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Creating Lobster Habitats in Placentia Bay, N.L.

Above: Diver conducting work on reef ball artificial reef. Contributed photos   Artificial reefs, manmade structures used by marine life to provide similar ecosystem services as natural reefs, have been deployed in Newfoundland waters to restore populations of local species, including lobsters. According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) 2021 Science Advisory Report, lobster landings in NAFO Area 3Ps in 2019 were 64 tonnes, a decrease of 86 per cent since 1992. This ...

SWNS Lobster Fishery in Winter Crawl Mode

Above: The Zena Marie steams by as crates of lobster are being offloaded from the fishing vessel Big Jim at the Falls Point wharf in Woods Harbour. Kathy Johnson photos   Another North Atlantic winter has set in and the water temperatures have dropped, as have the catches in the southwest Nova Scotia lobster fishery going into February. “The last week or so it’s come in cold. The catches have dropped down quite a bit in the last week,” said Lockeport lobster buyer Mike ...

New DFO Minister Committed to Supporting the Ocean-Based Economy in Atlantic Canada

From investing more in science, refining stock rebuilding plans, to capitalizing on opportunities for innovation, Canada’s newest Minister of Fisheries and the Canadian Coast Guard Joyce Murray says she is “really committed to supporting the ocean-based economy in Atlantic Canada because it is so critical to so many communities.” The Vancouver area Member of Parliament was appointed the federal fisheries minister after last fall’s federal election. In an interview with The Navigator, ...

77 Years a Fisherman

Alcide Arsenault Inducted into P.E.I. Acadian Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame   From the days when boats were towed ashore by teams of horses, to the present, there’s not many harbours in Prince Edward Island that 91-year-old Cap Egmont fisherman Alcide Arsenault hasn’t sailed into during his 77-year career in the fishery. Arsenault is being inducted into the P.E.I. Acadian and Francophone Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame on March 12, the most prestigious recognition that the Acadian ...

More than 100 N.L. Fishing Vessels to be Equipped with AEDs

Trained Crews Ready to Act in a Cardiac Emergency at Sea   The crews of 105 fishing vessels in Newfoundland and Labrador will be safer at sea now that each vessel will have an automated external defibrillator (AED). The funding was provided by the Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) and the Heart & Stroke’s collaboration with the Newfoundland and Labrador Fish Harvesting Safety Association (NL-FHSA) the Fish Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW/UNIFOR), the ...

Lobster Demand Strong Going into 2022

While demand for all lobster products going into 2022 remains strong, the export sector will be facing access challenges this year in all major markets. Changes to European Union (EU) health certificates due to new animal welfare laws, new decrees in China that are changing labelling and company registration and concern around North Atlantic right whale interactions with the United States are market access challenges the export sector is facing, says Geoff Irvine, executive director of the ...

Lobster Season Off and Running in SW Nova Scotia

Above: Lobster fishing boats leave the Falls Point wharf in Woods Harbour loaded with gear on Dec. 1 marking the start of the LFA 34 fishery. Kathy Johnson photo   Strong winds and record-setting shore prices prevailed during the opening month of the commercial lobster fishery in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34. The season opening was delayed by two days until Dec. 1 due to high winds. A record-setting opening shore price of $10/pound increased to the $11 range prior to ...

3Ps Cod Stock to Remain in Critical Zone Until 2024

A year ago, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced that cod stocks off the southern coast of Newfoundland, in NAFO area 3Ps, were in bad shape and in the critical zone (38 per cent of the limit reference point (LRP) of 27–53 per cent) Jump ahead a year and unfortunately, nothing much has changed. In DFO’s November 19th 3Ps assessment, cod biologist Karen Dwyer confirmed what many had already speculated, that the cod population in the region has not demonstrated much ...

Unit 1 Redfish Access and Allocation Decisions Expected in 2022

Who’s going to get how much of the anticipated Unit 1 redfish bonanza in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is expected to be announced in early 2022 by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). “The Department launched formal consultations with stakeholders on September 15 and 16 to help determine access and allocation for the potential fishery. Meeting participants were provided with a questionnaire that is to be submitted to the department by November 29, 2021. To supplement the questionnaire, the ...