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DFO Reports Northern Cod Stock Up Seven Per Cent

Scientists with the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are taking a cautious approach to the latest stock update of Northern cod of Newfoundland. DFO stock assessment biologist Karen Dwyer provided a technical briefing March 27 on the cod stock status in NAFO Divisions 2J3KL. She said, since 2012, the stock continues to increase, but is still in the lower half of the critical zone. From 2015 to 2016, the overall cod biomass increased by seven per cent and in keeping with the ...

FISH-NL Wants Reserve Shrimp Quota For Inshore Fleet

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is calling for an immediate halt to the fishing of northern shrimp by factory-freezer offshore trawlers in waters off Newfoundland’s northeast coast and southern Labrador until stocks rebound. In light of an expected dramatic cut to the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) of northern shrimp in the area known as Shrimp Fishing Area (SFA) 6, FISH-NL is requesting that the federal government reserve the limited quota ...

N.S. Pilot Project Could Aid Processing Worker Shortages

A pilot project between Ottawa and Nova Scotia could be a solution to the growing problem of a diminishing work force in the fishing industry. Fish plants and harvesters are finding it hard to find workers as the outflow of young people from the area to Ontario or the Prairie provinces continues and the former Harper government had severely curtailed the ability of the industry to bring in migrant workers to fill these positions. The problem is so acute that some processing plants could ...

Dire Predictions for N.L. Crab and Shrimp Stocks

Scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are painting bleak pictures for the upcoming 2017 snow crab and Northern shrimp seasons off Newfoundland. Many in the industry are anticipating cuts to the snow crab quotas and another big hit to the already beleaguered shrimp fishery. And if the DFO quota regulators take the advice of their science colleagues, both valuable fisheries are destined for cuts during the 2017 season. DFO snow crab lead Dr. Darrell Mullowney said the ...

On the Waterfront – April 2017

Ottawa Creates $325-Million Atlantic Fisheries Fund The federal government has announced an investment of $325 million to create an Atlantic Fisheries Fund aimed at benefiting the fishery in all four Atlantic Provinces. The Fund is aimed at stimulating innovation, with a focus on growing opportunities and increasing their value to meet market demands for sustainably sourced, high quality fish and seafood products. Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada said, in ...

Twine Loft – April 2017

Passed On: James McGrath – St. John’s, N.L. Former Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans McGrath, 85, passed away in hospital on February 28, 2017. Born January 11, 1932, he was a former politician and the eighth Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland, Canada. As a young man, McGrath was a member of the Responsible Government League which opposed Newfoundland joining Canadian Confederation. Nevertheless, upon the province’s joining confederation in 1949, McGrath left to enlist with the ...

Redfish FIP Established in Gulf

Industry participants, government and non-government partners today announced the launch of a Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) for Units 1 and 2 redfish in Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence and Laurentian Channel. Historically, redfish fisheries in Units 1 and 2 achieved combined annual catches of 100,000 tonnes. That ended in the early 1990s when this over-exploited stock complex entered an extended period of low productivity. But by 2020, new recruits that exploded onto the scene in ...

Labour Relations Board To Review FFAW Membership List

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) said it is pleased with the latest order of the province’s Labour Relations Board regarding the release of membership lists of commercial inshore harvesters. After hearing arguments on Friday morning, by late Friday afternoon the board ordered the Fish, Food and Allied workers union (FFAW) to turn over its list of commercial inshore harvesters who were members of the FFAW between Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 30, ...

Ottawa Creates $325-Million Atlantic Fisheries Fund

The federal government has announced an investment of $325 million to create an Atlantic Fisheries Fund, that is aimed at benefiting the fishery in all four Atlantic Provinces. The Fund is aimed at stimulating innovation, with a focus on growing opportunities and increasing their value to meet market demands for sustainably sourced, high quality fish and seafood products. Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada said, in this sector, which is integral to the region...

William Wells Named Chair of New Fisheries Advisory Council

The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Government announced today that William Wells has been appointed the independent chairperson of the new Fisheries Advisory Council, effective immediately. Wells appointment was made through the merit-based appointment process established by the Independent Appointments Commission Act. “Mr. Wells has extensive experience in the fishery dating back many years including leadership roles on the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel, Fishery Products ...