2015 2J3KL Northern Cod Stewardship/Bycatch Fishery Opening
DFO advises that the Northern cod Stewardship/Bycatch fishery will open to fish harvesters based in the following areas:
NAFO Division 2J:
Labrador will open for Vessel Class A294 at 0600hrs on Sunday, August 30, 2015 and will close at 2000hrs on Saturday, September 19, 2015.
NAFO Division 3K:
That portion of the Northern Peninsula from Cape Bauld to Little Harbour Deep Head will open at 0600hrs on Sunday, August 09, 2015 for Vessel Class A295 and will close at 2000hrs on ...
2015 Opening Dates for the Cod Quality Pilot Project
DFO advises that the 2J3KL Cod Quality pilot project will open on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 0600 hours, for Vessel Classes A434, A447, and A449 to A470.
DFO further advises that the 4R3Pn Cod Quality pilot project will open on Sunday, August 02, 2015 at 0600 hours for Vessel classes A435 to A445.
Fish harvesters are reminded that Cod Quality pilot project licences and conditions are available through DFO’s National On-line Licencing System.
Compliance with management measures is ...
Cod Fishery Closing in NAFO Divisions 4RS and Sub-Division 3Pn
DFO advises that the directed competitive Cod fishery in NAFO Divisions 4RS and sub-Division 3Pn, for fixed gear vessels less than 65 feet, using six gillnets or 2000 hooks, will close at 1200hrs (noon) on Friday, July 17, 2015.
This closing is for the following vessel classes:
enterprises based in Western NL and Southern Labrador - 4R3Pn (A274, A275, A277, A278)
enterprises based in 3Ps with overlap rights to 3Pn (A263, A266, A269,A272)
The reason for the closure is that the quota ...
2015 Recreational Groundfish Fishery Opening
DFO advises that the dates for the 2015 summer Recreational groundfish Fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador will be Saturday, July 18 to Sunday, August 09, 2015, with a fall fishery from Saturday, September 19 to Sunday, September 27, 2015.
The recreational groundfish fishery will occur in all NAFO areas around Newfoundland and Labrador, which includes 2GH, 2J3KL, 3Ps, 3Pn, and 4R.
The public is reminded that fishing is not permitted in the Eastport and Gilbert Bay Marine Protected ...
Cod Fishery Opening in NAFO Divisions 4RS and Sub-Division 3Pn
DFO advises that the directed competitive cod fishery in NAFO Divisions 4RS and sub-Division 3Pn, for fixed gear vessels less than 65 feet, using six gillnets or 2,000 hooks, will open at 0600hrs on Monday, July 6, 2015.
This opening is for the following vessel classes:
Enterprises based in Western NL and Southern Labrador - 4R3Pn (A274, A275, A277, A278)
Enterprises based in 3Ps with overlap rights to 3Pn (A263, A266, A269,A272)
Fish harvesters are reminded of the following:
Cod and Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
A generation ago, baby boomers were entering the workforce in big numbers and they needed jobs.
In Atlantic Canada, a lot of those baby boomers lived in rural areas, with few local employment opportunities. Many were moving away, leaving their families and communities behind.
“Jobs, jobs, jobs,” was the rallying cry of politicians during elections, in the hope of getting themselves elected.
As it happened, the need for jobs occurred around the time Canada obtained the 200-mile ...
FFAW and WWF Join Forces on Cod Fisheries Improvement Project
A new Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) led by the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) and WWF-Canada is aiming to bring a renowned Newfoundland and Labrador cod fishery that’s been under a fishing moratorium since 1992 back to a healthy level — and eventual commercial viability.
The northern cod stock in NAFO area 2J3KL has shown clear signs of growth in some areas since 2006, with current trends pointing to even larger increases if current and future fisheries are well ...
Back to the Future: Return of the Cod
Cod are increasing in abundance off the northeast coast of Newfoundland and Labrador and on the Grand Banks, in NAFO zone 2J3KL.
That is either good or bad news for people in our industry, depending on their individual circumstances. I thought it might be worth considering some of the implications of this development.
Why Are Cod Increasing in Abundance?
The main reason seems to be climate change. Temperatures around the world have been increasing over several decades, mainly due to ...
Cod Management Conundrum
There were very clear lessons to be learned from the Newfoundland and Labrador groundfish moratorium of the early 1990s, as well as the overfishing of cod in the North Sea during the same period.
For Atlantic cod stocks to be sustainable in the future, sensible management and harvesting practices must take place in order to avoid the need for drastic measures, such as the infamous 1992 moratorium. At the time, it seemed Newfoundland and Labrador’s harsh reality would be the only example ...
Nova Scotia Cod Quota Cut in Half — Stocks in North Sea Continue to Improve
The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans recently cut Nova Scotia’s cod quota in half.
DFO said the cod stock remains in poor shape on the Scotian shelf from Halifax to Digby, leading to the decision to spread the annual 1,600-tonne quota over two years instead of one.
Scientists found this year’s catch brought in fewer younger fish.
“If they do grow, they hit age four or five and they seem to disappear. In our surveys at age five or six, they are practically non-existent,” ...