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Search and Rescue Lifeboat Station to be Based in Old Perlican

Above photo: Newfoundland M.P., Churence Rogers The federal government recently confirmed an earlier promise to build a new Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue Lifeboat Station at Old Perlican, N.L. to allow for better response to marine emergencies on the east coast of Newfoundland. The Bay de Verde Peninsula was selected based on identified gaps in the Coast Guard’s maritime search and rescue response capacity as well as an anticipated increase in vessel traffic in the ...

DFO Announces New Gulf Crab Fishing Regulations

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans recently announced new fishery management measures for gear configuration for the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence snow crab fishery that will reduce risks to endangered North Atlantic right whales and help ensure their survival. These new fishery measures take into account feedback that was shared at the Ministerial Roundtable on North Atlantic Right Whales hosted by DFO Minister Dominic LeBlanc in Moncton, New Brunswick on November 9, 2017. The ...

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 ...

Minister Announces Changes to the Fisheries Act

On February 6, Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced amendments to the Fisheries Act that would restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards to protect our fish and their habitat for generations to come. LeBlanc said the Government of Canada is putting in place better rules to protect the environment. “To preserve, protect and help restore our environment we need a Fisheries Act that Canadians can trust. Today, I am pleased ...

Northern Shrimp Biomass in SFA 6 Continues at Critical Level

It looks as though the Northern shrimp fishery off Newfoundland’s northeast coast will soon be receiving another quota cut. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans held a technical briefing today regarding the 2018 Northern Shrimp Stock Assessment and as was the trend over the last decade, 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 2017 biomass has declined to 87,300 tonnes ...

Minister Announces Changes to the Fisheries Act

Today, Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced amendments to the Fisheries Act that would restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards to protect our fish and their habitat for generations to come. LeBlanc said the Government of Canada is putting in place better rules to protect the environment. “To preserve, protect and help restore our environment we need a Fisheries Act that Canadians can trust. Today, I am pleased we are ...

On the Waterfront – February 2018

New Inshore Rescue Boat Station Boosts Arctic Maritime Search and Rescue Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, recently announced the creation of an Inshore Rescue Boat station in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut which will provide seasonal search and rescue capabilities in that region. Establishing this new station is a step towards building stronger working relationships with northern communities, and is an important indicator for how Coast Guard services will ...

Annual N.S. Minister’s Conference Focusing on “Wealth Through Quality”

Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell is back at the helm of an annual conference he initiated 20 years ago, as a forum to bring fishermen from throughout the province together and talking. This year, as many as 400 industry stakeholders are expected to attend the Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture’s 20th anniversary conference on February 22 and 23 at the Halifax Convention Centre. Started in 1998 by Colwell, the conference “was an initiative I started then ...

Waste Water Worries

P.E.I. and N.S. Fishermen Concerned with Proposed Plan to Pump Treated Effluent into Northumberland Strait Above photo: Northern Pulp in Pictou, N.S., is planning to replace the aging effluent treatment facility used by its mill. Its current plan involves pumping treated waste water into the Northumberland Strait, which has angered the fishing and tourism industry. Fishing organizations on both the N.S. and P.E.I. sides of the Strait fear the treated fresh water will harm larval shellfish and ...

DFO Announces New Protections for Whales

Today, Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced new fishery management measures for gear configuration for the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence snow crab fishery that will reduce risks to these whales and help ensure their survival. These new fishery measures take into account feedback that was shared at the Ministerial Roundtable on North Atlantic Right Whales hosted by Minister LeBlanc in Moncton, New Brunswick on November 9, 2017. The meeting ...