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Positive News for N.L. Snow Crab Stocks

After reporting years of diminishing snow crab stocks, scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are painting a somewhat brighter picture for the upcoming 2018 fishery off Newfoundland and Labrador. DFO snow crab lead Dr. Darrell Mullowney said recently that the fishable biomass off Newfoundland (NAFO areas 2HJ3KLNOP4R) is still at a low level, but has shown some small signs of improvement and should be on par with 2016 stock numbers, bucking a trend that demonstrated ...

Northern Shrimp Biomass in SFA 6 Continues at Critical Level

It looks as though the Northern shrimp fishery off Newfoundland’s northeast coast will soon be receiving another quota cut. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans held a technical briefing recently regarding the 2018 Northern shrimp stock assessment and as was the trend over the last decade, the news was not good — particularly in the beleaguered shrimp fishing area (SFA) 6. SFA 6 is where the majority of the inshore shrimp fishery takes place. DFO scientists announced that in the ...

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 ...

Minister Announces Changes to the Fisheries Act

On February 6, Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced amendments to the Fisheries Act that would restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards to protect our fish and their habitat for generations to come. LeBlanc said the Government of Canada is putting in place better rules to protect the environment. “To preserve, protect and help restore our environment we need a Fisheries Act that Canadians can trust. Today, I am pleased ...

FISH-NL Issues Warning to DFO on Changes to Harvester Registration in Atlantic Canada

The following letter was addressed to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) — National Fisheries Policy Office in Ottawa.   As FISH-NL warns the Government of Canada to proceed with extreme caution and to revisit changes implemented years ago in Newfoundland and Labrador because of the conflict of interest created between the Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board (PFHCB) and FFAW-Unifor, the union that currently represents inshore fish harvesters in collective ...