Ears on the Ocean Floor
Southwest Nova Fishermen and DFO Partner in Hydrophone Project
Above: A hydrophone sits inside a modified lobster trap at the Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition. Kathy Johnson photo
More hydrophone units are expected to be deployed this spring in waters off southwestern Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy in a collaborative effort between the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and local fishermen to collect acoustic data that detects the presence of large baleen whales, including ...
Time for Commercial Cod Fishery to be Opened
The fish in the photo I provided have spawned many times causing millions of eggs to be distributed in the ocean leading to perhaps millions of cod like this in the spawning biomass.
So, the question needs to be asked once again, why are we still in a cod moratorium?
Here are my thoughts on this question and it comes down to poor science. Codfish are back in historical numbers and beyond. The cod biomass has reached its limited food supply and if the regulators want the cod biomass to ...
Ropeless Fishing Gear Technology Surfaces Once Again
The conservation efforts of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to protect North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence continue to delay, interrupt or even shut down numerous valuable fisheries.
To date, fisheries involving snow crab, toad crab, rock crab, lobster, whelk, turbot, winter flounder and halibut have, in some way, been negatively impacted by new right whale-related restrictions. As long as right whales continue to be seen in the Gulf, such restrictions will ...
On the Waterfront – April 2018
Body of Missing Captain Recovered After Grounding of Fisherman's Provider II
The body of the fourth person who was on the Fisherman’s Provider ll, 64-year-old Roger Stoddard, the captain of the vessel, was recovered at approximately 8:30 a.m. Feb. 8 by local fishermen.
The vessel struck what is commonly known as Frying Pan Shoal, near Canso, at approximately 8 p.m. on February 6. Three men were rescued that evening from the boat while a fourth remained onboard. The rescue effort was ...
Snow Crab: The Claws Tell the Story
In the 1950s and 1960s, if you were fishing for cod around Newfoundland and Labrador you might get a little crabby if a nuisance snow crab, also called queen crab, was tangled up in your gillnet.
Today, it’s a completely different story. That snow crab brought in $275 million last year, making it the province’s most valuable fishery.
Due to the significance of the fishery, it is important to understand as much about snow crab as possible.
Dr. Darrell Mullowney has worked with the ...
New Licence to be Issued for Arctic Surf Clams in 2018
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has announced it is introducing a fourth licence for Arctic surf clams representing 25 per cent of the existing total allowable catch (TAC) for 2018.
The new entrant to the Arctic surf clam fishery will be identified via an expression of interest. Interested parties wishing to participate in this fishery must send a written proposal, to be received by DFO by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) November 2, 2017. This licence will be issued to a new ...
Lobster Gives the Province’s Fishery Some Crawl Space
A Bright Spot in Dark Days of Crab and Shrimp Stock Decline, Controversy
With predominant fisheries such as snow crab and Northern shrimp soaking up much of the industry’s attention in the province in recent years, the lobster fishery proceeds largely under the radar, though its contribution to many fishermen and rural Newfoundland communities is crucial.
It’s a fishery where most will agree management measures in the past — programs of licence buyout, restructuring, conservation ...
Signs Point to Positive: Harvesters Hopeful for Strong Spring Lobster Fishery in P.E.I.
By mid-April 2015 some Prince Edward Island fishermen were so anxious about the unusual ice conditions in their harbours that many grabbed their chainsaws and started trying to clear up the blockages themselves.
In the end, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) decided to delay the spring lobster season from its usual April 30 start date in the hopes that the ice would clear out naturally. The season officially opened several days later and was extended at the tail end of the season ...