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Latest N.L. Snow Crab Assessment Showing Positive Signs

Some industry observers often refer to fishermen as eternal optimists. While others might debate that label, there was certainly quite a bit of optimism being expressed over the winter by Newfoundland snow crab fishermen regarding the upcoming 2021 season, particularly in NAFO fishing areas 3L and 3Ps. And for now, it appears that optimism might have been justified. For the fourth year in a row, scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) presented a somewhat bright, yet ...

Shore Price Hits $13/Pound in LFAs 33, 34

Above: Lobster pots fill the deck of a fishing vessel at the Clark’s Harbour wharf, with lobster cars in the middle of the harbour providing a platform for more traps and lobster ‘hotels.’ Kathy Johnson photo   Lobster fishermen in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34 were fetching $13/pound for their catch in late February. “We are nearing a record price for the product right now,” said Bernie Berry, president of the Coldwater Lobster Association. “There’s not ...

UFCA Seeking Intervenor Status in Moderate Livelihood Fishery Court Case

The Unified Fisheries Conservation Alliance (UFCA), an alliance of commercial fishery stakeholders, intends to seek intervenor status in Sipekne’katik First Nation’s case against the Government of Nova Scotia challenging the regulatory regime governing the purchase and sale of fish and fish products. In a press release, the UFCA said its members are directly affected by the relief sought by Sipekne’katik First Nation and will be seeking intervenor status to ensure the perspectives of ...

Application Process Open for Relinquishing 4RST Groundfish Licenses

The Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA) is once again offering Island fishermen a financial incentive to relinquish their 4RST fixed gear groundfish licence. The PEIFA 4RST Fixed Gear Groundfish Rationalization Program “was the vision of the late Tony Carter who sat on both the PEIFA Groundfish Advisory Board as well as our PEIFA Board of Directors,” said Jennifer Dewland administration and funding coordinator for the PEIFA via email. “Tony always looked at the ...

New Website Promoting Canadian Seafood

Canada is world-renowned for producing some of the most exceptional seafood in the world. The taste and quality of Canadian seafood is unlike anywhere else in the world. That is why Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, have launched a new website, Seafood from Canada, to promote the region’s seafood to international export markets. The new website is www.SeafoodfromCanada.ca “Canadian seafood harvesters, farmers and processors work tirelessly ...

AFF Project a Game Changer for N.S. Seafood Industry

Above: Lonnie Snow photo   Almost $14.5 million in funding under the Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF) allocated to the Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance to support equipment and innovation activities for members “is a very beneficial game changer for the seafood industry,” says executive director Leo Muise. The project is one of 11 projects in Nova Scotia that have received  a total of more than $44 million in AFF funding for projects that are concentrated on the adoption of new ...

Crew Safe After Fire Onboard OCI Scallop Vessel

Above photo: Courtesy of TSB. At approximately noon NST, Ocean Choice received notice from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre that the Atlantic Destiny succumbed to damages sustained on the evening of March 2 and the vessel has sunk. “While we are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our offshore fishing vessels, we are extremely relieved and thankful that all of our 31 crew members were safely transported ashore and are currently in the process of reuniting with their families ...

Billion-Dollar Clearwater Deal With Premium and Mi’kmaq First Nations Coalition Finalized

A coalition of seven Nova Scotia First Nations communities is now the proud co-owner of one of North America’s largest vertically integrated seafood companies and the largest holder of shellfish licenses and quotas in Canada. The billion-dollar sale of Clearwater Seafoods Incorporated to Premium Brands Holdings Corporation and FNC Holdings Limited Partnership, representing a coalition of Mi’kmaq First Nations, was finalized on Jan. 25, after Clearwater shareholders voted overwhelmingly ...

The Twine Loft – March 2021

Passed On: Michael Drake – Fortune, N.L. fisherman Drake, 48, passed away tragically on December 15, 2020. He was crewmember on the scallop dragger Chief William Saulis that went down in the Bay of Fundy.   Passed On: Henry Vokey – Trinity, N.L. boatbuilder Vokey, 91, passed away on January 27 at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Little Harbour, Trinity Bay on October 6, 1929. He started boatbuilding at a young age, the start of a lifelong passion. At the age of ...

On the Waterfront – March 2021

Grieg Newfoundland and Carpenter’s Union Sign Labour Agreement The United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 579 was recently voluntarily recognized as a signatory union by Grieg Seafood Newfoundland. Mike Williams, President of Carpenters Local 579 stated, “Local 579 is looking forward to providing our newest signatory partner with a well-trained and skilled workforce that demonstrates their strong work ethic, productivity and safety mindset on the job site every day.” Knut ...