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Cod Fishery Closing in NAFO Divisions 4RS and Sub-Division 3Pn

DFO advises that the directed competitive Cod fishery in NAFO Divisions 4RS and sub-Division 3Pn, for fixed gear vessels less than 65 feet, using six gillnets or 2000 hooks, will close at 1200hrs (noon) on Friday, July 17, 2015. This closing is for the following vessel classes: enterprises based in Western NL and Southern Labrador - 4R3Pn (A274, A275, A277, A278) enterprises based in 3Ps with overlap rights to 3Pn (A263, A266, A269,A272) The reason for the closure is that the quota ...

2015 Recreational Groundfish Fishery Opening

DFO advises that the dates for the 2015 summer Recreational groundfish Fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador will be Saturday, July 18 to Sunday, August 09, 2015, with a fall fishery from Saturday, September 19 to Sunday, September 27, 2015. The recreational groundfish fishery will occur in all NAFO areas around Newfoundland and Labrador, which includes 2GH, 2J3KL, 3Ps, 3Pn, and 4R. The public is reminded that fishing is not permitted in the Eastport and Gilbert Bay Marine Protected ...

Cod Fishery Opening in NAFO Divisions 4RS and Sub-Division 3Pn

DFO advises that the directed competitive cod fishery in NAFO Divisions 4RS and sub-Division 3Pn, for fixed gear vessels less than 65 feet, using six gillnets or 2,000 hooks, will open at 0600hrs on Monday, July 6, 2015. This opening is for the following vessel classes: Enterprises based in Western NL and Southern Labrador - 4R3Pn (A274, A275, A277, A278) Enterprises based in 3Ps with overlap rights to 3Pn (A263, A266, A269,A272) Fish harvesters are reminded of the following: ...

Cod and Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

A generation ago, baby boomers were entering the workforce in big numbers and they needed jobs. In Atlantic Canada, a lot of those baby boomers lived in rural areas, with few local employment opportunities. Many were moving away, leaving their families and communities behind. “Jobs, jobs, jobs,” was the rallying cry of politicians during elections, in the hope of getting themselves elected. As it happened, the need for jobs occurred around the time Canada obtained the 200-mile ...

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, ...

FFAW and WWF Join Forces on Cod Fisheries Improvement Project

A new Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) led by the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) and WWF-Canada is aiming to bring a renowned Newfoundland and Labrador cod fishery that’s been under a fishing moratorium since 1992 back to a healthy level — and eventual commercial viability. The northern cod stock in NAFO area 2J3KL has shown clear signs of growth in some areas since 2006, with current trends pointing to even larger increases if current and future fisheries are well ...

Back to the Future: Return of the Cod

Cod are increasing in abundance off the northeast coast of Newfoundland and Labrador and on the Grand Banks, in NAFO zone 2J3KL. That is either good or bad news for people in our industry, depending on their individual circumstances. I thought it might be worth considering some of the implications of this development. Why Are Cod Increasing in Abundance? The main reason seems to be climate change. Temperatures around the world have been increasing over several decades, mainly due to ...

Cod Management Conundrum

There were very clear lessons to be learned from the Newfoundland and Labrador groundfish moratorium of the early 1990s, as well as the overfishing of cod in the North Sea during the same period. For Atlantic cod stocks to be sustainable in the future, sensible management and harvesting practices must take place in order to avoid the need for drastic measures, such as the infamous 1992 moratorium. At the time, it seemed Newfoundland and Labrador’s harsh reality would be the only example ...