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Federal and Provincial Government Invest Over $25 Million in N.L. Seafood Sector

The latest round of Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF) funding, totalling $25,327,448 over 147 projects, was announced for Newfoundland and Labrador in November. The funding announcement was made by Gudie Hutchings, federal Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Elvis Loveless, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture. The announcement also featured statements by Member of Parliament for ...

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. “Minister ...

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” ...

“Change Has to Come” – SEA-NL Plans to Bring Another Fisheries Co-op to Newfoundland

The Seaward Enterprises Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (SEA-NL) has elected to switch roles from a non-profit organization, meant to represent the interests of inshore owner-operators, to a for-profit fisheries co-operative (co-op). According to SEA-NL’s Executive Director, Ryan Cleary, the organization’s board of directors voted to transition to a fisheries co-operative to “better represent licensed enterprise owners and strengthen the inshore fishery.” Cleary said that ...

Baffin Fisheries Prepared to Welcome “Canada’s Largest Fishing Vessel”

Above: The Inuksuk II will be Baffin Fisheries’ largest vessel to date at 80 metres long and 18 metres wide. Photos submitted by Chris Flanagan, CEO of Baffin Fisheries   Nunavut-based Baffin Fisheries is set to procure the largest fishing vessel in Canadian waters, the Inuksuk II. The vessel, at 80 metres long and 18 metres wide, was conceived by Baffin Fisheries in 2019 and is set to be completed in the third quarter of 2024 as a replacement for the 37-year-old Inuksuk I. The ...

Inaugural Innovation Summit Seeks to Keep Atlantic Canadian Seafood Competitive Worldwide

Above: (L-R) Keith Hutchings, Managing Director of the CCFI; David Fitzgerald, Beach Point Processing Company; Carey Bonnell, Vice-President of Sustainability and Engagement at Ocean Choice International; Geoff Irvine, Executive Director of the Lobster Council of Canada and Alastair Trower, Director of Business Development with Enginuity Inc. Nick Travis photo   The Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI), Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Marine Institute recently ...

Cod Stocks in 3Ps Remain in Critical Condition, Says DFO

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) held a briefing in late November to update the status of 3Ps cod off the southern coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, which has remained in the critical zone since 2000. In 2023, 3Ps cod stock was found to be at 55 per cent of the limit reference point, or the level below which the stock is considered to be subject to serious harm. Based on factors such as the current small stock size, small fish size and early maturation, DFO doesn’t believe ...