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Landmark Reconciliation Agreement Reached in the Arctic Surf Clam Fishery

Fourteen First Nations Announce Landmark Agreement with Clearwater on Arctic Surf Clam A total of 14 First Nations communities in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador and Clearwater Seafoods Incorporated announced they have reached a landmark agreement to the benefit of all parties. The agreement forges a 50-year partnership that protects existing jobs in the Arctic surf clam fishery while creating meaningful economic, employment and capacity building for the fourteen First Nations ...

DFO Awards New Arctic Surf Clam License

On Feb. 21. Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc announced that a new license for Arctic surf clam will be issued to the Five Nations Clam Company. This decision will significantly enhance Indigenous participation in the offshore fishery in Atlantic Canada. The Five Nations Clam Company is a new entity that will be comprised of First Nations from Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. This entity will partner with Premium Seafoods to ...

Federal Budget 2016 Highlights

The federal Liberal Government’s first budget contained quite a few items that directly impact the fishing and marine industries in Atlantic Canada. Some of the most notable were extension changes to the Employment Insurance program. Dramatic declines in global oil prices since late 2014 have produced sharp and sustained unemployment shocks in commodity-based regions. In response to these unemployment shocks, Budget 2016 proposes to make legislative changes to extend the duration of EI ...

Work Rewarded: Roger Sark Honoured by Atlantic First Nations Chiefs for Fisheries Work

Roger Sark received a surprising phone call recently. He was informed that he was to be honoured by the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs as the 2015 Fisheries Business Person of the Year. It's not something he was expecting, but it’s welcome all the same, Sark said. “I was thrilled,” he said. “It's always great to be recognized for the work you do amongst your peers in the industry. I was quite happy.” “It was a learning process for me, every step ...

First Nations Family Receives Captain and Crew of the Year Honours

“We work as a team.” It’s a simple statement, but one each crew member of the Sea Predator repeats over and over when they talk about their work as fishermen. Captain Billy Francis and his crew — comprised of his sister, Jamie Parker and her husband, Larry Parker — were recently honoured as Captain of the Year and Crew of the Year by the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nation Chiefs Secretariat in the Commercial Fisheries Award category. They were given the awards by Ken ...