No Changes in 2020 Northern Cod Fishery Catch Limits
At 2:33 p.m. on July 7, the FFAW-Unifor sent out a press release calling on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to release the 2020 management plan for the Northern cod stewardship fishery.
Coincidence or not, later that afternoon, at 4:51 p.m., DFO responded with a press release of its own announcing the 2020, 2J3KL Northern cod stewardship fishery management approach.
DFO stated that the 2020 stewardship fishery management approach will include measures to ensure catches do not ...
2020 Northern Shrimp Prices Take a Major Hit
Despite Newfoundland and Labrador’s Standing Fish Price Setting Panel siding with the price put forth by harvesters this year, the 2020 season will still be a challenging one.
The panel recently accepted the Fish Food and Allied Workers’ (FFAW-Unifor) price recommendation of $1.18/pound for Northern shrimp landed at the plant and $1.15/pound for trucked shrimp.
Last year, fishermen were paid a minimum price of $1.78/pound. At the time, it represented an 18 per cent increase over the ...
The Saga of Recommendation M16-05
On September 5, 2015, the fishing vessel Caledonian capsized 20 nautical miles west of Nootka Sound, British Columbia.
At the time, the vessel was trawling for hake with four crew members onboard. Following the capsizing, the master and mate climbed onto the overturned hull and remained there for several hours. When the vessel eventually sank, the master and mate abandoned it and the mate swam toward and boarded the life raft.
The Canadian Coast Guard subsequently rescued the mate and ...
Will Coalition’s Funding Plea be Answered?
Everyone involved in some capacity with the Atlantic Canada fishery knows that the industry has ebbs and flows each year.
As a particular fishing season looms on the horizon, chatter, speculation and arguments always seem to surface, almost like clockwork. Just look at what recently happened with snow crab in Newfoundland. And the Northern shrimp fishery has certainly not been immune to these disputes in the past.
But this year, things have been strangely quiet in the lead up to the 2020 ...
Tragedy in St. Lawrence
Four Lives Lost with Sinking of Fishing Vessel Sarah Anne
The community of St. Lawrence, Newfoundland has seen its share of tragedy down through the years.
Residents of the close-knit Burin Peninsula town witnessed firsthand the tragic aftermath of the deadly tsunami of 1929. Then there was the loss of more than 200 American sailors when the USS Truxtun and USS Pollux went aground off St. Lawrence in February 1942. And spanning several generations are the hundreds of local miners ...
2020 Northern Shrimp Quotas Taking a Hit
The 2020 total allowable catches (TAC) for Northern shrimp off Newfoundland’s northeast coast have all been reduced.
The reductions did not come as a surprise to those involved in the fishery. After a hint of promise last year in the Northern shrimp fishery off Newfoundland’s northeast coast, it seems the stock has dropped yet again — particularly in the all-important shrimp fishing area (SFA) 6.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) held a technical briefing in February ...
Welcome to the New Normal
“People often ask when the world will return to its normal days. Don’t wait for normal days. Assume that abnormal days are normal days. Today’s abnormal normal is now our new normal.”
Mehmet Murat Ildan (Turkish playwright and author)
Last month’s Navigator Magazine was the always-popular, annual safety issue. It always highlights and puts the importance of safety in the fishery out front, where it should always be.
As every harvester knows, fishing is a dangerous ...
Significant Drop in N.L. Crab Prices
2020 Total Allowable Catch Increased by 10 Per Cent
Spring disputes are nothing new to the fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Last year, for example, in the wake of protests and a public outcry over rumours of a possible 30 per cent quota reduction, or higher, the 2019 N.L. snow crab fishery only received a nine per cent overall cut after all.
But jump ahead to 2020 and the emergence of COVID-19 was certainly one obstacle that neither harvesters nor processors had factored ...
Harvester Advocates Demand COVID-19-Related Financial Assistance
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound and negative impact on the fishing and seafood industries in Atlantic Canada and around the globe.
In an attempt to stabilize the Canadian economy, the federal government has already announced billions of dollars in subsidy and aid programs to various sectors, including a $62.5-million Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund aimed at helping the fish and seafood processing sector.
Now groups representing harvesters across the country are also demanding ...
Northern Cod Recovery Appears to Have Stalled
Some Industry Groups Taking Issue with Recent 2J3KL DFO Stock Assessment
In the midst of other fisheries across the region facing uncertainty due to the world-wide impact of COVID-19, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently released it’s latest Northern cod stock status assessment and the news was not good.
A DFO technical briefing document stated that “We continue to be concerned about the status of the Northern cod stock, which remains in the critical zone. ...