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Chronology of a Deal Gone Bad

Timeline Traces Breakdown of CETA-Related Fisheries Fund “The provincial fishery is now ideally positioned to capitalize on unrestricted access to European seafood markets and become more globally competitive with the creation of a $400-million federal-provincial fund to support industry enhancements.” This was how an excited and optimistic Kathy Dunderdale described the now embattled fisheries fund on October 29, 2013. At the time, the now former Newfoundland and Labrador premier ...

Generic Marketing Plan for Canadian Lobsters Released

One of the biggest complaints against rubber-stamping a levy placed on landed lobsters to fund a generic lobster promotion plan for Canadian lobsters has been the lack of any plans. Harvesters and processors — especially in LFA 33-34 — are posing the question of planning as other sectors of the Maritimes were agreeing with the idea of a levy. Until the industry in LFA 33-34 decides where to go on this issue, the Nova Scotia government has its hands tied because this area represents ...

On the Waterfront – March 2015

MP Calls On Feds to do More For Small Craft Harbours Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, says the Conservative government’s decision to reverse its decision on the number of cuts being made to the administration of Small Craft Harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador is welcome news, but it doesn’t go far enough. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced last fall that the number of areas and area managers was being reduced from four to two, along ...

Twine Loft – March 2015

Passed On: Chris Wilton — Fox Island River N.L. Skipper and Fisherman Wilton, 31, died from injuries sustained last month as a result of an accident while snowmobiling on Fox Island River after he was thrown from his snowmobile when a ski hooked into some rough ice. His history in the fishery goes back more than 20 years when at age 10, he started fishing with skipper Andy Hickey out of Woody Point. At the start he would be picking out female capelin to make money for himself. As soon as he ...

Area Resident Concerned About Proposed Shelburne Basin Drilling

A major oil spill in the Shelburne Basin could be so disastrous for the residents of Shelburne County, Nova Scotia, that a NORIGS-type of committee is being suggested to act as an intervener before the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NSOPB). John Davis made this proposal in an open letter to a local weekly newspaper addressed to the residents of the county a few days before Christmas. Davis is no stranger to the area, having been a leading director of NORIGS, a fishplant ...

P.E.I. Lobster Industry Looking To Marketing Levy For Future

The Prince Edward Island lobster industry is trying to take fate into its own hands. A plebiscite has been set for March 2015, in which members of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA) will decide whether to create a commodity board for the resource. It’s a first step towards their ultimate goal of collecting a one cent per-pound levy from the catch and using the proceeds to market their product. It’s nothing less than a historic attempt by the industry to take a more active ...

Twine Loft – February 2015

Passed On: Mike Maynard — Northern Lights VP and Northeast Branch Manager Maynard passed away, peacefully at his home on September 20, after a long battle with cancer. He was 62. Maynard had worked for Northern Lights since the 1980s, when he was hired to start up the company’s Northeast branch office. His colleagues say he worked ‘tirelessly’ to build the NL and Lugger brands in the Northeast, as well as working closely with several prestigious East Coast boatbuilders. A veteran of ...

FFAW President Outlines Union’s Key Priorities

The new president of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) is not wasting any time in outlining his priorities for the powerful Newfoundland and Labrador union. Keith Sullivan spoke about his mandate during a recent interview with The Navigator. While there are many issues currently facing the FFAW, fair access to adjacent resources is at the top of the list, the labour leader explained. “Most people are aware of the difficulties we have facing us with the northern shrimp. If ...

Membership Drive Begins for Fledgling N.S. Lobster Association

Bernie Berry feels deeply about lobster fishing and he wears that feeling on his sleeve. He started fishing when he was 19 and still skippers a lobster boat today although he sold his own rig a few years back. Berry became concerned about LFA 34 fishermen not being at the table during important meetings concerning the industry’s future, after the LFA 34 Lobster Advisory Group, a fishermen-DFO partnership, sort of fizzled last summer. “We weren’t at the table in Halifax during ...

Fishing Fatalities Continue to be Major Concern For TSB

The high number of accidents involving loss of life on fishing vessels remains one of the key priorities for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). Commercial fishing industry fatalities was one of eight significant safety issues identified by the TSB in its 2014 Watchlist — released in late November of last year. According to the TSB Watchlist, an average of 134 fishing vessel accidents per year were reported between 2009 and 2013 in Canada, which together comprised 40 per ...