AG Releases Scathing Report on N.L.’s Newest Ferries
Above photo: MV Legionnaire. David Greening Photo
In their first few years of service, the newest additions to Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial ferry fleet quickly went from being dream boats to duds.
The MV Veteran and MV Legionnaire have been the punchline to more than one joke since they came into service more than five years ago. But more than that, they have been a constant source of frustration for the citizens that depend upon them each day. For example, ...
Fisheries Policy Facing a Period of Political Purgatory
The dust has now settled and after five weeks of verbal barbs and $600 million later, the electorate has spoken and honestly, not much has changed.
After a hard fought and noticeably nasty federal election, the political landscape looks pretty much the same as it did in August.
However, ousted Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan might not agree with the previous statement. The now former Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret’s was soundly defeated by Conservative Rick ...
To Cull or Not to Cull
The 17th century English author and philosopher William Penn once said, “in all debates, let truth be thy aim, not victory, or an unjust interest.”
It is safe to say that when Penn penned these words more than three centuries ago, he had no idea how applicable they would be in describing the decades-old Canadian seal population debate.
Are the millions of hungry harp and grey seals frolicking in the waves of our shores having a negative impact on fish stocks — notably cod? That is ...
Are Right Whales Impacting Consumer Lobster Purchases?
As a few innovative Nova Scotia companies forge ahead with efforts to develop new ropeless fishing technologies, the presence of right whales continues to be a concern for area lobster fishermen and the industry in general.
While the majority of Atlantic right whale sightings in Canadian waters and subsequent fishing closures have taken place to the north in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, lobster fishermen are still worried about an upsurge in the lobbying effort to further protect the endangered ...
N.L. Sea Cucumber Fishery Hindered by Water Reduction Dispute
Newfoundland and Labrador harvesters are locking horns with processors over this year’s sea cucumber fishery.
The point of contention involves processors’ sampling, handling and grading protocols for the 2021 season, particularly involving the reduction for water contained within the harvested sea cucumbers.
The union representing harvesters, FFAW-Unifor, is claiming that harvesters used to deduct 23 per cent of the sea cucumber’s weight across the board to account for the water, ...
Harvesting Plan Announced for 2021 Northern Cod Fishery
With many in the fishing industry hoping to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind them and get back to some sense of normality, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) released the 2021 conservation harvesting plan (CHP) 2J3KL stewardship cod fishery.
Fishermen will not see much difference from last year’s plan. In fact, overall, the 2021 fishery is nearly a carbon copy of the 2020 season.
While the overall catch limit for the 2021 Northern cod (NAFO Divisions 2J3KL) stewardship fishery ...
The European Green Crab: Eradication Might Not be the Answer
Last summer, a story in the Navigator outlined the ongoing efforts to control the spread of the invasive and destructive European green crab in this region.
According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), green crabs were first found in Canadian waters in 1951 in southwest New Brunswick and have since expanded to many other locations in Atlantic Canada. They entered Nova Scotia waters in 1953/1954 and reached just south of Halifax in 1966. By 1982–1983, green crabs were present ...
Price Setting Panel Sides with ASP on Summer Shrimp
Newfoundland and Labrador harvesters will now receive a small increase for their shrimp landings, but not the bump their union was seeking.
Earlier this spring, the Newfoundland and Labrador Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel announced that fishermen would be receiving $1/pound this year for their shrimp. The Fish Food and Allied Workers' union (FFAW) had proposed a price of $1.50/pound to the Panel, but instead it chose the price offered by the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP).
As a ...
The Growing Potential of Seaweed
With the passing of the Cannabis Act (C-45) in June, 2018 paving the way to the legalization of marijuana-related products in Canada on October 17, 2018, weed has become big business.
It was estimated that last year, the total cannabis market in Canada, including medical and recreational products, was expected to generate up to $7 billion in sales in 2020 with $2 to $4 billion coming from the legal recreational market.
Those are some sizeable weed-related dollars.
But is there a more ...
Fishermen Disappointed with 2021 Northern Shrimp TAC
The 2021 fishery in Northeastern Newfoundland’s shrimp fishing area 6 (SFA 6) — the only area where most harvesters have access — continues to frustrate harvesters.
The FFAW-Unifor said its members are disappointed with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) 2021 decision on the total allowable catch (TAC) for Northern shrimp in SFA 6.
“The Northern shrimp stock in SFA 6 has shown strong signs of growth in the past two years, with the stock growing by more than 40 per ...