Seal Fishery Opening April 9
DFO advises Newfoundland and Labrador Seal harvesters that the seal fishery will re-open in Sealing Areas 4 to 23 and Sealing Areas 25 to 27 at 0600 hours on April 9.
This fishery will open for Front Longliners, Areas 5 to 8 Small Boats and Speed Boats, all Area 4 vessels and for Gulf Longliners, Gulf Small Boats, Gulf Speed Boats as well as Personal Use. This includes License Classes N100 to N106, N200 to N204, N300 to N302, and N400-N401.
DFO further advises Seal harvesters having a ...
The Navigator Magazine: Chronicling Atlantic Canada’s Fishing Industry
As you might have noticed from the cover of this magazine, The Navigator is celebrating 20 years of being the authoritative source of trusted, accurate and reliable information on the fishing and marine industries in Atlantic Canada.
Being such an important source of information, not to mention a chronology (See feature on page 54) of the fishing industry, is something The Navigator takes very seriously. Over the last two decades, this magazine has established itself as the go-to read for ...
Back on the Water: Signs Point to Good Spring Season for P.E.I. Lobster Harvesters
April 26, 2017 dawned on Prince Edward Island with a roar of engines as more than 1,000 boats sailed from their home ports to the, hopefully, fertile lobster grounds around the province.
The weather was ideal, a far cry improvement from some setting days in recent years, when obstacles like harbours choked with ice and dangerously high winds have made major problems for harvesters.
But there was nary a sniff of bad tidings this year as the fleet set sail for Lobster Fishing Areas (LFA) 24 ...
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 ...
FISH-NL Signs Up 2,372 Fishermen
Above photo: From left; Peter Leonard, Ryan Cleary and Jason Sullivan
FFAW States Number Far Below Total Needed to Trigger a Certification Vote
The future of the inshore fish harvesting labour movement in Newfoundland and Labrador is now in the hands of that province’s Labour Relations Board.
Since its inception in September of last year, the up-start Federation of Independent Seafood Harvesters or FISH-NL has been leading a boisterous campaign to break away from the established ...
A More Challenging Lobster Season
Lower Landings, Stormy Days Didn’t Lead to Immediate Price Increases
Same quality, lower quantities and strong demand but lower prices — so what gives?
This is the question most lobstermen in LFA 34 (western and southwestern Nova Scotia) are asking themselves as the heady days of Christmas are over and attention now turns to the Chinese New Year and Valentines Day.
Last year, at this time, some harvesters landed product 28 days in a row. This year, high winds cancelled the initial ...
WWF and FFAW Release Northern Cod Plan
WWF-Canada and Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) released their action plan today for rebuilding northern cod in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The comprehensive action plan is a milestone in a fishery improvement project (FIP) run by WWF-Canada and FFAW-Unifor on the northern cod (NAFO divisions 2J3KL) stewardship fishery operating in the inshore, a press release stated. The FIP will implement improvement measures that will ensure continued sustainability once the stock has grown ...
Fishermen Must Form United Front if Industry is to Survive
Tidal turbines in migratory and spawning areas, a proposed ban of lobster imports from North America by Europe, oil and gas sites which could wipe out lobster/groundfish/scallop grounds, and mega-wind farms in the most productive lobster fishing grounds on the planet are all problems which must be met head on.
The only way for success — as the NORIGS group showed in preventing fossil fuel drilling on the Canadian side of Georges Bank — is for the fishing industry to act as one voice.
LFA 25 Harvesters Pleased With 2016 Season
High Prices, Strong Demand and Great Weather Leave Little Room for Complaints
Lobster harvesters from Prince Edward Island are reporting a successful fall season in LFA 25.
Reports say prices are up as much as 20 per cent over last year — there was excellent weather with few days lost to high winds and though accurate catch data had yet to be tabulated as of the writing of this article, estimates put the overall tonnage on par with last season.
“There have definitely been some ...
Offshore, Inshore Shrimp Fleets Elevate Debate Through Public Campaigns
An important report on the future of the province’s northern shrimp fishery is expected to land on federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Hunter Tootoo’s desk by the middle of this month.
In it a ministerial advisory panel will offer advice to Tootoo on whether his department should continue, modify or abolish the controversial Last In, First Out (LIFO) policy for that fishery. If abolished, it is expected to offer advice on what kind of sharing arrangement between the inshore and offshore ...