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Area Closed to Fishing

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has closed an area of Shediac Harbour to fishing bivalve molluscs. A portion of Shediac Harbour inside a line drawn from grid reference 379667E 5121485N, eastward to grid reference 381756E 5122009N, then northward to grid reference 381755E 5122280N, then west to grid reference 379154E 5123547N, near Shediac Cape is closed for fishing of any species of clams, mussels, oysters and any other bivalve molluscs, including bay scallops in the Province of New ...

Delegation Heads to Ocean Business 2015

With over 40,000 kilometres of shoreline within the four Atlantic provinces, there is little wonder the region has become home to companies and institutions that are world leaders in the ocean technology sector. This week, 19 of those companies are attending the Ocean Business 2015 exhibition and conference at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK, the year’s most important ocean technology training and procurement forum. The companies are participating in the mission thanks ...

Closure of Winter Trout Angling Season

DFO advises anglers that the winter trout angling season for Zone 1 (Insular Newfoundland) closes on April 15, 2015. Angling for trout in tidal waters is still permitted, however, the daily bag limit applies. The angling season for inland waters in Zone 1 (Insular Newfoundland) will re-open on May 15, 2015 and close on September 7, 2015. Anglers are advised to consult the 2014-2015 Angler's Guide for additional and detailed management measures. The Angler's Guide can be found online ...

2015 Lobster Fishery Openings for Area 11

DFO advises that the lobster fishery, in Lobster Fishing Area 11 will open as follows. Lobster Fishing Area 11 (East of Western Head, Hare Bay) 0600hrs on Saturday, April 18, 2015 to 2000hrs on Saturday, June 20, 2015. (9 weeks) Lobster Fishing Area 11 (West of Western Head, Hare Bay) 0600hrs on Saturday, May 02, 2015 to 2000 Saturday, July 04 2015. (9 weeks) Harvesters are reminded that they are not permitted to retrieve fishing gear or possess lobsters during the initial 48 hour ...

Ship’s Crew Hospitalized After Eating Tainted Fish

Health officials in New Brunswick say food poisoning has hospitalized the majority of the crew from a ship in the port of Saint John, the Canadian Press reported. The ship involved is the Panama-registered Balsa 85 and the crew is from the Philippines. Fourteen of 19 crew members are in serious but stable condition at Saint John Regional Hospital after eating toxic fish on the ship Saturday. CP reported that the tainted fish was caught in international waters and there is no risk to ...

Seal Fishery Opening – 2015 Season

DFO advises Newfoundland and Labrador Seal harvesters based in Sealing Areas 4 to 8, that the fishery for Seals will re-open in Sealing Areas 4 to 8 and 12, at 0600 hours on Sunday, April 12, 2015. This fishery will open for Front Longliners, Areas 5 to 8 Small Boats and Speed Boats, all Area 4 vessels, and Personal Use. This includes License Classes N100 to N106, N300 to N302, and N400. DFO advises Newfoundland and Labrador Seal harvesters based in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, that the ...

Provincial Government Supports 2015 Seal Harvest

The sealing industry remains an important contributor to the provincial economy providing economic benefits to people and communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. The Provincial Government announced April 7 that it is providing $2 million to support the purchase of seals from the 2015 harvest. This support comes in the form of loans to Carino Processing Ltd. and PhocaLux International Inc. of up to $1 million each. The $2 million in loan funding will go toward the purchase of ...

New Conservation Measures for Atlantic Salmon Recreational Angling Throughout Gulf Region

Acting on a first series of recommendations made by the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Atlantic salmon, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced April 7 new conservation measures for Atlantic salmon recreational angling throughout the Gulf region, in 2015. These new conservation measures are also supported by key stakeholders, including the Atlantic Salmon Federation, the New Brunswick Salmon Council, the Nova Scotia Salmon Association and the Miramichi Salmon ...

Canada’s Largest Commercial Marine Event Announces Dates for Next Show

Moncton, NB – This coming January will see the return of Fish Canada Workboat Canada to the Moncton Coliseum Complex. Taking place January 22-23, 2016, this is the nation’s largest commercial marine tradeshow.  Showcasing the latest in products and services that keep Atlantic Canada’s marine-based industries running strong, this is a must-attend event for all those who make their living on, in, and around the water. Fish Canada Workboat Canada is held biennially and the 2016 edition ...

Putting Green Crab on P.E.I’s Menu

Sophie St. Hilaire foresees a day where Prince Edward Islanders will do their part for the environment by sitting down to eat a big plate of green crabs. The cretin crustaceans are native to Europe and are an invasive species on this side of the Atlantic. They have been spreading throughout Atlantic Canada since the early 1990s. So why not eradicate them and have a full belly at the same time, reasons St. Hilaire, an associate professor at the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University ...