Mainly Status Quo for Georges Groundfish TAC in 2020
Concerns Raised Over State of N.L. South Coast 3Ps Cod Stock
With the exception of a slight increase of 42 metric tonnes for yellowtail flounder, it’s status quo for groundfish quotas on Georges Bank (5Z) in 2020.
The combined Canada/U.S. total allowable catch (TAC) for Atlantic cod in 2020 remains at 650 metric tonnes (mt). The haddock TAC has been maintained at 30,000 mt, while the yellowtail flounder TAC increases from 140 mt to 162 mt.
The TACs are as recommended by the Transboun...
FISH-NL Finally Folds After Failing to Sign Up 4,000 Harvesters
The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is officially no more.
The upstart labour organization finally folded on Dec. 3.
In early November, FISH-NL said it was still far short of getting 4,000 inshore fishermen to sign union cards and the future was not looking good.
FISH-NL needed at least 4,000 signed cards (representing 40 per cent of the 10,000 inshore harvesters the FFAW-Unifor claimed existed) to trigger a vote for them to choose which ...
New Technology on Display at Ropeless Consortium
Industry advances were on display at the Ropeless Consortium meeting at the University of Southern Maine in Portland last fall.
Presentations on available ropeless fishing products, prototypes in development, testing results from the past year, as well as discussion of progress overcoming regulatory challenges, fisheries outreach, establishing experimental fisheries and funding opportunities and challenges were on the agenda.
“There have been some advances,” said Colin Sproul, ...
‘It was quite a life’
94-year-old Alva McDormand Recounts Her Many Adventures in the Fishing Boat
For 94 years, Westport Briar Island has been home for Alva McDormand.
Born and raised in a family of seven on the tiny island at the end of Digby Neck, she married her sweetheart Charlie at 17. The couple built a house next to where Charlie grew up in the community, where they raised three children, where fishing was the way of life and where Alva still resides.
In the summers, Alva would go fishing with Charlie, ...
The Twine Loft – December 2019
Passed On: Russell O’Connell – Upper Clyde, N.S. fish plant worker
O’Connell, 81, passed away on October 24. He was born in East Baccaro, August 5, 1938, to parents, Russell and Bertha (Smith) O’Connell. He was a hard worker and provided for his family with all his power. Russell worked many years as foreman at Cape Anne Seafood in Port La Tour and many other plants all over the county as long as his health would allow.
Passed On: Thomas Corrigan – Trepassey, N.L. lightkeepe...
On the Waterfront – December 2019
Marine Industry to be Showcased at Moncton Trade Show
Atlantic Canada’s all-encompassing commercial marine event, Fish Canada Workboat Canada, is charting its course for Moncton this January 24 and 25.
For those who make their living on, in and around the water, along with businesses who provide the related products and services to keep Atlantic Canada’s marine industries running, the event takes over the Moncton Coliseum Complex as Canada’s largest commercial marine trade show. The ...
New Study Outlines Good News for Future SW Nova Lobster Habitat
Above: Lonnie Snow photo
Overall projected changes in offshore lobster habitat for the region, as a whole, appear to be positive.
However, changes in resource management need to be considered to promote the long-term sustainability of the fishery in Nova Scotia, according to the findings of a new study published this fall in Frontiers in Marine Science.
The study was a collaboration between researchers at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Bedford Institute of Oceanography ...
Record-Setting Opening Price in LFA 35
Record-setting shore prices this fall in lobster fishing area (LFA) 35 had fishermen in LFA 33 and 34 optimistic for a strong price when their season opened in late November.
“Everybody is puckered up for a pretty good price,” said Bernie Berry, president of the Coldwater Lobster Association.
In LFA 35, the season opened with a $9/pound shore price, with some buyers paying as much as $10 several weeks into the season.
“It’s the biggest price we’ve ever started out at,” said ...
Fallout Continues Over Salmon Die-Off on N.L.’s South Coast
The Newfoundland and Labrador aquaculture industry is still reeling following a massive die-off of 2.6-million farmed salmon on the province’s south coast.
In late September, news broke of an extensive Atlantic salmon die mortality at several Northern Harvest Sea Farms facilities. The company, which is owned by international aquaculture giant Mowi, said the salmon pens were exposed to high water temperatures over an 11-to-13-day period, causing low oxygen conditions that resulted in fish ...