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A Man Who Worked Hard for Labrador

Fred Clifford Hall Died July 17, Age 70 Fred Clifford Hall was a man whose friends and colleagues say worked hard to improve life in Labrador communities, particularly those of the Innu and Inuit people. Hall passed away July 17, 2017, at the Dr. L.A. Miller Centre in St. John’s. He was 70. Max Short, a special advisor to former federal Fisheries Minister Brian Tobin when he first met Hall, said he was always impressed with Hall’s determination and commitment to helping the Innu and ...

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 ...

Group’s Spirits Raised on Shipwreck Issue

Coast Guard Recommends Manolis L Oil Removal Following Technical Assessment The shipwrecked tanker Manolis L has given up its innermost secrets after lying on the sea bottom in Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland, for 36 years. Armed with knowledge of how much oil remains in the wreck’s cargo tanks following a detailed technical assessment, the Canadian Coast Guard is recommending to the federal government that potential environment-damaging oil be removed from the wreck as soon as the operation ...

New Boat a Show of Optimism for Future Fishery

Drovers of Upper Island Cove Bring Home Newly Built $2-Million Fishing Vessel There’s nothing that fills a fisherman with pride more than a good boat and knowing that the vessel under your feet provides a sense of security and the efficiency to carry out your work on the often dicy North Atlantic. It’s the kind of pride that lifelong fisherman Walter Drover of Upper Island Cove experienced recently when he took possession of the $2-million Arctic Falcon 1, his new 71-foot by 26-foot ...

EU Seal Products Ban Unjust, Researcher Says

Unclear in Policy and Legal Context; Became Too Political The ban on the importation of seal products into the European Union (EU) was nothing more than a political play aimed at showing the public the animal-loving credentials of their elected representatives, a Finland university researcher says. Nicholas Sellheim, who holds a Ph.D in Law from the University of Lapland in Finland’s northern city of Rovaniemi and a Masters in polar law, said his research shows that although the EU seal ...

Slick Methods Used to Assess Manolis L Oil Tanks

Coast Guard Awaiting Report on Best Options to Deal With Worrisome Shipwreck The North Atlantic is littered with shipwrecks from the many vessels sunk during times of war to the countless others claimed by raging storms, heavy seas and groundings, ice damage, and mechanical failure and fire. What’s different about the old rusting shipwreck MV Manolis L, however, is the huge amount of oil still in its cargo tanks as it lies in 200 feet of water on the seabed in Newfoundland’s Notre Dame ...

Scenes from Brunette Island

Brunette Island in the middle of Fortune Bay is a vast and rugged island that has all the characteristics of many rural parts of the province. It has a sheltered cove — Mercer’s Cove — where the only fishing settlement had existed prior to resettlement of the community in the late 1950s, and where lobster fishermen still come each spring and summer to fish. It has high hills, ponds, marshland, wooded areas and a picturesque coastline. Around Mercer’s Cove there exists the remnants of ...

LIFO Out, But Uneasiness Remains in Shrimp Fishery

SFA 6 Quota Cut by 42 Per Cent – Inshore Harvesters Get 70 Per Cent The LIFO policy may be out but inshore fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador who fought to maintain a right to fish Northern shrimp were not claiming victory quite yet until they see what exactly will replace the Last In, First Out policy on shrimp quota sharing between the inshore and offshore sectors – they did not have to wait long. On July 6, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Minister Dominic LeBlanc ...

Lobster Gives the Province’s Fishery Some Crawl Space

A Bright Spot in Dark Days of Crab and Shrimp Stock Decline, Controversy With predominant fisheries such as snow crab and Northern shrimp soaking up much of the industry’s attention in the province in recent years, the lobster fishery proceeds largely under the radar, though its contribution to many fishermen and rural Newfoundland communities is crucial. It’s a fishery where most will agree management measures in the past — programs of licence buyout, restructuring, conservation ...

Sealers Upbeat About This Year’s Hunt

Crab Season, Ability to Attract Young People Kept Some Away Those involved in the annual seal hunt off Newfoundland and Labrador this spring have been encouraged by the success of the season, even if it is still on a much smaller scale than it was a decade ago. About 60,000 harp seals were taken in the commercial hunt, about 25,000 more than last year — but still a far cry from the total allowable catch (TAC) of 400,000 animals. Ronald Tiller of Newtown, Bonavista Bay, said he and his ...