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FFAW Critical of DFO’s Shrimp Plan

FFAW-Unifor announced today that it strongly objects to DFO’s decision to move forward with drafting an unachievable rebuilding plan for northern shrimp at a meeting in Montreal. The FFAW said in a release that it’s members are the largest stakeholder in the northern shrimp fishery and despite strong opposition from the union, DFO has failed to acknowledge the scientific flaws in their approach. FFAW-Unifor fully supports the need for a rebuilding plan for this crucial resource, however ...

Price Setting Panel Sides with Processors on Fall Shrimp Price

After siding with the FFAW’s proposal on the summer price of Northern shrimp, the Newfoundland and Labrador Standing Fish Price Setting Panel has accepted the processors’ price for the fall price. The Panel announced it has accepted the Association of Seafood Processor’s (ASP) proposal of $1.30 per pound for this fall. The FFAW had submitted a price of $1.36 per pound. Earlier this year, the Panel chose the FFAW price of $1.25 per pound. The ASP had proposed a summer price of ...

Marine Institute Receives Funding for Eelgrass Restoration

Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced today that the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador will receive $4.7 million over five years for a project to help restore eelgrass ecosystems in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. The Marine Institute is the first group in Newfoundland and Labrador to receive project funding through the Fund. The project will enhance the Placentia Bay ecosystem, benefitting fish and ...

New Licence to be Issued for Arctic Surf Clams in 2018

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has announced it is introducing a fourth licence for Arctic surf clams representing 25 per cent of the existing total allowable catch (TAC) for 2018. The new entrant to the Arctic surf clam fishery will be identified via an expression of interest. Interested parties wishing to participate in this fishery must send a written proposal, to be received by DFO by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) November 2, 2017. This licence will be issued to a new ...

On the Waterfront – September 2017

N.L. Fisheries Advisory Council Holds First Meeting Newfoundland and Labrador’s newly formed Fisheries Advisory Council held its first meeting August 3, beginning its work to maximize the value of available fish resources to the provincial economy through a collaborative stakeholder approach. The council will focus on both current and emerging strategic fisheries and aquaculture matters, including a new strategic action plan on cod revitalization that focuses on environmental sustainabi...

Deadline Extension: Public Consultation on Marine Recreational Fishing Licences for Eastern Canada

The Department has extended the deadline to participate in the consultation process on Marine Recreational Fishing Licences for Eastern Canada to September 18, 2017. On May 19, 2017, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced it would consider a new marine recreational licensing system in Eastern Canada. The Department is seeking views on a new marine recreational licence for Eastern Canada. The public and industry have a variety of methods via which they can provide comments to ...

The Twine Loft – September 2017

Passed On: Alain Meuse – Yarmouth, N.S. Fisheries Journalist and Navigator Contributor Meuse, 75, passed away peacefully on August 5, 2017, with family at his side. He was born in Amirault’s Hill and was a long-time resident of Yarmouth. He was the son of the late Lévi and Antoinette (LeBlanc) Muise. Meuse studied at Ryerson University in Toronto and spent over four decades as a Yarmouth area print journalist up to his retirement, writing for the Yarmouth Herald, Vanguard, Sou’Wester ...

Minister Commits to Uphold PIIFCAF

Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc’s recent commitment to “enshrine the owner-operator and fleet separation law,” has been receiving mainly positive feedback from the industry. LeBlanc spoke of the forthcoming amendments to the Fisheries Act during his keynote address at the July 25 annual Canadian Independent Fish Harvesters’ Federation (CIFHF) meeting held in Chester, N.S. “This would mean that the minister would be able to create regulation under law to prohibit a ...

Fishermen Pot Their Own Snow Crab Science

Veteran N.L. Fisherman Wayne Russell Says His Own Survey Shows Crab Stocks Healthy It’s an old story in Newfoundland and Labrador that fishermen and scientists do not often see eye-to-eye on what’s happening out on the water. As sure as a cold northerly wind sweeps along the coast in the fall, a wave of disputes over the actual state of fishing stocks will follow in the wake. The province’s snow crab fishery was dealt a drastic blow this year with huge quota cuts after Department ...

Contract Announced for Placentia Coast Guard Facility

The federal government has announced an investment of $5.2-million to build new and expand existing facilities for the Canadian Coast Guard and the Conservation and Protection branch of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) in Placentia. The contract has been awarded to CAN-AM Platforms & Construction Limited. The new Canadian Coast Guard building will house the Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) Centre and the Electronics and Informatics Technical Workshop, and will ...