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Fundian Channel-Browns Bank MPA Committee Starts Work

Above: The Deep Discoverer Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) explores the Fundian Channel. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Deep Connections 2019   An advisory committee tasked with looking into the potential designation of the Fundian Channel-Browns Bank Area of Interest (AOI) as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) under the Oceans Act has begun meeting. The Fundian Channel-Browns Bank was identified as an AOI for an MPA in 2018 because of its ...

Price Setting Panel Sides with ASP on Summer Shrimp

Newfoundland and Labrador harvesters will now receive a small increase for their shrimp landings, but not the bump their union was seeking. Earlier this spring, the Newfoundland and Labrador Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel announced that fishermen would be receiving $1/pound this year for their shrimp. The Fish Food and Allied Workers' union (FFAW) had proposed a price of $1.50/pound to the Panel, but instead it chose the price offered by the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP). As a ...

On the Waterfront – August 2021

Atlantic Provinces Sign New Aquaculture MOU The four Atlantic provinces recently signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the ongoing development and management of their industries, based on common principles. This extends the previous MOU signed in 2008. In a joint press release, the four principal governments said that aquaculture is an important economic driver for rural, coastal and Indigenous communities and Atlantic Canada is well positioned to increase aquaculture ...

The Twine Loft – August 2021

Passed On: Alexander Feltham – Glovertown, N.L. fisherman Feltham, 73, tragically passed away on June 1 as a result of a boating accident on Rocky Pond near Gambo. He was born in Glovertown on April 14, 1948 to the late Millicent and Reuben Feltham. He worked as a teacher, with the Department of Forestry and then went on to become a fisherman. He continued fishing until he retired in 2016. Passed On: Guy Batstone – Jackson’s Cove, N.L. fisherman Batstone, 93, passed away on May ...

Organizers Hopeful Yarmouth Shark Scramble and Wedgeport Tuna Tournament will be a go

Final decisions on whether or not the Yarmouth Shark Scramble and Wedgeport Tuna Tournament will go ahead this year are going down to the COVID-19 wire. Initially, both events were planned to be a go this summer, but when Nova Scotia went into a month-long lockdown in May, with a phased re-opening starting in early June to help stop the spread of COVID-19, organizers hit the pause button. “We’re hoping to be able to have the tournament,” said Brandon Doucette president of the ...

3Ps Skate Fishery Small but Steady

Only about 13 inshore vessels pursue the thorny skate fishery in NAFO fishing division 3Ps each year. For other fleets in the groundfish fisheries, it’s a bycatch. “The skate fishery in 3Ps is pursued by both inshore mobile-gear and inshore fixed-gear licence holders,” said Robin Jahn, communications advisor for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. “The directed fishery typically opens to inshore mobile-gear licence holders in April and to inshore fixed-gear licence holders in May of ...

Fishermen Disappointed with 2021 Northern Shrimp TAC

The 2021 fishery in Northeastern Newfoundland’s shrimp fishing area 6 (SFA 6) — the only area where most harvesters have access — continues to frustrate harvesters. The FFAW-Unifor said its members are disappointed with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) 2021 decision on the total allowable catch (TAC) for Northern shrimp in SFA 6. “The Northern shrimp stock in SFA 6 has shown strong signs of growth in the past two years, with the stock growing by more than 40 per ...

Status Quo on Cod Prices and Recreational Fishery Rules

While the overall catch limit for the 2021 Northern cod (NAFO Divisions 2J3KL) stewardship fishery (12,999 tonnes) will be 649 tonnes more than last year, harvesters will not be getting a price increase for their catches. In its May 20 decision, the N.L. Standing Fish Price Setting Panel stated that the FFAW’s final price offer for the opening to July 31 was $0.98/pound for Grade A, $0.47/pound for Grade B and $0.20/pound for Grade C. For August 1 to the end of the season, the FFAW ...

Interest in Unit 1 Redfish Experimental Fishery Growing

Biomass at Highest Observed Level Since 1984 A total of 13 projects from Atlantic Canada and Quebec have been approved for the Unit 1 redfish 2021/22 experimental fishery. Last season (2020/21), only four vessels participated in the experimental fishery and seven in the index fishery for a total of 11 vessels. “The number of vessels that will be active in the 2021/22 experimental fishery for Unit 1 depends on whether the 13 successful project proponents for the experimental fishery ...

Îles-de-la-Madeleine Lobster, Crab Fisheries Most Impacted by Spring Gulf Whale Closures

As of May 27, there were approximately 39 temporary grids (7,448 km2) and 43 season-long grids (9,670 km2) closed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to protect the North Atlantic right whales. “These closures have had the most impact on the lobster and crab fisheries around the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. To help accommodate snow crab harvesters in crab fishing areas 12 E and 12 F, harvesters were able to finish their fishing season in area 12,” said Barre Campbell, media relations spokesperson for ...