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Experimental Redfish Fishery ‘Too Much, Too Soon’

Concerns are being expressed that an experimental 2,500-tonne redfish fishery underway in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is “too much, too soon” for the Unit 1 stock that is showing positive growth. “This hurts all the Maritime provinces,” said Jan Voutier, finfish manager at Louisbourg Seafoods in Nova Scotia, one of the biggest buyers and producers of redfish from the Gulf. “This is being driven by non-participants in the industry that had none or very little participation in the ...

Possibility for a Busy 2019 Ice Season

Navigating the ice-filled water of Atlantic Canada is no easy task. However, keeping the shipping lanes open to commercial and fishing traffic is not exactly a walk in the park either. One of the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) primary roles in this region is icebreaking. The CCG recently provided its annual technical briefing outlining the upcoming ice season. Brad Durnford, superintendent of ice operations for the Atlantic Region, said it is possible the 2019 ice season could be a ...

Millions in Funding Announced at CCFAM Meeting

Government funding appeared to be flowing freely at the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers (CCFAM) meeting in St. John’s in early December. Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Jonathan Wilkinson and Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources for Newfoundland and Labrador, the Honourable Gerry Byrne, co-chaired the meeting attended by their counterparts and representatives from all provinces and territories. The ministers said they renewed their ...

2018 Newfoundland and Labrador Inductees

Cecil Pitcher Mariner Cecil Pitcher was born in 1931, in the small, isolated town of St. Jones Without, Trinity Bay. When he became old enough, he started fishing with his father, two brothers and his uncle. They fished cod from a trapskiff using cod traps and long lines. The family moved from St. Jones Without to Heart’s Content in 1952. They continued the cod fishery there using their trapskiffs until 1971, when they purchased a larger and more modern 45-foot longliner, the Henry and ...

Dire Predictions for 2019 N.L. Snow Crab Fishery

Above: David Greening Photo In a fishery that has been shrinking significantly over the last few years, the outlook for Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab might be worse than many were anticipating. Scientists with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently informed harvesters that the province’s valuable crab stocks are not in good shape at all. In fact, DFO is warning that 80 per cent of the snow crab in the waters off the province’s shores are now smaller than ...

Senate Report Calls for Sweeping Changes to Coast Guard

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) should be made a separate statutory agency, reporting to the Minister of Transport. This was one of the major recommendations in a report by the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, entitled When Every Minute Counts. The Committee undertook its study on maritime search and rescue (SAR) because gaps had been identified over the past decade regarding coverage, capacity, prevention and governance. Canada’s maritime search and rescue workers ...

Opposition Mounting to Proposed N.S. Seismic Programs

The wheels have been set in motion for a proposed 10-year seismic project that covers basically the entire Scotian Shelf and the Scotian Slope. The plan involves an area extending from approximately 40 km from the southern coastline of Nova Scotia to 350 km offshore. The draft project description was filed with the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NSOPB) by Multiklient Invest AS (MKI), Oslo, Norway and TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA (TGS), Houston, Texas, as the first ...

Uncertain Outlook for 3Ps Cod Stock

  FFAW Demands All Dragging be Halted in the Area Above: DFO research scientist, Karen Dwyer presents a technical session outlining the level of the groundfish stock off Newfoundland’s south coast. After several years of cautious optimism, the overall fate of Newfoundland and Labrador’s beleaguered groundfish stocks remain uncertain. Earlier this year, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced that the 2018 2J3KL stewardship fishery management approach ...

MPAs Continue to be Works in Progress

Without a doubt, marine protected areas (MPAs) will be a hot topic in 2019. The clock is ticking down to the 2020 deadline and commitment by the Canadian government to protecting 10 per cent of marine and coastal areas in the country as a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity. In the waters off Nova Scotia, two Areas of Interest (AOI) for marine protected area (MPA) designation under the Oceans Act have been proposed; the Fundian Channel-Browns Bank in the offshore and the ...

Market Outlook Positive for Southwest N.S. Lobster Fishery

Above: Seafood.com founder John Sackton gives an overview of market conditions, outlooks and trade issues during the SWNS Lobster Forum in Yarmouth on Sept. 19. Kathy Johnson photo There are positive indications for favourable lobster market conditions as fishermen in Southwestern Nova Scotia get ready to set their traps at the end of November. Healthy export markets, a strong U.S. economy, stable exchange rates and at least an average demand from processors are on the horizon for ...