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St. John’s Maritime Rescue Sub-centre to Re-open

Above photo: Both federal and provincial politicians were out in force for the announcement to re-open the St. John’s MRSC. Announcement Part of Broad Federal $1.5-Billion National Oceans Protection Plan Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Dominic LeBlanc explained that re-opening the St. John’s Maritime Rescue Sub-centre was not only the confirmation of the election promise the Liberals made during the 2015 election campaign, but was a key part of ...

Northern Cod Stock Growth Continuing: Report

Reasons Cited Include Low Fishing Levels, More Capelin Amid all the worry and fighting surrounding the province’s declining shellfish fisheries over the past couple of years, the Northern cod stock has been quietly emerging from near annihilation and reclaiming its traditional ocean grounds and annual migration routes. And while those with a stake in the fishing industry search for a way forward in a world with less crab and shrimp to share, some have been turning their gaze toward the ...

Eyes on South Coast Cod: Latest Assessment Raises Concerns About 3Ps Stock

There is a disturbing trend in the health of the cod stocks off Newfoundland’s south coast. Despite low levels of fishing in recent years, the stock in fishing zone 3Ps has not been as healthy or progressing as well as fisheries scientists would like to see. While not in any immediate danger of collapse, the mortality rate has been gradually increasing over the past number of years and the latest Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) stock status assessment — released in February ...

Healthy Tuna Fishery off Newfoundland’s South Coast

When one thinks of bluefin tuna fishing hotspots in the north Atlantic, the south coast of Newfoundland is probably not the first place that comes to mind. But over the last few years a brief, but lucrative tuna fishery is taking place in the area of the St. Pierre Banks and Burin-based fisherman Winston Pitcher is one of the Newfoundland harvesters involved. Pitcher, who has been catching the large, sought after fish for about six years, explained the south coast fishery is a competitive ...

2016 Shrimp Fishery Continues to Face Adversity

A year ago, the shrimp fishery off Newfoundland and Labrador was facing much uncertainty — 12 months later, nothing appears to have changed. Last fall, in the wake of quota cuts, harvesters that depend on the lucrative shrimp fishery were very worried. The inshore shrimp sector had taken a beating in recent years. Federal quota reductions for 2014 included a cut of 20 per cent to Shrimp Fishing Area 6, with the inshore fleet having its allocation reduced by approximately 10,000 tonnes ...

Much Work to Be Done Before Return of Commercial Cod Fishery: Critical Planning Stages Cannot Be Politically Driven, Says Well-Known N.L. Fisherman

Tom Best has no qualms in stating the cod have certainly returned to Newfoundland waters. However, with the apparent bounce back of the groundfish stock, the well-known Petty Harbour fisherman is asking the question on everyone’s mind, now what? Best said he has been working with Department of Fisheries (DFO) scientists for the last eight years on a cod tagging and monitoring program, where fish are tracked by transmitters and hydrophones and is seeing some impressive results. “T...

Prominent Cod Scientist Labels Stock Recovery as “Remarkable”: Dr. George Rose Retiring From CFER in September

The apparent return of cod stocks to the waters off Newfoundland, particularly the Northeast Coast, has been the talk of the Atlantic Canadian fishing industry for several years now. And the research of well-known cod scientist Dr. George Rose has been the catalyst for much of these discussions. In the November 2014 issue of The Navigator, Rose stated that the fishing industry needed to start preparing for a return to Northern cod — creating quite a stir from both harvesters and ...

P.E.I. Allocation Increase: Fishermen Will Land More Giant Bluefin Tuna This Year

Neil Perry might have a chance to land another bluefin tuna this year. The Tignish, Prince Edward Island, fisherman, captain of the Little Moses and operator of Island’s End Tuna Charters, is one of more than 300 commercial tuna license holders in the province who received some good news in late June. Their quota was confirmed to be going up by 30 tonnes, bringing it to a total of about 156 tonnes for the 2015 season. Prior to the increase, the quota was sufficient to allow each licence ...

Newfoundland Panel Accepts Processor’s Cod Price Proposal

Seafoodsnews.com is reporting the Newfoundland Standing Fish Price Setting Panel has released its decision on cod prices and this year it accepted the processor proposal. For the summer fishery from May 22 to August 9, prices will be $.68/pound for grade A, $.38/pound for grade B and $.20/pound for grade C. For the fall and winter fishery, after August 10, prices will be adjusted to $.75/pound, $.40/pound and $.20/pound respectively for quality. This represents a decline from the 2014 ...

Northern Cod Stocks Continue to Improve

For the past five years, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Marine Institute have been funding special cod surveys using the Celtic Explorer, a research vessel from Ireland. These surveys have documented the increasing populations of cod in the traditional spawning areas in the Bonavista Corridor, where the remnant population after the 1992 collapse was concentrated. According to Dr. George Rose, the rebuilding of the Northern Cod stock “parallels the North Sea cod story, ...