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Salmon Convictions Result in Significant Fines

Investigations conducted by officers with Fish and Wildlife Enforcement with the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources have resulted in recent convictions in Gander Provincial Court. On April 26, Shane Stokes of Paradise was convicted of illegally netting Atlantic salmon and possession of Atlantic salmon caught in contravention of the Fisheries Act. He was fined $1,000 for possession of fish caught in contravention and $2,500 for netting in inland waters. He was also prohibited for a ...

2017 2J3KL Northern Cod Fishery Management Plan Announced

DFO advised today that the Northern cod Stewardship/Bycatch fishery will open to fish harvesters based in NAFO Divisions 2J3KL at 0600 hours on Monday, June 12, 2017. This will apply to Vessel class 292. Licence conditions will be in effect for the initial period of June 12 to June 30, 2017. There will be no fishery in July. The fishery will resume August 1, 2017 and close on November 30, 2017. Licences and conditions will be available through DFO's National On-line Licencing System....

FFAW Renews Calls for Ice-Related Income Bridging

Severe ice conditions continue to affect people working in the fishing industry and harvesters and plant workers have been without income for several weeks, some for over two months, the Fish, Food and Allied Workers stated today in a press release. Over the past few weeks, FFAW leadership has met with the senior DFO officials, Premier Dwight Ball and fisheries minister Steve Crocker to emphasize the dire situation hundreds of families are experiencing. Repeated calls by the FFAW, provincial ...

Canada’s First Redfish Fishery Achieves MSC Certification

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC) today announced Canada’s first redfish fishery to meet the globally recognized MSC Fishery Standard. With this achievement, Acadian redfish (Sebastes fasciatus), also known as Atlantic redfish or ocean perch, caught in Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) Division 3LN, can now be sold as MSC certified by companies with MSC Chain of Custody certificates. Straddling Canadian and ...

Heavy Ice Causing Delays in N.L. Fisheries

FFAW Calling for Compensation and Extended Employment Insurance Pack ice is no stranger to Newfoundland and Labrador’s Northeast coast. However, a long, cold winter, combined with hurricane-force Northeasterly winds, have really made a mess of the spring crab and lobster fisheries. Many ports are choked with heavier-than-normal ice this spring, blocking many fishing vessels from even leaving the dock, let alone reaching the grounds. Fish, Food and Allied Worker (FFAW) Union President ...

On the Waterfront – June 2017

DFO Wins Controlling Agreement Legal Challenge In a May 5 ruling, Federal Court Justice Cecily Strickland has upheld the Department of Fisheries and Ocean’s (DFO) policy on controlling agreements between fishermen and corporations. DFO has always maintained that individual fishermen, not corporations, are allowed to hold and control inshore licences. However, this rule was challenged in federal court recently by of Cartwright, Labrador fisherman Kirby Elson. Elson was appealing a ...

The Twine Loft – June 2017

Passed On: Eddie Gaudet – Grosses Coques, N.S. Fisherman Gaudet, 61, passed away April 15 at the Victoria General Hospital, Halifax, following complications of a major surgery. He was a son of the late Maria (Theriault) Gaudet and was a fisherman for 46 years. Passed On: Herbert Foote – Lockeport, N.S. Fisherman Foote, 78, Lockeport, passed away peacefully April 7 at the Queens General Hospital. Born in Lockeport, he was a son of the late George Walter and Aletha Marjorie (Blades) ...

Mackerel Saves the Day for Icelanders

Iceland, like most of North America, suffered greatly due to the 2008 mortgage fiasco, perpetuated by money lenders without a care for the ability of a borrower to pay. Here the motto was “we’re too big to fail” so our tax dollars bailed the miscreants out. Not so in Iceland. No public bailouts, but jail time instead. That’s right, many of the guilty are still in the slammer. While it was tough to lose one’s home — and many did — the Icelanders soldiered on. And then a ...

Annual Northern Cod Stock Assessments to Begin in 2017-18

Longer Groundfish Fishery Proposed for This Year With snow crab and Northern shrimp quotas in decline, more and more attention is being given to the return of groundfish, particularly cod. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) recently announced that in keeping with recent recommendations of both the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans and the 2+3KLNO Groundfish Advisory Committee, DFO (Newfoundland and Labrador Region) will commence full stock assessments beginning in ...

Status Quo for 2017 N.L. Recreational Groundfish Fishery

Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, announced today that there will be no changes to the regulations governing the recreational groundfish (cod) fishing season for Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec's Lower North Shore. In 2016, the fishing season was extended by 14 days to allow a total of 46 fishing days. These measures will remain in place for the 2017 season. McDonald also announced the Department of Fisheries and Oceans' (DFO) decision not to implement a licence and tags ...