On the Waterfront – July 2022
No Cuts to Capelin Fishery
In early June, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced that for the 2022 fishing season the total allowable catch (TAC) will increase by 10 per cent for the capelin fishery in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (4RST), to 10,225 tonnes.
DFO said this decision recognizes the relatively positive outlook for the stock, helps secure the employment of local plant workers and recognizes the importance of capelin as a forage fish in the ocean ecosystem.
On the Waterfront – June 2022
DFO Enacts Fisheries Act Regulatory Changes
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced regulatory changes aimed at rebuilding vulnerable fish stocks.
These fish stocks provisions are now in force under the Fisheries Act. This places binding obligations on DFO to manage certain fish stocks sustainably and to put rebuilding plans in place when stocks become depleted; requirements are also now in place to ensure that rebuilding plans are developed in a timely and consist...
On the Waterfront – May 2022
Windsor Junction Fisherman Dies in Waters Off Eastern N.S.
The Canadian Press reported that a fisherman had died after spending five hours in the waters off Canso, Nova Scotia on March 13.
35-year-old Jeremy Hart of Windsor Junction, N.S., was identified as the victim of the fishing accident. He died at 3:30 p.m. on March 13 after being found by a search and rescue team.
The Canadian Press said that Hart had only joined the crew of the halibut fishing vessel Mucktown Girl on March ...
On the Waterfront – April 2022
Spanish Vessel Sinking Claims 21 Lives
The 50-metre Spanish fishing vessel Villa de Pitanxo sank February 15 in rough seas about 460 kilometres east of Newfoundland, leaving nine dead and 12 missing at sea.
Three crewmen, who were found in a life raft, survived what has been described as Spain’s worst fishing tragedy in decades. Among the survivors were the vessel’s 53-year-old captain and his 42-year-old nephew, according to the Spanish newspaper La Voz de Galicia. The crew was ...
On the Waterfront – March 2022
N.L. Government Gathers Input on Foreign Ownership in Fish Processing Sector
An online questionnaire seeking public input on the issue of foreign ownership in the Newfoundland and Labrador’s fish processing sector recently closed.
The survey was a key component of a comprehensive review of foreign ownership in the Newfoundland and Labrador fishing sector currently being undertaken by the Provincial Government.
In addition to the online survey, direct consultations between key fishing ...
On the Waterfront – February 2022
Fish Canada Workboat Canada Delayed Until March
Master Promotions Ltd. recently announced that the Fish Canada Workboat Canada show, originally scheduled to take place January 21–22, 2022, has been delayed.
The event will now take place March 25–26, 2022, at the Moncton Coliseum.
This decision was not made lightly, but due to the increasing spread of the new COVID-19 variant and new gathering restrictions, Master Promotions felt compelled to take action.
“As always, the health ...
On the Waterfront – December 2021
Body of Sipekne'katik First Nation Fisherman Recovered
The Sipekne’katik First Nation is mourning the loss of one of its fishing vessel captains.
According to Coast Guard officials, the 54-year-old captain was at the wheel of the fishing vessel Miss Janet on October 14 as it travelled from Shelburne to Saulnierville, but when one of the three crew awoke at 3:30 a.m., he was no longer there.
The weather was reported to be fairly calm at the time of the incident and the crew hadn’t ...
On the Waterfront – November 2021
North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show Returns This Fall
Atlantic Canada’s all-encompassing commercial marine event returns to the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, N.L.
The much-anticipated face-to-face event is scheduled to take place November 19–20, 2021 — kicking off the 7th edition of this biennial event.
Pre-registration is now open and visitors are encouraged to plan their visit early to save money, get their show badge in advance and skip lines at the venue. Registration is ...
On the Waterfront – October 2021
$20 Million for Whalesafe Fishing Gear Adoption
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently unveiled a $20-million fund aimed at helping harvesters in Atlantic Canada and Quebec adopt whalesafe gear.
The Whalesafe Gear Adoption Fund will provide funding over the next two years supporting Indigenous and non-indigenous harvesters, not-for-profit organizations, academia and other partners to purchase, test and refine existing whale-safe gear.
“Canada’s whale-protection ...
On the Waterfront – September 2021
DFO Launches New Fishing Gear Reporting Tool
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) recently announced the launch of the online Fishing Gear Reporting System.
Fish harvesters and authorized retrievers can now easily access and submit the required lost or retrieved gear reporting forms simply and efficiently. This reporting helps the department and other partners locate and remove lost gear from our waters and, in many cases, return the gear to its rightful owner.
Access to the reporting ...