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Harvesting Plan Announced for Northern Cod Fishery

2020 Grade ‘A’ Price Down $0.10/Pound While the overall catch limit for the 2020 Northern cod stewardship fishery (12,350 tonnes) will be staying the same as last year, harvesters will not be getting the same price as they did in 2019. In its recent decision, the Newfoundland and Labrador Standing Fish Price Setting Panel selected the position of the Association of Seafood Processors (ASP), meaning that the 2020 late summer/fall price will be $0.80/pound for grade ‘A’ cod and the ...

2020 Northern Shrimp Price Takes a Further Reduction

Price Panel Reconsideration Leads to an 8.5 Per Cent Hit The soap opera that is the 2020 Newfoundland and Labrador Northern shrimp fishery continues to be played out on wharves and fish plants across the province. On July 2, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Standing Fish Price Setting Panel accepted the Fish Food and Allied Workers’ (FFAW-Unifor) price recommendation of $1.18/pound for Northern shrimp landed at the plant and $1.15/pound for trucked shrimp. Despite siding with the union, ...

Ghost Gear Fund Supporting 11 Projects in Atlantic Canada

From manufacturing plastic lumber out of discarded fishing rope and nets, to retrieving lost gear from the fishing grounds, 11 projects are currently underway in Atlantic Canada to combat ocean pollution. Two Nova Scotia businesses have received grants as part of the second phase of the domestic plastics challenges under the Innovative Solutions Canada program. Ashored Innovations Inc. will receive $702,000 to design and build a low-cost, commercially viable and acoustically activated ...

The Green Crab Battle Continues

Research Underway for Use in Making Biodegradable Plastic From Shells   While the European green crab continues to top the invasive species most unwanted list, it could turn out to be useful on several fronts. Research is underway into the development of biodegradable plastic from the shell waste of crustaceans, including the invasive European green crab. Parks Canada has partnered with Dr. Audrey Moores, a McGill University chemistry professor, on the project. The partnership ...

Redfish Biomass in Gulf Unprecedented

The biomass of the two redfish species combined accounted for 90 per cent of the total biomass of all captured organisms in the 2019 research survey conducted by federal fisheries scientists in the Estuary and northern Gulf of St. Lawrence. “This relative biomass of redfish is unprecedented and could have important ecological impacts on other species,” reads the latest DFO stock assessment on redfish species sebastes mentella and sebastes fasciatus. By comparison, the biomass of the ...

Lobster Exporters Cautiously Optimistic Markets Will Continue to Recover

Above photo by Kathy Johnson While lobster exporters have been facing some COVID-19 obstacles moving product into China this summer, not all the news is bad. “In general, markets have recovered faster than we expected and we are cautiously optimistic that this will continue through the summer,” said Geoff Irvine, executive director of the Lobster Council of Canada (LCC). Irvine said the European Union markets are “opening slowly with volumes increasing in live and processed ...

On the Waterfront – August 2020

N.L. Capelin Price Up 20 Per Cent In mid-June, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel sided with harvesters and increased the 2020 price of capelin by 20 per cent over 2019 prices. Fishermen will now receive $0.42/pound for Grade A capelin. Last year they received $0.35/pound. The FFAW, which negotiated on behalf of the harvesters, stated that over the past two years, capelin collective bargaining has increased prices by 68 per cent over 2018 levels. The ...

The Twine Loft – August 2020

Passed On: Isaac Kettle – St. Lawrence, N.L. fisherman Kettle, 33, passed away suddenly at sea on May 26. Passed On: William O’Brien – Bay Bulls, N.L. businessman O’Brien, 79, passed away on June 25 at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital. Born on January 21, 1941, he owned and operated a number of fish businesses in a career spanning six decades. As a businessman, he was fortunate to visit many places throughout the world bringing with him a passion for Newfoundland and Labrador and ...

2020 Yarmouth Shark Scramble, Wedgeport Tuna Tournament Cancelled

Above photo: Employees at Brown’s Taxidermy in Florida pose with the life-size fibreglass replica of the Canadian record-setting, shortfin mako shark caught during the 2004 Yarmouth Shark Scramble. Contributed photo. Two signature southwestern Nova Scotia fishing events have been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Yarmouth Shark Scramble and the Wedgeport Tuna Festival and Tournament are both off the books for 2020. “It is with heavy hearts that we have made ...

No Changes in 2020 Northern Cod Fishery Catch Limits

At 2:33 p.m. on July 7, the FFAW-Unifor sent out a press release calling on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to release the 2020 management plan for the Northern cod stewardship fishery. Coincidence or not, later that afternoon, at 4:51 p.m., DFO responded with a press release of its own announcing the 2020, 2J3KL Northern cod stewardship fishery management approach. DFO stated that the 2020 stewardship fishery management approach will include measures to ensure catches do not ...