On the Waterfront – November 2017
DFO collaborating with National Indigenous Fisheries Institute for Program Review
Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Minister Dominic LeBlanc announced October 4 that DFO is working together with the National Indigenous Fisheries Institute to review Indigenous programs and develop a joint vision for the future of these programs that support Indigenous participation in fisheries, aquaculture and the management of aquatic habitat and resources.
The National Indigenous Fisheries ...
On the Waterfront – October 2017
Marine Institute Receives Funding for Eelgrass Restoration
Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard recently announced that the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador will receive $4.7 million over five years for a project to help restore eelgrass ecosystems in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland.
The Marine Institute is the first group in Newfoundland and Labrador to receive project funding through the fund.
On the Waterfront – September 2017
N.L. Fisheries Advisory Council Holds First Meeting
Newfoundland and Labrador’s newly formed Fisheries Advisory Council held its first meeting August 3, beginning its work to maximize the value of available fish resources to the provincial economy through a collaborative stakeholder approach.
The council will focus on both current and emerging strategic fisheries and aquaculture matters, including a new strategic action plan on cod revitalization that focuses on environmental sustainabi...
On the Waterfront – August 2017
Polar Prince on Epic Voyage
A St. John’s-based Canadian icebreaker is on an epic voyage of discovery across the Arctic to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.
The Canada C3 ship, the Polar Prince, is a 220-foot former Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker currently on a 23,000-kilometre voyage from Toronto to Victoria, via the Northwest Passage, stopping in many ports along its route.
The Canada C3’s journey from the Great Lakes into the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific oceans has four main ...
On the Waterfront – July 2017
Rebranded Seafood Association in Nova Scotia
The Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance (NSSA) has succeeded the Nova Scotia Fish Packers Association, to advocate for and strengthen the voice of the province’s small and medium-sized onshore seafood companies.
The Fish Packers Association represented processors for more than 40 years. The Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance will build on that legacy, and reflect the scope and diversity of modern onshore fisheries operations. The new organization was ...
On the Waterfront – June 2017
DFO Wins Controlling Agreement Legal Challenge
In a May 5 ruling, Federal Court Justice Cecily Strickland has upheld the Department of Fisheries and Ocean’s (DFO) policy on controlling agreements between fishermen and corporations.
DFO has always maintained that individual fishermen, not corporations, are allowed to hold and control inshore licences.
However, this rule was challenged in federal court recently by of Cartwright, Labrador fisherman Kirby Elson.
Elson was appealing a ...
On the Waterfront – May 2017
Seafood Producers Laud Canada Free Trade Deal
The Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) says a new free trade deal covering internal trade in goods and services in Canada is an historical achievement, on this, the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
“Today’s agreement is an historical agreement, and goes together with the legacies of FTA, NAFTA, CETA and other free deals signed by our federal government with countries around the world,” said Derek Butler, Executive Director of ...
On the Waterfront – April 2017
Ottawa Creates $325-Million Atlantic Fisheries Fund
The federal government has announced an investment of $325 million to create an Atlantic Fisheries Fund aimed at benefiting the fishery in all four Atlantic Provinces.
The Fund is aimed at stimulating innovation, with a focus on growing opportunities and increasing their value to meet market demands for sustainably sourced, high quality fish and seafood products.
Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada said, in ...
On the Waterfront – March 2017
Increase in Turbot TAC for Nunavut
The Nunavut Offshore Allocation Holders Association (NOAHA) has stated it is pleased with the recent announcement by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) of an increase in total allowable catch (TAC) for Greenland halibut (turbot) in NAFO Divisions 0A and 0B.
The Total Allowable Catch for Division 0A will increase from 8,000 tonnes to 8,575 tonnes and Nunavut will receive 100 per cent of the increase. The total allowable catch for NAFO Division 0B will ...
On the Waterfront – February 2017
‘Gentle Giant’ Jim Buchanan Dies in Fishing Accident
The Cape Sable Island-Shelburne area of southwestern Nova Scotia has seen more than its fair share of ocean related deaths.
Over the Christmas holiday, a huge Yuletide tree made of lobster pots was erected in the Cape Sable Island area. The ornaments were old time lobster buoys, the ones used before balloons and anchors tethered strings of 15 traps.
Each ornament represented a fisherman lost at sea from the area.
There were way ...