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 ...
On the Waterfront – August 2021
Atlantic Provinces Sign New Aquaculture MOU
The four Atlantic provinces recently signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the ongoing development and management of their industries, based on common principles.
This extends the previous MOU signed in 2008.
In a joint press release, the four principal governments said that aquaculture is an important economic driver for rural, coastal and Indigenous communities and Atlantic Canada is well positioned to increase aquaculture ...
On the Waterfront – July 2021
N.L. Fisherman Dies After Boat Capsizes
A well-known Western Newfoundland fisherman died on May 21 after the boat he was in overturned on St. George’s Bay.
60-year-old Lawrence Kendall of Lower Cove was confirmed to be the victim of the tragic lobster fishing accident. Another man, who had been on the boat when it overturned, was stranded on a cliff and later airlifted to safety.
Bay St. George RCMP received a call about the overturned 22-foot vessel, near Lower Cove, at around 8:15 ...
On the Waterfront – June 2021
Fisheries Agreement Reached Between Government of Canada and Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government
On April 18, the Canadian Federal Government and the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government announced that they have agreed to a landmark plan to advance reconciliation in the fisheries.
The five-year renewable Rights Reconciliation Agreement on Fisheries addresses areas of mutual interest and will help foster improved relationships with, and outcomes for, the Listuguj Mi’gmaq community by:
On the Waterfront – May 2021
Two Fishermen Lost After Crab Fishing Vessel Capsizes off Cape Breton
Captain Craig Sock and deckhand Seth Monahan have been identified as the fishermen who lost their lives after their vessel, the Tyhawk, went down on April 4.
According to reports from CBC, the vessel was owned by the Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick and had left that community early Saturday to fish snow crab off Chéticamp, N.S. The three other crewmembers were rescued on Saturday evening.
The Joint Rescue ...
On the Waterfront – April 2021
Crew Safe After Sinking of OCI Scallop Vessel
All 31 crew members of the Atlantic Destiny, Ocean Choice’s offshore trawler that issued a mayday on March 2 reporting a fire onboard, were safely transferred from the vessel before it later sank on March 3.
The fire onboard the vessel was extinguished and all 31 crew members were reported safe and accounted for. A total of 28 crew members were safely taken via helicopter to Yarmouth where they received medical attention, food and accomm...
On the Waterfront – March 2021
Grieg Newfoundland and Carpenter’s Union Sign Labour Agreement
The United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 579 was recently voluntarily recognized as a signatory union by Grieg Seafood Newfoundland.
Mike Williams, President of Carpenters Local 579 stated, “Local 579 is looking forward to providing our newest signatory partner with a well-trained and skilled workforce that demonstrates their strong work ethic, productivity and safety mindset on the job site every day.”
On the Waterfront – February 2021
CIFHF Participates in Reconciliation Workshops
Members of the Canadian Independent Fish Harvester’s Federation (CIFHF) want positive working relationships with First Nations in their geographic areas.
As a result, CIFHF members recently participated in seven workshops organized in conjunction with First Nations, the Department of Fisheries (DFO), Department of Justice, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada.
CIFHF stated that its members have worked alongside Indigenous ...
On the Waterfront – January 2022
20th Anniversary of Fish Canada Workboat Canada Show Coming in January
Canada’s largest commercial marine event is charting course for the Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, New Brunswick.
The much-anticipated event is scheduled to take place January 21–22, 2022 — kicking off the 20th edition of this biennial event.
With Moncton as a central location to much of the surrounding coastal regions, Fish Canada Workboat Canada attracts people from the fishing, aquaculture, processing ...