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Will 2021 Hold More Cetacean-Related Closures and Concerns?

If you pay a visit to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) website, a few clicks will bring you to a page with no less than 87 fishery notices related to North Atlantic right whales — all for the year 2020. These notices involved whale-related delays, interruptions and closures/re-openings for various fisheries throughout the Maritimes. According to DFO, acoustic detections of whales by hydrophones (underwater microphones) and visual sightings of right whales from vessels and ...

The Twine Loft – March 2021

Passed On: Michael Drake – Fortune, N.L. fisherman Drake, 48, passed away tragically on December 15, 2020. He was crewmember on the scallop dragger Chief William Saulis that went down in the Bay of Fundy.   Passed On: Henry Vokey – Trinity, N.L. boatbuilder Vokey, 91, passed away on January 27 at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Little Harbour, Trinity Bay on October 6, 1929. He started boatbuilding at a young age, the start of a lifelong passion. At the age of ...

On the Waterfront – March 2021

Grieg Newfoundland and Carpenter’s Union Sign Labour Agreement The United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 579 was recently voluntarily recognized as a signatory union by Grieg Seafood Newfoundland. Mike Williams, President of Carpenters Local 579 stated, “Local 579 is looking forward to providing our newest signatory partner with a well-trained and skilled workforce that demonstrates their strong work ethic, productivity and safety mindset on the job site every day.” Knut ...

Eat More Local Seafood

“Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.” — Samuel Pepys: 17th century administrator of the navy of England and Member of Parliament. Being a navy officer, Pepys probably consumed his fair share of seafood back in his day and it probably tasted a lot better than some of the gruel being served below decks. Jump ahead nearly four centuries, to the eve of the 2020 holiday season and efforts are being made to ensure more people are acquiring a taste for seafood ...

The Twine Loft – December 2020

Passed On: Kenneth Fillier – Englee, N.L. mariner and fish plant worker Fillier, 94, passed away on October 4 at the Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony. He was born on December 15, 1925 in Hampden, N.L. and moved to Englee at an early age. He worked in many areas through his life, from working in the woods, operating as a deckhand on freighters and cooking on the Grenfell Mission boat, Marvel. In the last 18 years before retirement, he worked at the fish plant in Englee. Passed ...

On the Waterfront – December 2020

Qalipu Launches Seal Oil Capsule Initiative Funding provided through the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture Seafood Development Program is supporting the launch of WASPU, a new Indigenous brand seal oil capsule developed by the Qalipu First Nation. Funding up to $25,200 will be provided to the Qalipu Development Corporation — a business subsidiary of the Qalipu First Nation — to help with the launch of WASPU brand seal oil capsules into the ...

Averting Future Species Collapses

In this 24-hour news cycle, social media-obsessed world, all industries have their buzzwords. A quick look at Twitter will instantly tell you what words are trending at that very moment in time. Buzzwords surrounding today’s modern fishery now include such terms as sustainability, ecofriendly, ecolabelling, chain of custody and traceability, to name a few. However, if you venture back in time a few decades, prior to the onslaught of Facebook and YouTube, one will discover that the ...

Despite Uncertainties, Signs Point to a Good Holiday and Lent Season for Seafood

After seven months of struggling to keep businesses going during the pandemic, it seems we are in a bit of a lull. No end is in sight, but things are not getting dramatically better either. The bounce back we experienced both in terms of sales demand and restaurant demand in June and July appears to be fading. In mid-September, we were simply facing a huge number of uncertainties. They included the election in seven weeks, a potential stall in job creation and employment this fall with ...

Close to Home

Coast Guard Investments Bringing More than Just Safety to Coastal Communities   Canada has one of the most effective search and rescue (SAR) systems in the world. The Canadian Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary respond to about 13 search and rescue calls, assisting 43 people and saving 13 lives a day across the country. The Canadian Coast Guard is responsible for maritime SAR, including the coordination, control and conduct of SAR operations in addition to prevention ...

Dialogue, Cooperation and Trust

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth. As the Babe so succinctly pointed out, there can be little or no success without cooperation. This not-so-startling revelation can of course be applied to any industry, including the fishery. Another pearl of wisdom on cooperation comes from a man many might consider the Babe Ruth ...