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Government Committee Releases Report on Climate Change Impacts to Lobster and Snow Crab

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans recently released a report related to its study of the migration of lobster and snow crab in Atlantic Canada and the impact of climate change on carapace size. The report entitled In Hot Water — Lobster and Snow Crab in Eastern Canada, included 10 recommendations, which focused on the need for more research (climate and economic impacts in particular), as well as the need to collaborate with harvesters (i.e. to advance ...

Wooden Boat Museum Unveils New Exhibit

The Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador in Winterton recently unveiled a new exhibit, entitled Evolving Traditions: People, Place and Wooden Boats. The new exhibit is a representation of Newfoundland and Labrador’s diverse boatbuilding heritage and provides a window into the character of the people and the places they belong. The popular Trinity Bay museum underwent an interior makeover over the winter involving the installation of the new exhibit, as well, changes were ...

A Monster Exhibit: Model of Record Catch to be Unveiled at Yarmouth Shark Scramble

Above photo: Yarmouth Shark Scramble co-founder Bob Gavel poses with the record-setting short-fin mako shark when it was landed in 2004. A life-size replica of the mako will soon be on display on the Yarmouth waterfront at Rudder’s Wharf, home of the tournament. Contributed photo. A life-sized replica of the record-setting mako shark caught during the 2004 Yarmouth Shark Scramble will soon be on display at Rudder’s Wharf on the Yarmouth waterfront. “We just ordered it yesterda...

Lobster Council of Canada Marks 10 Years

Now in its 10th year of operation, the Lobster Council of Canada (LCC) “has evolved to be a self-funding lobster sector organization that represents the entire value chain from the wharf to the market,” says executive director Geoff Irvine. “Over the past decade we have taken significant steps to improve the way the lobster sector works together and raise the value of the lobster resource for all,” said Irvine, who has been at the helm as executive director since day one. Irvine ...

Northern Cod Stewardship Fishery Receives 30 Per Cent Increase

The soap opera that is the 2J3KL cod fishery continues. Last year, after several years of cautious growth, the commercial Northern cod catch limits were reduced by 25 per cent to under 10,000 tonnes by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). The reduction did not come as a real shock to anyone following DFO’s earlier 2018 announcement that 2J3KL cod had experienced a 29 per cent single-year decline in spawning stock biomass (SSB). Last year, the 29 per cent single-year decline ...

N.L. Inshore Northern Shrimp Quota Holding Its Own

After years of drastic cuts, this year’s much anticipated inshore Northern shrimp quota in fishing area 6 (SFA 6) was quietly announced without much fanfare and the news was actually positive. Not only did inshore fishermen hang on to their quota levels from 2018, but there was a slight bump. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced that the total allowable catch (TAC) in SFA 6 will be increased by 2.6 per cent to 8,960 tonnes to maintain a 10 per cent exploitat...

Patent Issued for N.L. Robotic Snow Crab Processing Unit

Above: CCFI managing director Bob Verge explaining the patented crab butchering technology. Work Continuing on Final Phase of System The first patent has been issued and more are pending for a Newfoundland and Labrador-designed robotic system for butchering snow crab. “The U.S. patent is the first one and we expect it to be patented in other jurisdictions,” said Robert Verge, managing director of the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI) in an interview. “We’re ...

Lobster Season Ends in Southwest Nova

Above: Lobster fishing balloons are loaded onto a truck at the Lower East Pubnico wharf at the end of the LFA 34 lobster season. Kathy Johnson photos It is officially a wrap for the 2018/19 commercial lobster fishery in southwestern Nova Scotia. The season closed in Lobster Fishing Areas (LFA) 33 and 34 on May 31. This is followed by the season end in Bay of Fundy LFAs 36, 37 and 38 on June 29. The LFA 35 fishery closes on July 31. “Overall it was a decent spring,” said Bernie ...

Could Asian Carp be an Alternative Bait Source for Lobster Fishermen?

The continued stock decline and ever-rising prices of traditional bait fish like herring and mackerel is becoming a bigger issue every year for Atlantic Canada lobstermen. Now, a Nova Scotia businessman is hoping a plan he put in motion two years ago to import Asian carp to use as bait in the lobster fishery will come to fruition this year. “We’re almost there I think,” said Patrick Swim, CEO of Canadian Atlantic Lobster Inc. in an interview. An invasive species from southern ...

FISH-NL Vows to Fight On

Labour Group Announces it Will be Proceeding with Second Certification Drive Later This Year Earlier this spring, it appeared the death knell was not far off for the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL). Ryan Cleary, President of FISH-NL, made a final plea that the upstart labour organization would be shuttered by the end of April and abandon a second attempt at certification unless inshore harvesters stepped up to the plate and paid their ...