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Government Document is an Insult to Fishing Industry

I have read many Government of Canada documents. Some of them caused me to roll my eyes, some of them caused chuckles, some were examples of great work and there has been one document that was the most insulting thing I have ever read. That insulting document is the reason I write this letter. The Canadian Government is about to designate a part of the ocean as an MPA (marine protected area). Before they do so, they are asking for input from the general public and the document they are ...

Fishermen Pot Their Own Snow Crab Science

Veteran N.L. Fisherman Wayne Russell Says His Own Survey Shows Crab Stocks Healthy It’s an old story in Newfoundland and Labrador that fishermen and scientists do not often see eye-to-eye on what’s happening out on the water. As sure as a cold northerly wind sweeps along the coast in the fall, a wave of disputes over the actual state of fishing stocks will follow in the wake. The province’s snow crab fishery was dealt a drastic blow this year with huge quota cuts after Department ...

Ice-Related Compensation Announced for Plant Workers

Federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos, has announced income support for Newfoundland and Labrador fish plant workers impacted by severe ice conditions. “I was pleased to host Minister Crocker, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources, to discuss the situation of workers impacted by the ice conditions along the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. Through various Employment Insurance (EI) program measures, the Government of ...

DFO Provides Ice-Related Emergency Funding

On Friday, the Department of Fisheries, Oceans announced that the Government of Canada will provide emergency assistance to fishers in Newfoundland and Labrador, and Quebec, who are, or have been, prevented from fishing because of the current severe ice conditions. Under the Ice Assistance Emergency Program, a total of up to $5 million has been allocated for payments for eligible applicants residing in Newfoundland and Labrador, and Quebec, who have been affected by ice conditions in their ...

FFAW Renews Calls for Ice-Related Income Bridging

Severe ice conditions continue to affect people working in the fishing industry and harvesters and plant workers have been without income for several weeks, some for over two months, the Fish, Food and Allied Workers stated today in a press release. Over the past few weeks, FFAW leadership has met with the senior DFO officials, Premier Dwight Ball and fisheries minister Steve Crocker to emphasize the dire situation hundreds of families are experiencing. Repeated calls by the FFAW, provincial ...

Warming Waters Creating Even Hotter Fishing?

While fledgling U.S. President Donald Trump may scoff at the idea of global warming, those involved in the Atlantic Canadian fishery might be of another opinion. There is absolutely no doubt that fisheries in this region have been changing over the last decade, with most folks pointing the finger at warming water temperatures. A recent study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has suggested future warming of ocean waters off the eastern seaboard may be greater ...

A Life Forging Ahead on Sea and Land

Above photo: The Merasheen Venture is currently fished by the Forseys. It was purchased by Max Forsey as a temporary boat while he searched for a larger vessel. Submitted photo. Newfoundland Fisherman Maxwell Forsey Passed Away in August, Aged 65 On a wall in Travis Forsey’s shed in Fortune are photos of the fishing vessels his father, Maxwell (Max) Forsey had fished on or had bought over the years while running his fishing enterprise. There are photos of Max Forsey and his ...

Ocean Farming in 3-D

Former Newfoundlander Making Eco-Friendly Waves in the U.S. Bren Smith would love to see his 3-D ocean farm model set up around the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador. It would be one piece of the puzzle in solving the province’s current economic problems, he says, and offset the decline in key commercial fishing stocks such as crab and shrimp, and the northern cod moratorium. In fact, Smith’s vision of the future fisherman is one not chasing fish at all, but farming it. “That ...

Ten-Year-Old Tuna Master Beats Own Record

Koen Norton has another record breaker on his hands. The 10-year-old, Montague, Prince Edward Island boy set out this past tuna season to set a world record in his age category and by all accounts he succeeded, landing a 486-pound bluefin tuna in early August off Naufrage Harbour in Eastern P.E.I. Well, Koen wasn’t quite satisfied with his catch, so he and his father Greg set out for one more attempt at an even bigger record catch. He ended up smashing his own record by reeling in an ...

Changes to Newfoundland and Labrador’s Recreational Groundfish (Cod) Fishery

More Days of Recreational Fishing This Year Followed by Public Consultations Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, and Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity on behalf of Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, today announced an extension to Newfoundland and Labrador’s recreational groundfish (cod) fishery. In 2016, the public will be able to fish cod for a total of 46 days during the annual recreational groundfish fishery. ...