On the Waterfront – March 2015
MP Calls On Feds to do More For Small Craft Harbours
Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, says the Conservative government’s decision to reverse its decision on the number of cuts being made to the administration of Small Craft Harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador is welcome news, but it doesn’t go far enough.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced last fall that the number of areas and area managers was being reduced from four to two, along ...
Twine Loft – March 2015
Passed On: Chris Wilton — Fox Island River N.L. Skipper and Fisherman
Wilton, 31, died from injuries sustained last month as a result of an accident while snowmobiling on Fox Island River after he was thrown from his snowmobile when a ski hooked into some rough ice. His history in the fishery goes back more than 20 years when at age 10, he started fishing with skipper Andy Hickey out of Woody Point. At the start he would be picking out female capelin to make money for himself. As soon as he ...
Area Resident Concerned About Proposed Shelburne Basin Drilling
A major oil spill in the Shelburne Basin could be so disastrous for the residents of Shelburne County, Nova Scotia, that a NORIGS-type of committee is being suggested to act as an intervener before the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NSOPB).
John Davis made this proposal in an open letter to a local weekly newspaper addressed to the residents of the county a few days before Christmas.
Davis is no stranger to the area, having been a leading director of NORIGS, a fishplant ...
P.E.I. Lobster Industry Looking To Marketing Levy For Future
The Prince Edward Island lobster industry is trying to take fate into its own hands.
A plebiscite has been set for March 2015, in which members of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA) will decide whether to create a commodity board for the resource. It’s a first step towards their ultimate goal of collecting a one cent per-pound levy from the catch and using the proceeds to market their product.
It’s nothing less than a historic attempt by the industry to take a more active ...
Twine Loft – February 2015
Passed On: Mike Maynard — Northern Lights VP and Northeast Branch Manager
Maynard passed away, peacefully at his home on September 20, after a long battle with cancer. He was 62. Maynard had worked for Northern Lights since the 1980s, when he was hired to start up the company’s Northeast branch office. His colleagues say he worked ‘tirelessly’ to build the NL and Lugger brands in the Northeast, as well as working closely with several prestigious East Coast boatbuilders. A veteran of ...
FFAW President Outlines Union’s Key Priorities
The new president of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) is not wasting any time in outlining his priorities for the powerful Newfoundland and Labrador union.
Keith Sullivan spoke about his mandate during a recent interview with The Navigator.
While there are many issues currently facing the FFAW, fair access to adjacent resources is at the top of the list, the labour leader explained.
“Most people are aware of the difficulties we have facing us with the northern shrimp. If ...
Membership Drive Begins for Fledgling N.S. Lobster Association
Bernie Berry feels deeply about lobster fishing and he wears that feeling on his sleeve.
He started fishing when he was 19 and still skippers a lobster boat today although he sold his own rig a few years back.
Berry became concerned about LFA 34 fishermen not being at the table during important meetings concerning the industry’s future, after the LFA 34 Lobster Advisory Group, a fishermen-DFO partnership, sort of fizzled last summer.
“We weren’t at the table in Halifax during ...
Fishing Fatalities Continue to be Major Concern For TSB
The high number of accidents involving loss of life on fishing vessels remains one of the key priorities for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB).
Commercial fishing industry fatalities was one of eight significant safety issues identified by the TSB in its 2014 Watchlist — released in late November of last year.
According to the TSB Watchlist, an average of 134 fishing vessel accidents per year were reported between 2009 and 2013 in Canada, which together comprised 40 per ...
Steady Lobster Landings off SW Nova Scotia
Prices Currently in the $5/Pound Range
Reports indicate lobster landings in LFA 34 have not been as good as last year, but harvesters in LFA 33, 35, 36 and 38 are performing well.
The weather played havoc with days at sea, well into the new year. Prices also weren’t as high as anticipated considering the demise of the Canadian dollar — a good 10 cents from a year ago - and the burgeoning Asian market for lobsters.
The opening was delayed in LFA 34, which was probably a good thing ...
On the Waterfront – February 2015
Meetings Being Held on N.S. Lobster Levy
Members of the Nova Scotia lobster fishing industry are being invited to discuss a proposed two-cent per pound fee to help promote and market the industry.
Consultations, led by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, began Jan. 27.
These discussions are an opportunity for members of the lobster fishing industry to share their views on the proposed fee, talk about what the money could be used for and how the fund could be collected and admini...