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Contract Awarded for Bulk Oil Removal From Manolis L

The Department of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced today that a contract, valued at $15,106,400.00, has been awarded to Ardent Global LLC for the removal of bulk oil from the Manolis L shipwreck near Change Islands in Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Manolis L, which sank to a depth of more than 70 metres in 1985 off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, lay dormant until April 2013 when cracks in the hull, coupled with a powerful storm, allowed some ...

Seal Fishery Opening April 9

DFO advises Newfoundland and Labrador Seal harvesters that the seal fishery will re-open in Sealing Areas 4 to 23 and Sealing Areas 25 to 27 at 0600 hours on April 9. This fishery will open for Front Longliners, Areas 5 to 8 Small Boats and Speed Boats, all Area 4 vessels and for Gulf Longliners, Gulf Small Boats, Gulf Speed Boats as well as Personal Use.  This includes License Classes N100 to N106, N200 to N204, N300 to N302, and N400-N401. DFO further advises Seal harvesters having a ...

The Big Picture — Opportunities Exist, Perseverance Pays Off

A global perspective and proof that perseverance pays off were brought to the stage at the Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers Conference in Halifax on Feb. 22 by Steinar Engeset, President of Dartmouth-based Newfound Trading Ltd. and Dr. Øystein Lie, founder and chief scientific officer of GenoMar, Norway, the world’s leading tilapia breeding company. Engeset, who comes from a long line of Norwegian fishers, could be described as a founding father of the North Atlantic ...

New N.S. Live Lobster Certification Program Expected in Late Spring/Early Summer

The Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture has plans to roll out a new live lobster certification program this year that will up the industry’s game in the marketing world. An overview of the program and its development was presented at the Fisheries Minister’s Conference in Halifax on Feb. 22 by Stacey Frame, marine advisor for the department and Michelle Theriault, Director of the Universite Saintè-Anne Petit-de-Grat campus and coordinator of the Marine Research Centre....

Federal Government Unveils Plan for Protecting Right Whales

Last year, an unprecedented number of right whales died in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. To protect these whales from further harm, the Government of Canada put urgent measures in place, which included shutting down the snow crab fishery in the area to minimize gear entanglements, increasing surveillance, and implementing a slowdown on large vessels to avoid collisions. Today, Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, ...

MSC Certificate Suspended for Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Snow Crab Fishery

The MSC certificate for the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence (SGOSL) snow crab trap fishery in Canada has been suspended today by certifier SAI Global (SAIG). In an expedited audit the certifier concluded that based on new information including the Incident Report on 2017 right whale mortalities in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the fishery no longer meets the MSC Fishery Standard related to Endangered, Threatened and Protected species. As a result of the MSC certificate suspension, when the ...

DFO Reports Poor N.L. Salmon Returns

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is deeply concerned about the latest Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic salmon stock assessment. During a March 5 technical briefing, DFO reported that the 2017 assessment was the second year in a row with significant declines in returning salmon. In 2017, 80 per cent (or 12 of 15) of rivers monitored by DFO showed declines of more than 30 per cent in total returns compared to the previous five to six years. This placed those rivers in the critical ...

Captains Calling for More Enforcement in P.E.I.’s Fishing Industry

Fishermen from the western region of Prince Edward Island want to see more enforcement officers on the docks and out on the water. Captains from P.E.I.’s Prince County Fishermen’s Association (PCFA), most of whom fish lobster in Lobster Fishing Area 25, in the western part of the Northumberland Strait, recently issued a public call for more DFO officers to be stationed in their part of the province. They argue that their area is simply too big for the current number of officers to ...

Growing Concerns Over Proposed Scotian Shelf Petroleum Exploration

Approval is pending on two offshore petroleum projects on the Scotian Shelf off the coast of Nova Scotia. BP Canada Energy Group ULC (BP) wants to conduct a deep-water drilling exploration project in the Scotian Basin that could see as many as seven wells drilled in waters 230 to 370 kilometres off the southeast coast, along the Scotian Shelf between 2018 and 2022 (exploration licences 2431, 2432, 2433 and 2434). Statoil Canada Ltd. is seeking the approval of 3D seismic survey exploration ...

Some Positive News on N.L. Crab Stocks

After reporting years of shrinking snow crab stocks, scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are painting a not so bleak picture for the upcoming 2018 fishery off Newfoundland. DFO snow crab lead Dr. Darrell Mullowney said today the fishable biomass off Newfoundland (NAFO areas 2HJ3KLNOP4R) is still at a low level, but has shown some small signs of improvement and should be on par with 2016 stock numbers, bucking a trend that demonstrated declines each year. Snow crab ...