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On the Waterfront – May 2019

Bayfield Fishing Accident Claims Two Lives The Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation in Nova Scotia is in mourning after an April 8 fishing accident that claimed two lives from the close-knit community. Ozzy Clair and Niko Clair, both in their late 20s, have been identified as the victims of the incident involving a capsized 16-foot fishing boat. Nova Scotia RCMP say that at approximately 3 p.m. on April 8, officers responded to a 911 call indicating that a boat had capsized near Bayfield, N.S. and ...

Fishermen Relieved as N.L. Snow Crab Quota Only Cut by Nine Per Cent

Positive News Continues as Gulf Fishery TAC Gets Major Boost and Prices Increase In the wake of protests and a public outcry over rumours of a possible 30 per cent quota reduction, or higher, the 2019 Newfoundland snow crab fishery only received a nine per cent overall cut after all. The total allowable catch (TAC) for Newfoundland and Labrador Region in 2019 was set at 26,894 tonnes, an overall quota level decrease of nine per cent from 2018 (29,390 tonnes). This included no change in 2HJ, ...

Positive News for Northern Cod

DFO Reports 2J3KL Spawning Stock Biomass Improves to 48 Per Cent of Limit Reference Point After a setback last year, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently reported that the iconic Northern cod stock off Newfoundland appears to be in better shape than initially thought. The good news is that the spawning biomass (SSB) for 2J3KL cod has returned to its level of two years ago, about 48 per cent of the critical level needed for a healthy fishery or 398,000 tonnes. In fact, ...

FISH-NL Needs Immediate Funds or Will Fold

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) will close by the end of April and abandon a second attempt at certification unless inshore harvesters step up to the plate and pay their dues. “I'll say it again, FISH-NL can do this with you, but we can't do it for you,” says Ryan Cleary, President of FISH-NL. “The FISH-NL executive is not prepared to lead a second membership drive that’s guaranteed to fail and it will fail without the support of ...

On the Waterfront – April 2019

Aerial Surveillance Contract Awarded to N.L. Company The federal government recently announced that it is awarding a five-year, $128 million contract to PAL Aerospace, an international aerospace and defence company based in St. John’s. This new contract will provide fisheries officers with longer range aircraft, expanding their range of operations and giving them enhanced tools to combat illegal fishing and increase Canada’s maritime security. The contract will also allow high-fishing ...

N.L. Snow Crab Stocks Appear to be Holding Their Own

FFAW Upset Over Precautionary Approach Framework Above: FFAW officials met with the media to discuss the 2019 snow crab assessment. After reporting years of diminishing snow crab stocks, scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are reporting a somewhat brighter picture for the second year in a row. At its 2019 annual snow crab technical meeting, DFO said the fishable biomass off Newfoundland (NAFO areas 2HJ3KLNOP4R) continues to be at a seriously low level, but has ...