increase

Above: Above: Lobster fishing boats check their gear off Baccaro Point. In the background is the lighthouse known as The Salvages. Kathy Johnson photo   Lobster fishing area (LFA) 34 licence holders will be voting whether or not they are in favour of increasing the minimum lobster carapace size to coincide with the new U.S. measure coming into effect on Jan. 25, 2025. “The logistics of how the vote will be undertaken will require a few weeks to sort out but the aim is to have ...

Second Early Lobster Season Begins in P.E.I.

Prince Edward Island’s spring lobster season has begun in lobster fishing area (LFA) 26a earlier than usual for the second year in a row. The LFA 26a season, which usually starts in early May, kicked off on April 26 for the second year in a row. According to Ian MacPherson, Executive Director of the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA), the intent of starting the season a few days earlier than usual was to avoid the season being extended into July. “As product ...

Lobster Landings Continue to be Down in Southwestern Nova Scotia

Above: Cape Sable Island fishers Donnie Smith and his daughter Chrissie Smith check lobster traps alongside the Cape Sable Island Causeway. Kathy Johnson photo   With a month to go before the six-month commercial lobster fishery in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34 closes on May 31, there didn’t seem to be much improvement in landings. “It’s bad. It’s one of those seasons where a lot of the guys are wondering if they should be fishing something else to try and make up ...

N.L. Snow Crab Fishery Begins After Week-Long Pricing Dispute

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) and the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) recently came to an agreement to start the Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab fishery with a minimum price of $3 per pound, up from the previous decision of $2.60. The agreement was announced on April 14, around 12 hours before a union-led demonstration was scheduled in St. John’s to protest the previous pricing decision and after a week-long tie-up wherein none of the province’s 57,586-tonne ...

Fishing Accident off N.L.’s West Coast Claims Lives of Uncle and Nephew

On the morning of April 21, 2024, the 23-foot fishing vessel Miss Jenny capsized near Molly Ann Cove, N.L., claiming the lives of two crewmembers. At approximately 11 a.m. on the day of the incident, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) received a report of people in the water near Molly Ann Cove. In response, the CCG sent out a mayday relay to vessels in the area, as well as tasking the CCGS Cape Edenshaw out of Lark Harbour, N.L. A Cormorant helicopter out of Gander, N.L. was also sent by the ...

Are Harp Seals the Villains in Atlantic Fisheries?

How much fish are harp seals consuming and how much does that interfere with commercial fisheries? There has been an ongoing debate on the role of harp seals in the Northwest Atlantic fisheries ecosystem. There is suspicion that harp seal predation negatively impacts commercial fish stocks, but do we have any proof of this? Harp seals rely heavily on capelin, cod and other groundfish species, many of which suffered a collapse in the 1990s and have since remained below pre-collapse levels. ...

The Lobsters Will Be Fine, But What About Us?

Above: Lonnie Snow photo   The good news is that lobsters are set to easily withstand the rigours of climate change in the coming decades. However, the bad news is that we aren’t. The Centre for Marine Applied Research (CMAR) recently released a report that leads with some heartening news. According to the research group, climate change over the coming three decades poses a “low to moderate risk” for lobsters off the coast of Nova Scotia. Given that the predicted ...

What Happened to our Wild Atlantic Salmon?

Wild Atlantic salmon have been in the news lately and rightly so. As a boy going to school in Lushes Bight, Notre Dame Bay, I fished salmon by net which I had to knit after doing my homework (couldn’t buy the nets). My first salmon I sold was 15 cents per pound around to the houses in my community. After I finished school in 1955, I moved to Deer Lake where I resided for 23 years. My next-door neighbour talked me into salmon fishing by rod (wasn’t too sure). Anyway, I gave it a try ...

A History of the Gulf Redfish Fishery

“The rebound of redfish stocks is a true success story and shows how conservation efforts are critical to maintaining fisheries,” quoted former federal Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray. When Newfoundland and Labrador entered Confederation in 1949, it enabled Canada to declare the Gulf of St. Lawrence as inland waters because it was now enclosed on all sides by Canadian territory. Until then, it was open to foreign fishing nations. In relation to redfish, the Province of Newfoundland ...

On the Waterfront – June 2024

FIP Celebrates Several Achievements in Latest Meeting Stakeholders from around the world met in Barcelona, Spain to celebrate a number of achievements in the Northern cod Fishery Improvement Project (FIP). The meeting included United Kingdom stakeholders like Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), Marks & Spencer, Youngs Seafoods and Thistle Seafoods, France’s Sysco division, High Liner Foods from the United States/Canada as well as Canadian stakeholders including Ocean Choice ...