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2021 N.L. Snow Crab Season Begins on a High Note

After a somewhat dismal, COVID-19 impacted 2020 snow crab season, Newfoundland and Labrador harvesters have several reasons to feel good about their prospects in 2021. The first bit of good news for N.L. crab fishermen came on March 29 when the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) released the management plan for the 2021 snow crab fishery, which included a significant increase of 29 per cent in overall quotas. The second positive news of note came on March 31 when the N.L. Standing ...

DFO Backs Off on Call for 3Ps Moratorium

Assessment Shows Northern Cod Stock Continues to Hold its Own   On any given year, the iconic Northern cod stock normally garners most of the attention when assessment time rolls around each spring. But this year, all of the talk surrounded the 3Ps cod stock off Newfoundland’s south coast. Earlier this year, in January, at the Groundfish Advisory Council meeting, the stakeholders involved in the 3Ps fishery seemed to have a consensus that for the 2021–2022 season, there would ...

Overall Northern Shrimp Stock Showing Signs of Life

The Northern shrimp stock off Newfoundland’s northeast coast appears to be holding its own, including the all-important shrimp fishing area (SFA) 6. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) held a technical briefing recently regarding the 2021 Northern shrimp stock assessment and reported that the SFA 6 spawning stock and fishable biomasses increased slightly between 2019–20. SFA 6 is where the majority of the inshore N.L. shrimp fishery takes place. DFO said that SFA 6 remains ...

Moderate Livelihood Fishery Concerns Continue

All eyes are on the federal government going into the end of the commercial lobster season in southwestern Nova Scotia this year, to see if Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan is good on her word. In a statement issued by Jordan on March 3, “effective this season, we will introduce a new path for First Nations to fish in pursuit of a moderate livelihood, one that addresses much of the feedback we’ve heard over the past year. It’s a path that is flexible, adaptable and based on three ...

Latest N.L. Snow Crab Assessment Showing Positive Signs

Some industry observers often refer to fishermen as eternal optimists. While others might debate that label, there was certainly quite a bit of optimism being expressed over the winter by Newfoundland snow crab fishermen regarding the upcoming 2021 season, particularly in NAFO fishing areas 3L and 3Ps. And for now, it appears that optimism might have been justified. For the fourth year in a row, scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) presented a somewhat bright, yet ...

Shore Price Hits $13/Pound in LFAs 33, 34

Above: Lobster pots fill the deck of a fishing vessel at the Clark’s Harbour wharf, with lobster cars in the middle of the harbour providing a platform for more traps and lobster ‘hotels.’ Kathy Johnson photo   Lobster fishermen in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34 were fetching $13/pound for their catch in late February. “We are nearing a record price for the product right now,” said Bernie Berry, president of the Coldwater Lobster Association. “There’s not ...

UFCA Seeking Intervenor Status in Moderate Livelihood Fishery Court Case

The Unified Fisheries Conservation Alliance (UFCA), an alliance of commercial fishery stakeholders, intends to seek intervenor status in Sipekne’katik First Nation’s case against the Government of Nova Scotia challenging the regulatory regime governing the purchase and sale of fish and fish products. In a press release, the UFCA said its members are directly affected by the relief sought by Sipekne’katik First Nation and will be seeking intervenor status to ensure the perspectives of ...

Application Process Open for Relinquishing 4RST Groundfish Licenses

The Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA) is once again offering Island fishermen a financial incentive to relinquish their 4RST fixed gear groundfish licence. The PEIFA 4RST Fixed Gear Groundfish Rationalization Program “was the vision of the late Tony Carter who sat on both the PEIFA Groundfish Advisory Board as well as our PEIFA Board of Directors,” said Jennifer Dewland administration and funding coordinator for the PEIFA via email. “Tony always looked at the ...

New Website Promoting Canadian Seafood

Canada is world-renowned for producing some of the most exceptional seafood in the world. The taste and quality of Canadian seafood is unlike anywhere else in the world. That is why Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, have launched a new website, Seafood from Canada, to promote the region’s seafood to international export markets. The new website is www.SeafoodfromCanada.ca “Canadian seafood harvesters, farmers and processors work tirelessly ...

AFF Project a Game Changer for N.S. Seafood Industry

Above: Lonnie Snow photo   Almost $14.5 million in funding under the Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF) allocated to the Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance to support equipment and innovation activities for members “is a very beneficial game changer for the seafood industry,” says executive director Leo Muise. The project is one of 11 projects in Nova Scotia that have received  a total of more than $44 million in AFF funding for projects that are concentrated on the adoption of new ...