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Taxpayers Invest in Stock Rebuilding, so They Should See the Benefits: Researcher Claims

Jennifer Silver, an associate professor at the University of Guelph, says that attention to socioeconomics needs to be considered by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) alongside economic and biological impacts when rebuilding fish stocks. “Some fisheries, both in the Atlantic and in the Pacific, are known to be quite dominated by some corporate players where the access to the fisheries themselves are concentrated,” said Silver. “If we’re investing in the science and ...

DFO Pledges Additional Funds for Ghost Gear Cleanup in Spring 2023

Above: Photo courtesy of Clean Harbours Initiative   The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has been funding industry members to retrieve lost fishing gear as part of their Ghost Gear Fund since 2020 and has recently added funding in response to the damage from Hurricane Fiona. The fund began as an initiative of its zero plastic waste agenda, wherein DFO set up a fund that industry members can apply to for monetary assistance to retrieve ghost gear in their local waters. ...

Whale-Safe Gear Legislation Delayed Until 2024

However, DFO Says it Will Not Stop Required Fishery Closures   The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced the timeline for harvesters in Atlantic Canada to implement lower-breaking-strength fishing gear has been extended to 2024. The gear is meant to reduce the severity of entanglement by whales, particularly North American right whales and is designed to break under 1,700 pounds of force. Alternatively, the department has also pitched ropeless gear as a ...

From Rhetoric to Real Issues

A little over a year ago, The Navigator took a deep dive into the mandate letter of newly appointed Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and Canadian Coast Guard Joyce Murray. A mandate letter sets the table for the work and legislation each federal minister is expected to prioritize by their boss, the Prime Minister. After a quick peruse of Minister Murray’s mandate letter, three key points dominated the Prime Minster’s marching orders: climate, the environment and Indigenous ...

Scientists Testing Non-Invasive Fish Surveying Techniques

Above: L-R: Dr. Jonathan Fisher and Gordon Adams prepare a baited camera for deployment on the Northeast Newfoundland Slope. Photo by Adam Templeton   Researchers from the Marine Institute (MI) and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently spent 31 days at sea gathering data using state-of-the-art non-invasive surveying techniques within three federal marine conservation areas of Newfoundland and Labrador. The group, headed by MI’s Dr. Jonathan Fisher, surveyed the ...

Scientists Testing Non-Invasive Fish Surveying Techniques

Researchers from the Marine Institute (MI) and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently spent 31 days at sea gathering data using state-of-the-art non-invasive surveying techniques within three federal marine conservation areas of Newfoundland and Labrador. The group, headed by MI’s Dr. Jonathan Fisher, surveyed the areas of the Northeast Newfoundland Slope along the border of Canada’s 200-mile exclusive economic zone, the Hopedale Saddle off the Labrador coast and Funk ...

Wedgeport Tuna Tournament Reels in 200 Fish

Above photo: There were lots of tuna landed during the final weigh-in of the 18th annual Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival on Aug. 27. Kathy Johnson photo     A total of 200 tuna, including 11 bluefins, weighing a total of 19,053 pounds, were caught during the 18th annual Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival from Aug. 20–27. Sixteen fishing boats carrying 125 people participated in this year’s tournament, leaving for the fishing grounds on Aug. 23. Pending the ...

DFO Increasing Vessel Length Limit for Under 40-Foot N.L. Inshore Sub-Fleets

Above: David Greening photo     The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced that it will increase existing vessel length limits for Newfoundland and Labrador’s inshore fishing boats to provide more consistency in all Atlantic Canada regions. Specifically, the existing vessel length requirement for inshore sub-fleets, currently restricted to the less than 39’11” length in overall measurement, will increase to 49’11”. DFO said the announcem...

Status Quo for 2022 SFA 6 Shrimp Quota

DFO Under Fire for Substantial Reductions to Gulf Fishery   As was predicted, it appears inshore harvesters within Northeastern Newfoundland’s shrimp fishing area 6 (SFA 6) will have the same quota as last year. On April 27, the Northern Shrimp Advisory Committee (NSAC) released its decision for the total allowable catch for Northern shrimp, with SFA 6 receiving a small cut of 1.1 per cent. Last year, SFA 6 fishermen were given a 15 per cent increase in the total allowable catch ...

Are Whale Management Measures Levelling Off?

Have the federal government’s recent actions to help protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from fishing gear entanglements and collisions with vessels been working? For now, they appear to be. The Departments of Fisheries, Oceans (DFO) and Transport announced in March that for two successive years, there have been no reported right whale deaths in Canadian waters. This positive news was part of the federally mandated right whale fishery and vessel management measures for the ...