Where Does the Fishery Fit into the Blue Economy?
As the majority of the country grapples with the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ‘business’ of government continues, albeit in a primarily small screen, virtual form.
While the federal government’s priority understandably continues to be virus containment and vaccine rollout, other policy platforms are being unveiled, largely without the media attention and spotlight they would receive in a normal news cycle.
One such platform that emerged earlier this year was the Govern...
N.L. Harvesters Seeing Record High Crab Prices
The news for Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab fishermen keeps getting better at every turn.
After a dismal, COVID-19 impacted 2020 season, N.L. harvesters must be looking skyward, thinking some higher power must be looking down favourable upon them.
The latest bit of good news came on April 25 from the province’s Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel.
In late March, the Panel had sided with the FFAW’s proposed price of $5.73/pound over the Association of Seafood Producers’ (ASP) ...
2021 Northern Shrimp Price Drops to $1/Pound
While snow crab harvesters reap the rewards of record-setting prices this year, the same can’t be said for the struggling Northern shrimp fishery.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel recently announced that fishermen will be receiving $1/pound this year for their shrimp.
The Fish Food and Allied Workers’ union (FFAW) had proposed a price of $1.50/pound to the Panel, but instead it chose the price offered by the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP).
Cleary Behind Another Organization to Represent Independent Owner-Operators
After a hiatus of nearly two years, another attempt, involving a familiar name or two, is being made to form another organization representing inshore fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador.
In April, a news release announced that a new group — the Seafood Enterprises Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (SEA-NL), was being formed to serve as the independent voice of the province’s more than 3,000 licensed commercial inshore fish harvesters.
“Owner-operators are a distinct group ...
Safety in the Fishery Must be Unwavering
Our collective thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones as we remember:
Edward Norman, age 67
Scott Norman, age 35
Jody Norman, age 42
Isaac Kettle, age 33
Aaron Cogswell, age 29
Leonard Gabriel, age 55
Daniel Forbes, age 37
Michael Drake, age 48
Eugene Francis, age 48
Charles Roberts, age 58
This list of Atlantic Canadian fish harvesters, lost in 2020 when their fishing vessels sank, is a stark and painful reminder of the risks that fishermen ...
2021 N.L. Snow Crab Season Begins on a High Note
After a somewhat dismal, COVID-19 impacted 2020 snow crab season, Newfoundland and Labrador harvesters have several reasons to feel good about their prospects in 2021.
The first bit of good news for N.L. crab fishermen came on March 29 when the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) released the management plan for the 2021 snow crab fishery, which included a significant increase of 29 per cent in overall quotas.
The second positive news of note came on March 31 when the N.L. Standing ...
DFO Backs Off on Call for 3Ps Moratorium
Assessment Shows Northern Cod Stock Continues to Hold its Own
On any given year, the iconic Northern cod stock normally garners most of the attention when assessment time rolls around each spring.
But this year, all of the talk surrounded the 3Ps cod stock off Newfoundland’s south coast.
Earlier this year, in January, at the Groundfish Advisory Council meeting, the stakeholders involved in the 3Ps fishery seemed to have a consensus that for the 2021–2022 season, there would ...
Overall Northern Shrimp Stock Showing Signs of Life
The Northern shrimp stock off Newfoundland’s northeast coast appears to be holding its own, including the all-important shrimp fishing area (SFA) 6.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) held a technical briefing recently regarding the 2021 Northern shrimp stock assessment and reported that the SFA 6 spawning stock and fishable biomasses increased slightly between 2019–20.
SFA 6 is where the majority of the inshore N.L. shrimp fishery takes place.
DFO said that SFA 6 remains ...
Are Lobsters Tougher Than We Thought?
As everyone is well aware, the lobster industry, both here and south of the border, is a business worth in the billions of dollars each year.
And once an industry attains such a lofty value, its stakeholders are always on the lookout for not only other possible positive opportunities, but factors that could lead to the detriment of such an important economic driver and resource.
One such factor for the lobster industry that seems to hold the duality of causing both excitement and anxiety ...
Latest N.L. Snow Crab Assessment Showing Positive Signs
Some industry observers often refer to fishermen as eternal optimists.
While others might debate that label, there was certainly quite a bit of optimism being expressed over the winter by Newfoundland snow crab fishermen regarding the upcoming 2021 season, particularly in NAFO fishing areas 3L and 3Ps. And for now, it appears that optimism might have been justified.
For the fourth year in a row, scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) presented a somewhat bright, yet ...