UPDATED: Northern Shrimp Biomass in SFA 6 at Critical Level
It looks as though the Northern shrimp fishery off Newfoundland’s northeast coast will soon be receiving another hit.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans held a technical briefing today regarding the 2017 Northern Shrimp Stock Assessment and the news was not good — particularly in the beleaguered Shrimp Fishing Area (SFA) 6.
DFO scientists announced that in the all-important SFA 6, the fishable biomass index declined from 785,000 tonnes in 2006 to 104,000 tonnes in 2016. There was ...
Nova Scotia-China Live Lobster Quality Project Announced
A new lobster quality initiative between Nova Scotia and Tmall-Alibaba, an online retail company in China, will set a premium quality standard for exported Nova Scotia lobster.
Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell announced Feb. 15, that Nova Scotia has signed a memorandum of understanding with the company, to help provide premium quality Nova Scotia lobster to growing online markets in China.
“Nova Scotia is known worldwide for its premium quality lobster and ...
PC Opposition Welcomes CETA, Demands Fisheries Fund
Keith Hutchings, Intergovernmental Affairs Critic for the Official Opposition, said, “We welcome news that both the European Parliament and the Canadian House of Commons have approved CETA, paving the way to remove more than 98 per cent of trade barriers between Canada and the European Union, but now we expect the Government of Canada to honour Justin Trudeau’s commitment to Newfoundland and Labrador that Ottawa will provide its share of the Fisheries Investment Fund that he promised ...
Public Advisory: Mariners Advised of Closure of Placentia Lift Bridge
Mariners are advised that the Placentia Lift Bridge will be closed to all marine traffic beginning Monday, February 13, for approximately three weeks.
The closure is necessary to facilitate maintenance of the bridge, ensure the safety of workers, pedestrians and motorists, and allow the work to be completed as quickly as possible.
Vehicle traffic will not be impacted.
The Department of Transportation and Works apologizes for any inconvenience the closure may cause. Updates will be ...
Fall Fisheries Convictions in Newfoundland and Labrador
Between October to December 2016, 31 individuals were convicted under the Fisheries Act following investigations by Fisheries and Oceans Canada fishery officers.
Fines totaling more than $23,000 were issued.
In the inland recreational salmon fishery, individual fines up to $1,000 were issued for offences such as illegally landing salmon for another license holder, failure to affix tags to salmon, improper tagging of salmon and failure to release foul-hooked salmon. Other penalties ...
Clearwater Increases Investment Arctic Surf Clam Fishery
Ian Smith, CEO of Clearwater Seafoods Inc. today announced more than $5 million in new investments in Clearwater's market-leading Arctic surf clam fishery.
The investments in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia and Grand Bank, Newfoundland will add new jobs, processing capacity and spur continued sustainable growth of the fishery.
“Today's investment is good news for local jobs, domestic seafood processing capacity and those looking for the very finest wild-caught surf clams from Atlantic Canada,” ...
Increase in Turbot TAC for Nunavut
The Nunavut Offshore Allocation Holders Association (NOAHA) has stated it is pleased with the recent announcement by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) of an increase in total allowable catch (TAC) for Greenland halibut (turbot) in NAFO Divisions 0A and 0B.
The Total Allowable Catch for Division 0A will increase from 8,000 tonnes to 8,575 tonnes and Nunavut will receive 100 per cent of the increase. The total allowable catch for NAFO Division 0B will increase from 7,000 tonnes to 7,575 ...
Belliveau to Introduce Legislation to Improve Regulations on Personal Floatation Devices
MLA for Queens-Shelburne Sterling Belliveau is preparing a Private Member’s Bill to strengthen Occupational Health and Safety regulations to mandate the workplace use of a personal flotation device (PFD) while “on deck on the water.” The bill coincides with concerns raised recently by the chairperson of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada about weak standards for PFD use.
“The fishery in Nova Scotia is a national leader in terms of its economic performance. We can also be a ...
FISH-NL Signs Up 2,372 Fishermen
Above photo: From left; Peter Leonard, Ryan Cleary and Jason Sullivan
FFAW States Number Far Below Total Needed to Trigger a Certification Vote
The future of the inshore fish harvesting labour movement in Newfoundland and Labrador is now in the hands of that province’s Labour Relations Board.
Since its inception in September of last year, the up-start Federation of Independent Seafood Harvesters or FISH-NL has been leading a boisterous campaign to break away from the established ...
Owner-Operator Policy Legal Challenge Withdrawn
A legal challenge to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans owner-operator policy could have set a legal precedent that would threaten the future of the independent inshore fishery, some in the industry believed.
The owner-operator policy was enacted to ensure that ownership of inshore fishing vessels remained in the hands of inshore fishermen, not corporate entities.
The case, which was scheduled to be heard Feb. 28, involved Kirby Elson, a Labrador snow crab fisherman and the federal ...