gulf of st.lawrence 18 results

Warming Waters Could Change the Gulf as We Know it, DFO Reports

The Gulf of St. Lawrence is warming and losing oxygen and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) said it will have a profound impact on species that call the Gulf home. Waters in the Gulf estuary and northern Gulf are warming rapidly, especially in deep waters, where average temperatures have increased by 1.8°C since 2009. “It’s primarily due to a change in water masses, with greater contributions of warmer Atlantic waters relative to colder Arctic waters entering the Gulf of ...

What Would our Great, Great Grandparents Think?

The growth, development and emergence of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island’s successful Gulf of St. Lawrence fisheries can be traced back to a resourceful and forward-thinking group of 19th century pioneers. These pioneers realized that fishing need not only be a subsistence activity, but had immense commercial potential — not only regionally, but around the world. In the mid-to-late 1800s, a growing commercial fishery emerged from such N.B. harbours as Nipisiguit/Bathurst, Tracad...

Status Quo for Atlantic Halibut TAC

While the total allowable catch (TAC) remains unchanged for Atlantic halibut in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (NAFO area 4RST) for the 2022/23 season, the TAC for Greenland halibut has increased by 19 per cent. A TAC of 2,400 tonnes has been established for 4RST Greenland halibut, up from 2,025 tonnes for a one-year period starting May 15, while the Atlantic halibut TAC has been set at 1,716 tonnes. The increase in Greenland halibut quota “is consistent with the precautionary approach ...

Fishery Squabble has Industry Players Seeing Red

Dispute Growing Over Allocation of Unit 1 Redfish It was inevitable that the interest in the growing redfish stock in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and portions of the Cabot Strait would continue to increase. It was also inevitable that competing groups for the potentially lucrative fishery would start drawing proverbial lines in the sand. Over the last few years, many facets of the Atlantic Canadian fishing industry have been quietly whispering and speculating on the growing redfish popula...

Ghost Gear Fund Draws 13 Proposals for Work in Gulf of St. Lawrence

A second call for proposals under the federal government’s Sustainable Fisheries Solutions and Retrieval Support Contribution Fund (Ghost Gear Fund) has attracted a total of 31 applications, including 13 proposals for work in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Eleven of the Gulf of St. Lawrence proposals focus on disposal and recycling of end-of-life fishing gear. “The projects are currently being evaluated, and information on the successful projects will be made available in the coming ...

Tracking Whales With Sound

This Could Be a Promising Innovation, Provided it is Used Properly   The presence of North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence comes with major challenges: understanding where these whales are found, how many there are and what they do. Several techniques exist to obtain answers to these questions, including observation from vessel and aerial surveys, tagging and even drones. Another major category of solutions lies in acoustic devices, whether they are underwater ...

Redfish Biomass in Gulf Unprecedented

The biomass of the two redfish species combined accounted for 90 per cent of the total biomass of all captured organisms in the 2019 research survey conducted by federal fisheries scientists in the Estuary and northern Gulf of St. Lawrence. “This relative biomass of redfish is unprecedented and could have important ecological impacts on other species,” reads the latest DFO stock assessment on redfish species sebastes mentella and sebastes fasciatus. By comparison, the biomass of the ...

Outlook Bleak for Southern Gulf Spring Herring Stock

The outlook is bleak for the spring spawning herring stock in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence, with the most recent stock assessment projecting it could be close to extinction in 10 years. “In the projections it doesn’t reach zero but goes pretty close to zero,” said Francois Turcotte, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) marine biologist based in Moncton, N.B. There is “a lot of uncertainty” around the projection which is based on the declining biomass, said Turcotte. ...

Redfish Rebound Continuing in The Gulf

Unit 1 Stock up 20 Per Cent in One Year Redfish are making a comeback in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, with estimates the stock has reached three million tonnes in Unit 1, an increase of 20 per cent in one year. “It’s a very impressive situation. It’s not something we see often,” said DFO biologist Caroline Senay. “It’s maybe not a good story for Northern shrimp, but overall you cannot be unhappy a fish that was almost gone is coming back.” Under moratorium since the 1990s, ...

Immediate Action Needed to Save Whales

We are devastated at the loss of now six right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It was one, then two, then four, five and now six. It has left our team and our allies sickened and heartbroken. It has left us angry and wanting to take emergency action. Of the six precious whales now confirmed dead, I will tell you about two briefly. Whales such as the matriarch Punctuation, who birthed eight calves and was responsible for multiple grandchildren after that and the newly mature male ...