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Implementation of First Nations Treaty Rights to Fish in Pursuit of a Moderate Livelihood Continues

Over the 12–18 months, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has reached interim understandings with seven First Nations in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, implementing their treaty right to fish for lobster in pursuit of a moderate livelihood during established commercial fishing seasons. A landmark, five-year renewable Rights Reconciliation Agreement on Fisheries with the Listuguj Mi’gmaq community in Québec to advance reconciliation in the fisheries was also signed. In addition, ...

SmartNet Technology Under Development in Yarmouth

Full-scale trials are expected to begin this fall on a SmartNet trawl system that will utilize data collected by an uncrewed service vessel (USV) that could revolutionize conventional trawl fishing. “The goal is to give the fishermen a better tool to assist catching fish, that is more efficient and is also aligning with what DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) wants to do with environmental issues with gear that is sustainable and that can achieve those goals well,” said Marc ...

Atlantic Seal Science Task Team Report Well Received

Seals chowing down on lucrative, commercial fish species in Atlantic Canadian continues to be one of the biggest worries and complaints harvesters in the region have — but argue that their concerns are falling on deaf ears. However, is that finally about to change? In May, Federal Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray, released the report from the Atlantic Seal Science Task Team (ASSTT). The Task Team was established in March 2020 to gather input on science activities and programs related ...

Labrador Shrimp Company Donates EPIRBS to Area Harvesters

A total of 70 emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBS) were recently made available to commercial fishing enterprises in southern Labrador between L’Anse au Clair and Cartwright. The donation was made possible through a living memorial to two young harvesters who lost their lives while fishing on the Island Lady on September 17, 2021. Marc Russell, aged 25 from Mary’s Harbour and Joey Jenkins, aged 30 from Lodge Bay, failed to return home to their community and were never ...

Status Quo for Atlantic Halibut TAC

While the total allowable catch (TAC) remains unchanged for Atlantic halibut in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (NAFO area 4RST) for the 2022/23 season, the TAC for Greenland halibut has increased by 19 per cent. A TAC of 2,400 tonnes has been established for 4RST Greenland halibut, up from 2,025 tonnes for a one-year period starting May 15, while the Atlantic halibut TAC has been set at 1,716 tonnes. The increase in Greenland halibut quota “is consistent with the precautionary approach ...

Product Pricing Creating N.L. Industry Friction

Disputes and disagreements over prices are nothing new in the Newfoundland and Labrador fishing industry — in fact, some would call them the norm. However, a few months ago, this year had the promise of being a little different, as N.L. harvesters were anticipating record or near record price for snow crab and maybe even Northern shrimp. But things are not quite going as planned. Earlier this year, in N.L., where the crab price is chosen through a collective bargaining process by the ...

Lobster Markets Negatively Impacted by COVID-19, Inflation and World Unrest

Above: The K.D. and 4J’s idles into the Clark’s Harbour wharf with a load of lobster traps, as the LFA 34 fishery winds down for another season. Kathy Johnson photo     COVID-19 continues to impact both the live and frozen lobster markets for Canadian exporters. “The live and frozen lobster market has adjusted in 2022 after record exports in 2021,” says Geoff Irvine, executive director of the Lobster Council of Canada (LCC). “For the frozen lobster meat and ...

Challenging Lobster Season Wraps up in SWNS

Above: Lobster traps are offloaded from the Lady Joan at the Clark’s Harbour wharf on Cape Sable Island as the LFA 34 fishery winds down for another season. Kathy Johnson photos     Another lobster season is in the books for lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34. The six-month season closed on May 31 with a shore price of $10/pound. “As we reflect upon the fall, winter and spring lobster fishery in LFAs 33 and 34, it was in many respects challenging,” says Leo ...

Cooke Aquaculture Proceeding with Capital Investment Plans in Atlantic Canada

Cooke Aquaculture is moving ahead with multi-million-dollar capital investment plans in three of the four provinces in Atlantic Canada. In St. George, N.B., Cooke is doing a major salmon processing plant expansion to increase fresh and frozen value-added product output to serve retail markets, said Claire Ryan, director of public relations for Cooke. “Cooke is also constructing a large land-based freshwater hatchery at Johnson Lake in Pennfield, N.B., and engineering and permitting is ...

Memorial for Chief William Saulis Crew Being Erected in Delaps Cove, N.S.

Above photo: A picture of the memorial stone for the crew of the Chief William Saulis is Photoshopped into a photo of the location where it will be placed on a wilderness trail in Annapolis County overlooking the Bay of Fundy where the vessel went down. Contributed photo   A memorial for the six crew members of the scallop dragger Chief William Saulis will soon stand on a wilderness trail in Annapolis County, overlooking the Bay of Fundy where the vessel went down. The Chief ...