On the Waterfront – December 2022
Alaska Shutters 2023 Snow Crab Season
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) recently announced that the Bristol Bay Red King Crab (BBRKC) season will be closed in the Bering Sea for the second consecutive year, as well as the first closing for the Bering Sea snow crab season since the inception of the North Pacific Council.
Both were closed due to conservation concerns due to the Bering Sea being warmer and more acidic than ever before. These conditions have caused a 90 per ...
On the Waterfront – November 2022
FFAW Campaign Highlights Gaps in Safety, Healthcare Availability
FFAW-Unifor’s newest awareness campaign is looking to tackle safety issues affecting their members such as occupational disease, gaps in safety training, poor infrastructure, repetitive strain injuries and other health and safety issues affecting seafood processing plant workers. They hope highlighting these issues will bring about change from legislators and employers.
“It often takes a serious incident for politicians, ...
On the Waterfront – October 2022
Capt Jacques Cartier Joins CCG Fleet
In late August, the Canadian Coast Guard ship Capt Jacques Cartier was welcomed into service.
A dockside ceremony was held at the vessel’s homeport in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia on August 29, where Parliamentary Secretary Darren Fisher and Halifax West Member of Parliament Lena Metlege Diab were joined by Andy Smith, Deputy Commissioner of Shipbuilding and Merial of the Canadian Coast Guard, and Gary Ivany, Assistant Commissioner of the Canadian Coast ...
On the Waterfront – September 2022
Harvesters Call on DFO for Investment in Mackerel Science
The Fish Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) is once again calling on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to invest in new science opportunities for mackerel given the signs of abundance reported by harvesters and the inadequate level of current surveys completed by the federal government.
Earlier this year, the Minister responsible for Fisheries and Oceans, Joyce Murray, called a moratorium on mackerel.
The FFAW ...
On the Waterfront – August 2022
4WSFC North America Held in St. John’s
On June 20–22, St. John’s, N.L. played host to the 4th World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress (4WSFC), North America event.
4WSFC is a transdisciplinary forum for anyone interested in small-scale fisheries to participate in an interactive discussion about the world’s small-scale fisheries.
The purpose of the congress was to facilitate knowledge exchange, foster collaboration and mobilize support for the viability and sustainability of small-...
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 ...