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Gulf Snow Crab Fishery Closed to Protect North Atlantic Right Whales

On July 20, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced the closure of Snow Crab Fishing Area 12 in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence. This decision was made in an effort to protect North Atlantic Right whales from risks posed by snow crab fishing gear in the area. As of July 20, 98 per cent of the total allowable catch for snow crab in Area 12 has already been harvested. “We understand the impact this could have on fishers. However, the recent whale mortalities in the area are unprec...

$5-Million Fund Provided for Ice-Related Compensation

Fish Plant Workers Not Included in Federal Emergency Assistance Plan After weeks of prevailing Northeasterly winds and constant pleas from fishermen unable to get their vessels out of port due to severe pack ice, the federal government finally came out with a financial assistance package on June 9. Under the Ice Assistance Emergency Program, a total of up to $5 million was allocated for payments for eligible applicants residing in Newfoundland and Labrador, and Quebec, who have been ...

N.S. Herring Fishery Patterns Changing

For the uninitiated, catching fish with all of the modern gear is a simple thing, with the creatures having little chance of surviving the onslaught. This might be the case in instances where migratory patterns are set, or as in the case of scallops, the prey is basically static on the ocean bottom. Climate change, especially the warming of ocean waters, is changing all that. Herring, an important food and bait fish in Atlantic Canada, used to disappear in the fall, with purse seiners ...

On the Waterfront – July 2017

Rebranded Seafood Association in Nova Scotia The Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance (NSSA) has succeeded the Nova Scotia Fish Packers Association, to advocate for and strengthen the voice of the province’s small and medium-sized onshore seafood companies. The Fish Packers Association represented processors for more than 40 years. The Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance will build on that legacy, and reflect the scope and diversity of modern onshore fisheries operations. The new organization was ...

The Twine Loft – July 2017

Passed On: Eugene Himmelman – Port l’Hebert, N.S. Fisherman Himmelman, 73, passed away on May 13, 2017, at Queens General Hospital, Liverpool. Born in Tufts Cove, he was a son of the late Stanley and Edith (Gardner) Himmelman. He was a lobster fisherman for the better part of 60 years, going to sea at the age of 11. Passed On: Paul George – Queensport, N.S. Fisherman George, 80, formerly of Lead Cove, Newfoundland and Toronto, Ontario, passed away May 11, 2017. Born in Upper ...

FISH-NL Advises Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc to Cancel 2017 Sentinel Cod Program

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) has written federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc recommending that he cancel the 2017 sentinel cod program.   The federal government first introduced sentinel or test fisheries for cod in the mid-1990s, the moratoria years, to keep a first-hand check of the health of stocks in the absence of commercial fisheries. It has never been adjusted to account for or to incorporate the impacts of ...

OCI Announces Investment in Fortune Plant

On June 22, Ocean Choice International announced a $1-million investment in its Fortune, Newfoundland processing facility. “With respect to our plans for the Fortune operation we are pleased to have the full support of the local FFAW the workers and the Town of Fortune as we secure the future of the plant in Fortune. We also appreciate the engagement of the Provincial government and the local MHA’s in working through a solution that provides a good future for the employees in Fortune and ...

Price of Shrimp Increased by 31.5 Per cent

The Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel sided with harvesters on June 21 when it agreed to a proposal from Newfoundland and Labrador shrimp fishermen to increase the minimum price to $1.25/pound, up from the original 2017 price of $.95/pound set in April. The bump amounts to a 31.5% increase and is the minimum price for all shrimp sizes landed this summer, which range from two grams and up. Processors, represented by the Association of Seafood Producers, had proposed a price of $1.04/pou...

FFAW Responds to Twillingate Shrimp Plant Closure

The Notre Dame shrimp processing plant in Twillingate informed workers June 21 that it will be permanently closed as a result of the declining resource. The plant employed close to 100 workers during peak processing season. “The shrimp plant was a pivotal piece in the economy of Twillingate, and its loss will surely be felt for years to come despite our booming tourism industry,” says Ray Hynes, FFAW-Unifor chair at the Twillingate plant. “We appreciate that the company met with the ...

N.L. Government and FFAW Form Delegation to Secure Federal Ice Compensation for Plant Workers

The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Fisheries and Land Resources and the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) have formed a delegation to secure viable federal compensation for fish plant workers affected by severe ice conditions. The delegation was scheduled to meet yesterday with Jean-Yves Duclos, federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, to discuss the inclusion of plant workers in federal emergency ice compensation. A meeting with the Newfoundl...