On the Waterfront – July 2024

NLGIDC Expresses Disappointment in DFO’s Redfish Management

The Newfoundland and Labrador Groundfish Industry Development Council (NLGIDC) has spoken out against the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) decision to allocate a majority of the quota for the recently reopened redfish fishery to offshore fleets in 2024.

The NLGIDC said that while the total allowable catch (TAC) of 60,000 tonnes is “reasonable,” the quota shares have “greatly disappointed inshore fleets and Indigenous groups in the Gulf of St Lawrence.”

The group said that in the face of declining Gulf cod and shrimp stock, many inshore fish harvesters were looking to redfish to alleviate the economic hardships they currently face.

“Many inshore harvesters, processing operators, and coastal communities were looking forward to a more equitable distribution of this resource among all fleets in the newly recovered redfish fishery in the Gulf,” said Bill Barry, founder and CEO of Barry Group Inc. “It appears that the proposals from the inshore sector and Indigenous groups were not given serious consideration by the DFO Minister.”


DFO Warns Against Unreported Sales and Landings

Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, advised harvesters to report the sales and landings of all their catch to accurately manage resources and “fight the underground economy.”

While the use of cash in the sale is not illegal, landings or revenues that are not reported/declared, and which often involve cash transactions, are illegal,” said Lebouthillier in a Notice to Fish Harvesters email. “Our government is committed to fight the underground economy wherever it exists. From my many visits to the field over the past few months, I know that this issue is at the heart of the priorities of many stakeholders, both in the catching and processing sector.”


Seventh Annual Marine Industry Awards Recipients Named by Turning the Tide

Turning the Tide, an awards program designed to recognize achievements in the marine industry of Newfoundland and Labrador, has named the recipients of their Marine Industry Awards for 2024.

Among the winners were Crosbie Group, which received the Industry Leadership and Excellence Award for its breakthroughs in fishing practices, marine insurance, coastal shipping and offshore oil and gas ventures.

Chief Mi’sel Joe of Miawpukek First Nation was awarded the Industry Lifetime Achievement Award for his efforts to diversify his community’s economy through partnerships in the marine sector, leading to Netukulimk Fisheries Limited becoming a major regional player in the industry.

C-CORE was awarded the Innovation Leadership Award for its role as a global leader in enhancing safety, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Captain Robert Bartlett was awarded the Historical Marine Significance Award for his role as the captain of the SS Roosevelt polar explorer. Jason Edmunds was awarded the Next Wave Leadership Award for his role as the lead expedition leader for Adventure Canada and his placement in New York Explorer’s Club 2024 list of “50 Extraordinary People in the World.”


DFO Investigates Grande-Entrée Sedimentation Issue

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is working to understand the causes of a build-up of sediment in the Grand-Entrée wharf, which serves as a key piece of infrastructure for the Magdalen Islands.

Fisheries Minister Diane Lebouthillier announced the second phase of the two-year hydrosedimentary study in the area to understand the causes of the problem and to find sustainable solutions in light of climate change.

“The facts are the facts: with no ice in the Gulf this winter, climate change is a reality of today, not tomorrow,” said Lebouthillier. “The Magdalen Islands have a front-row seat to witness its effects, which is why it is more important than ever for our government to have the best science in order to anticipate them. Thanks to this study, we are giving ourselves more tools to combat increased sedimentation and shoreline erosion in the Magdalen Islands.”


25 New Lobster Fishing Licenses Granted on Québec’s North Shore

In response to harvesters noticing a significant increase in the lobster population in lobster fishing area (LFA) 18 on Québec’s northern shore, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has issued 25 new exploratory fishing licenses to collect data in the area.

The 25 licenses will allow the harvesters to use 250 traps in a subsection of LFA 18 for an 11-week fishing season. Should the stock prove sustainable, these licenses could be converted to commercial permits in the future.


Facility for Intelligent Marine Systems Opened in Dartmouth, N.S.

The Facility for Intelligent Marine Systems (FIMS) was recently opened on the campus of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO) after a four-year, $25 million dollar project to renovate the current building that houses the facility.

The FIMS building is a collaboration between Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the Department of National Defence (DND) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) for researchers from each department to utilize state-of-the-art unscrewed surface and underwater data collection platforms.

“Fisheries and Oceans Canada is a world-leader in ocean science,” said DFO Minister Diane Lebouthillier. “With the official opening of the Facility for Intelligent Marine Systems, we are expanding our ocean research capacity through state-of-the-art equipment. This will also allow for greater collaboration between our scientists and researchers, along with those from Natural Resources Canada and the Department of National Defence.”


High Liner Foods Invests $10 Million in Andfjord Salmon

High Liner Foods, a value-added frozen seafood company, has invested $10 million USD in Andfjord Salmon Group, a Vesterålen, Norway-based salmon aquaculture company in exchange for 4.5 per cent ownership of the group.

“Salmon is an important growth species for High Liner Foods, and we believe that land-based aquaculture will become an important component of the global salmon supply chain that will help bridge the gap between supply and demand,” said Paul Jewer, President and Chief Executive Officer at High Liner Foods. “Today’s modest investment will give High Liner Foods a platform to gain operational insights and experience in land-based aquaculture as part of our ongoing efforts to meet the growing consumer demand for sustainably sourced and eco-friendly seafood products.”


