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Corner Brook Port Expansion Begins with $1.4 million Investment

The Provincial Government is providing $1.4 million in funding to the Corner Brook Port Corporation to support refurbishment and repurposing of the former gypsum factory at 85 Riverside Drive into an industrial port facility. Vaughn Granter, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture and MHA for Humber West, made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Darin King, Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development, this morning at the corporation’s office in Corner Brook. This ...

Ice Delaying Start of Gulf Lobster Fishery

The Journal Pioneer is reporting the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is delaying the opening of spring lobster fisheries in parts of P.E.I., New Brunswick and Nova Scotia due to ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The delay impacts Lobster Fishing Areas 24 and 26A in P.E.I., LFA 23 in northern and northeastern New Brunswick, 26B in the Pictou and Cheticamp areas of Nova Scotia and LFA 27 off Cape Breton. The season was due to open April 30 in most of those areas. No firm date on the ...

Coast Guard Reopens Seasonal SAR Bases

Now that spring is here, the Canadian Coast Guard would like to inform the public that its seasonal search and rescue bases in Quebec City, Tadoussac, Kegaska, Rivière-au-Renard, Havre-Saint-Pierre and Cap-aux-Meules are open. The Canadian Coast Guard’s seasonal bases are strategically located to provide rapid assistance and reduce the number and severity of maritime incidents and risks to the environment. The bases are open from April to November. The Canadian Coast Guard reminds the ...

More Fisheries-related Convictions Handed Out

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Maritimes Region announced April 23 that two Yarmouth County men, arrested in 2012 for possessing 6,222 illegal-sized lobsters, were convicted last week and fined a total of $62,500 under the Fisheries Act. A surveillance operation conducted by local Fishery Officers in Comeau’s Hill on April 27, 2012 uncovered 24 cages of lobsters onboard fishing vessel Melanie Lynn II. Appearing before the Yarmouth court on April 17, 2015, Earl Patrick Boudreau pleaded ...

DFO Conducts Beaked Whale Necropsy

DFO scientists conducted a necropsy on a 2,200-pound Sowerby’s beaked whale today In St. John’s. The rare beaked whale was discovered dead and washed ashore at Point Lance on the southern Avalon Peninsula on February 7. The whale is an adult female measuring 16 feet. The Sowerby’s beaked whale is a reclusive, deep water species that is rarely seen  near shore. The species is listed as special concern under the federal Species at Risk Act. For more photos of the necropsy, see the ...

3C Snow Crab Season Delayed Opening

DFO advises that the opening of the 2015 Snow crab season in Crab Fishing Area 3C, has been delayed and will now open at 0600 hours on May 4, 2015. Licence fees and licence conditions are available through the national online licencing system.

Clarenville Personal Use Seal License Information Session

DFO advises that there will be a Seal Information Session for new applicants requesting Personal Use Seal licenses at the following location: Monday, April 27 at the Clarenville Inn, Clarenville, NL. Session will commence at 7p.m. Persons obtaining a new Personal Use Seal Licence must have: Proof of age (18 years of age or older) A Firearms Safety/Hunter Education Certificate As with any sealing activity, Personal Use Seal License holders must follow the Marine Mammal Regula...

2015 Personal Use Seal License Information Session

DFO advises that there will be a Seal Information Session for new applicants requesting Personal Use Seal licenses at the following location: Foxtrap - Thursday, April 30, 2015, Royal Canadian Legion at 7:00 pm Persons obtaining a new Personal Use Seal License must have: Proof of age (18 or older), A Firearms Safety/Hunter Education Certificate, Proof they have attended a seal information session. As with any sealing activity, Personal Use Seal licence holders must follow the ...

More Lobster Fishery Openings Announced

DFO advises of the following Lobster fishery openings in Eastern Newfoundland for 2015, at 0600 hours: Trinity Bay (LFA 6), Monday, April 27; St. Mary's Bay (LFA 9B), Thursday, April 30; Conception Bay (LFA 7), Friday, May 1; Southern Shore (LFA 8), Saturday, May 2; Trepassey Bay (LFA 9A), Monday, May 4; Bonavista Bay (LFA 5), Friday, May 8. DFO also announced that the lobster fishery will open at 0600hrs on Thursday April 23, 2015 in Lobster Fishing Area 12, Cinq Cerf to Cape ...

Northern Cod Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) Launched

On April 16, industry participants announced the creation of a Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) for northern cod, formerly one of the world’s largest and most iconic fisheries. Northern cod (NAFO area 2J3KL) has been under moratorium since 1992. Recent biomass indicators show significant improvement in stock biomass — though as yet below Blim — and positive stock indicators related to age profile, among others. Environmental conditions are also generally positive for the stock. ...