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Prominent Cod Scientist Labels Stock Recovery as “Remarkable”: Dr. George Rose Retiring From CFER in September

The apparent return of cod stocks to the waters off Newfoundland, particularly the Northeast Coast, has been the talk of the Atlantic Canadian fishing industry for several years now. And the research of well-known cod scientist Dr. George Rose has been the catalyst for much of these discussions. In the November 2014 issue of The Navigator, Rose stated that the fishing industry needed to start preparing for a return to Northern cod — creating quite a stir from both harvesters and ...

P.E.I. Allocation Increase: Fishermen Will Land More Giant Bluefin Tuna This Year

Neil Perry might have a chance to land another bluefin tuna this year. The Tignish, Prince Edward Island, fisherman, captain of the Little Moses and operator of Island’s End Tuna Charters, is one of more than 300 commercial tuna license holders in the province who received some good news in late June. Their quota was confirmed to be going up by 30 tonnes, bringing it to a total of about 156 tonnes for the 2015 season. Prior to the increase, the quota was sufficient to allow each licence ...

N.B. Fishermen Seeing More Large Lobsters in Their Traps

Fishermen in Northeastern New Brunswick’s Lobster Fishing Area 23 were pleased with the extra bonuses they found in their traps at the end of the season. Over the last two weeks of fishing, fishermen were finding larger than usual market-size lobsters in their traps. Almost on a daily basis, boats were arriving back at wharves with lobsters that weighed anywhere from two-and-a-half to five pounds. The largest caught at MacEachern’s Wharf in Tabusintac was an impressive eight pounds....

A Nasty Labrador Sea – Part II

Last month we told you about Wade Earle and his fishing partner, Leslie Dumaresque, traveling to their fishing station in a place known as Green Bay, about 18 miles north of their home in Red Bay, Labrador. They left home on Monday morning, June 8, 1987 to spend the week in Green Bay fishing their salmon and lumpfish nets. The weather was fine but a menacing sea near shore in shallow water made things a little uncomfortable on Monday evening, but otherwise things went reasonably well on their ...

Placentia Bay Tragedy: Bodies of Three Crab Fishermen Recovered Near Bar Haven

Three Newfoundland snow crab fishermen died following an accident in western Placentia Bay, near Davis Cove, June 16. The men had been reported missing around 7 p.m. when they failed to return home after a fishing trip. Tuesday night was windy and cloudy, which made for extremely difficult flying conditions for the Cormorant helicopter dispatched from the Search and Rescue Centre in Gander to search for the fishermen. Maj. Rhonda Stevens, of the Search and Rescue Centre in Halifax, ...

Lobster Marketing Endeavour Stalls in Nova Scotia Due to Lack of Consensus

Geoff Irvine of the Lobster Council of Canada stated the obvious while being interviewed about the lobster industry in the Maritimes — a general agreement on marketing by the Nova Scotia industry won’t happen without the input of South West Nova. A marketing strategy, while going ahead in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, has stalled in Nova Scotia due to the most productive lobster sector in Canada not being part of initial discussions at a lobster summit in Feb. 2014. This has ...

Argument for the Halibut: Newfoundland and Labrador Furious, P.E.I. Pleased Over Quota Tonnages

What should have been a joyous occasion in the Atlantic Canada fishing industry has turned into a war of words being shouted across the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It started out innocently enough, with a 20 per cent increase in the total allowable catch of Atlantic halibut in the Gulf. The regional catch for the giant flatfish will go from 864 tonnes in 2014 to 1,036.8 tonnes for 2015 and 2016. However, the bone of contention here lies in how that increase has been allocated amongst Atlantic ...

Newfoundland Panel Accepts Processor’s Cod Price Proposal

Seafoodsnews.com is reporting the Newfoundland Standing Fish Price Setting Panel has released its decision on cod prices and this year it accepted the processor proposal. For the summer fishery from May 22 to August 9, prices will be $.68/pound for grade A, $.38/pound for grade B and $.20/pound for grade C. For the fall and winter fishery, after August 10, prices will be adjusted to $.75/pound, $.40/pound and $.20/pound respectively for quality. This represents a decline from the 2014 ...

Northern Cod Stocks Continue to Improve

For the past five years, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Marine Institute have been funding special cod surveys using the Celtic Explorer, a research vessel from Ireland. These surveys have documented the increasing populations of cod in the traditional spawning areas in the Bonavista Corridor, where the remnant population after the 1992 collapse was concentrated. According to Dr. George Rose, the rebuilding of the Northern Cod stock “parallels the North Sea cod story, ...

Federal Government Funds New St. John’s Coast Guard Headquarters

On May 20, the federal government announced the proposed location of the $40-million Atlantic region headquarters base to be built in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The new facility is designed for increased functionality in the modern workplace with the required codes and standards for occupational health and safety, and improved security. In support of government initiatives for green and energy efficient operations, tidal energy will be used to heat and cool the building. O...