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2020 Yarmouth Shark Scramble, Wedgeport Tuna Tournament Cancelled

Above photo: Employees at Brown’s Taxidermy in Florida pose with the life-size fibreglass replica of the Canadian record-setting, shortfin mako shark caught during the 2004 Yarmouth Shark Scramble. Contributed photo. Two signature southwestern Nova Scotia fishing events have been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Yarmouth Shark Scramble and the Wedgeport Tuna Festival and Tournament are both off the books for 2020. “It is with heavy hearts that we have made ...

No Changes in 2020 Northern Cod Fishery Catch Limits

At 2:33 p.m. on July 7, the FFAW-Unifor sent out a press release calling on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to release the 2020 management plan for the Northern cod stewardship fishery. Coincidence or not, later that afternoon, at 4:51 p.m., DFO responded with a press release of its own announcing the 2020, 2J3KL Northern cod stewardship fishery management approach. DFO stated that the 2020 stewardship fishery management approach will include measures to ensure catches do not ...

Construction of Air Cargo Logistics Park on Schedule at Halifax International

Above photo: The construction of a new $36-million Air Cargo Logistics Park at Halifax Stanfield International is on track for completion in spring 2021. Contributed photo The construction of a new $36-million Air Cargo Logistics Park at Halifax Stanfield International is on track for completion in spring 2021. Announced a year ago, “construction of the Air Cargo Logistics Park continues to move on schedule,” said Glen Boone, Director, Cargo and Real Estate Development via ...

Status Quo for Gulf Halibut Fishery

There will be no changes to the Atlantic halibut fishery in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (4RST) for the 2020/21 season, with the TAC set the same as last year at 1,492 tonnes for the one-year period from May 15, 2020 to May 14, 2021. Out of that, a 60-tonne allocation has been set aside under Section 10 of the Fisheries Act to support the industry/Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) longline survey and tagging project that covers the entire Gulf of St. Lawrence and its estuary from 20 ...

Redfish Biomass in Gulf Unprecedented

The biomass of the two redfish species combined accounted for 90 per cent of the total biomass of all captured organisms in the 2019 research survey conducted by federal fisheries scientists in the Estuary and northern Gulf of St. Lawrence. “This relative biomass of redfish is unprecedented and could have important ecological impacts on other species,” reads the latest DFO stock assessment on redfish species sebastes mentella and sebastes fasciatus. By comparison, the biomass of the ...

Lobster Exporters Cautiously Optimistic Markets Will Continue to Recover

Above photo by Kathy Johnson While lobster exporters have been facing some COVID-19 obstacles moving product into China this summer, not all the news is bad. “In general, markets have recovered faster than we expected and we are cautiously optimistic that this will continue through the summer,” said Geoff Irvine, executive director of the Lobster Council of Canada (LCC). Irvine said the European Union markets are “opening slowly with volumes increasing in live and processed ...

On the Waterfront – August 2020

N.L. Capelin Price Up 20 Per Cent In mid-June, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel sided with harvesters and increased the 2020 price of capelin by 20 per cent over 2019 prices. Fishermen will now receive $0.42/pound for Grade A capelin. Last year they received $0.35/pound. The FFAW, which negotiated on behalf of the harvesters, stated that over the past two years, capelin collective bargaining has increased prices by 68 per cent over 2018 levels. The ...

The Twine Loft – August 2020

Passed On: Isaac Kettle – St. Lawrence, N.L. fisherman Kettle, 33, passed away suddenly at sea on May 26. Passed On: William O’Brien – Bay Bulls, N.L. businessman O’Brien, 79, passed away on June 25 at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital. Born on January 21, 1941, he owned and operated a number of fish businesses in a career spanning six decades. As a businessman, he was fortunate to visit many places throughout the world bringing with him a passion for Newfoundland and Labrador and ...

The Twine Loft – July 2020

Passed On: Garfield Warren – Cook’s Harbour, N.L. fisherman Warren, 79, passed away on May 31. Born on March 19, 1941, he was a respected, hardworking inshore fisherman all of his life. Upon retiring from the fishery, along with spending time with family and friends, he loved growing vegetables in his garden. Always known for his quick wit and ability to tell a story, he will be missed by all those that had the pleasure of knowing him. Passed On: Eddie Norman – St. Lawrence, N.L. ...

On the Waterfront – July 2020

Another N.B. Lobster Plant Gutted by Fire A May 21 fire completely destroyed a large seafood processing plant in northeastern New Brunswick. The lobster processing plant, Les Pêcheries de Chez Nous was located in Val-Comeau, a small coastal community in the regional municipality of Tracadie. The blaze broke out shortly before 3 p.m. and took firefighters about three-and-a-half hours to get under control. “The plant is a total loss,” he said. He said the plant was in production ...