Authorities Seize $500,000 of Elver at Pearson International Airport

Following a complete shutdown of the harvesting of baby eels, commonly known as elver, fishery officers and officers from the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) seized 109 kilograms of unauthorized elvers at Toronto Pearson International Airport before the illegal catch was shipped overseas.

The seized elver, which are worth thousand of dollars per kilogram, were valued between $400,000 to $500,000.

“The magnitude of this elver seizure is an important development. It reflects all the work done by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, but also the team effort of a wide range of agencies and departments involved across government,” said Fisheries Minister Diane Lebouthillier. “Once again, our message is crystal clear: do not travel to Nova Scotia to illegally fish or export elvers this year, enforcement officers will be waiting for you.”


Nova Scotia Awards Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister’s Awards of Excellence

Kent Smith, the N.S. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister, has announced the Awards of Excellence for achievement in the seafood and sportfishing sector. The recipients are:

  • Sportfish Conservation Award — Nova Scotia Salmon Association
  • Sportfish Development Award — Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative (Bras d’Or Lake region)
  • Sustainability Award — Hamilton’s Fish Farm (Roland Hamilton, founder and CEO)
  • Quality Focus Award — Abriel Fisheries Company (Janet Abriel, Business Administrator)
  • Innovation Development Award — Deep Cove Aqua Farms (Andy Schnare, President)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award — Adlai Cunningham, Director, Sea Star Seafoods Ltd.

“The people and businesses receiving these awards are leaders in our industries and communities across Nova Scotia,” said Smith. “I thank them for their outstanding work and commitment to building a strong foundation for the future.”


N.L. Fisheries Minister Attends Ottawa Reception for National Seal Products Day

Elvis Loveless, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture, attended a reception on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, in recognition of National Seal Products Day.

The government of N.L. has shown support for the sealing industry, providing a $10,000 grant to the Fur Council of Canada to assist in hosting the event which is attended by Members of Parliament, Senators and seal industry advocates. N.L. has also invested $3.1 million in the Canadian Seal Products marketing campaign, with $1.3 million of the funding being used to develop markets for Canadian seal products.

“I am pleased to take part in the National Seal Products Day to highlight the benefits and opportunities stemming from our seal products industry,” said Loveless. “Seal products provide many benefits including nutritious food, quality apparel and health products. I look forward to continue working with our federal partners to promote our sealing industry and identifying new markets for this abundant resource.”


FCC Calls for More Full-time Employment in Canada’s Fisheries Industry

The Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) has called for more comprehensive measures to address the labour shortage in Canada’s fisheries industry.

While the FCC said the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program has been “instrumental in filling real, unfortunate gaps in our domestic labour force,” the program focuses on TFW in a seasonal capacity only. The group highlighted the need for full-time, year-round work in places like fishing vessels, which they said is a growing concern.

“While we appreciate the recent changes to the TFW program, they do not fully address the needs of our industry,” said Paul Lansbergen, President of the FCC. “Our sector, like others in food and beverage manufacturing, faces labour challenges from an aging workforce and a shortage of workers across skill sets. We depend on year-round workers to ensure the continued growth and sustainability of our operations.”


Grieg Seafood Highlights First Quarter Results

Grieg Seafood ASA, a Norwegian salmon aquaculture company, has released their first quarterly report for 2024.

In Newfoundland, Grieg completed the harvest of their first generation of salmon, reporting s high share of superior quality catch. The total harvest volume for the quarter was 5,320 tonnes. The company has also moved forward with their initiative to construct a post-smolt facility in the province after reaching a material agreement with their main supplier. Construction of the facility is expected to be completed in 2026.

“In Canada, we accomplished a significant milestone with the completion of our first harvest in Newfoundland,” said Grieg CEO Andreas Kvame. “We have proven that it is possible to farm salmon with good welfare, low impact and high quality in Placentia Bay. This is strengthening our faith in Newfoundland as a future, robust farming region, which will generate jobs and shared value to the surrounding rural communities.”


New Small Boat Basin Opened in Neddies Harbour, N.L.

After an investment of $3.2 million, a new small boat basin was officially opened at Neddies Harbour, Norris Point, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The project included the construction of a new treated timber crib marginal wharf and finger pier, a launchway, two floating docks, an armour stone breakwater, and an exterior laydown area with a storage and electrical building.

“Norris Point, nestled along the rugged shores of Bonne Bay, stands as a testament to our enduring heritage and the importance of the fishery in the Long Range Mountains. With our roots deeply intertwined in fishing and hospitality, this investment helps ensure this magical area, with rich traditions, continues for generations to come,” said Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.


Mark Barry Appointed President of Pro-Oceanus Systems

Pro-Oceanus Systems, a manufacturer of dissolved gas sensors, has appointed Mark Barry as its new president.

Barry began working with the company in 2012, with his most recent position at Pro-Oceanus being the VP of Business Development for the last five years.

“I am truly excited to lead Pro-Oceanus. From enhancing our interaction with partners, to foster new innovation in product development, to leading to the advancement of sensors for monitoring dissolved greenhouse gases are keys to the future of Pro-Oceanus. Enhancing the reliability of Pro-Oceanus products through continuous improvement in all areas of the business is a key goal moving forward,” said Barry.

Barry stepped into the role of Bruce Johnston, who has led the company for the past 26 years.


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