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 ...
Status Quo on Cod Prices and Recreational Fishery Rules
While the overall catch limit for the 2021 Northern cod (NAFO Divisions 2J3KL) stewardship fishery (12,999 tonnes) will be 649 tonnes more than last year, harvesters will not be getting a price increase for their catches.
In its May 20 decision, the N.L. Standing Fish Price Setting Panel stated that the FFAW’s final price offer for the opening to July 31 was $0.98/pound for Grade A, $0.47/pound for Grade B and $0.20/pound for Grade C. For August 1 to the end of the season, the FFAW ...
TriNav Marine Design Selected as Hull Design Efficiency Challenge Winner
Above: TriNav Marine Design director Rick Young at the company's head office in St. John's.
Local Naval Architecture Firm Unveils Innovative E-FINN Fishing Boat Design
For generations, Atlantic Canadians have proven themselves to be some of the most innovative fishing boat designers and builders in the world.
Now, another company from this region will be drawing on its decades of naval architecture experience to add a new chapter to the way fishing vessels are designed and ...
A Greene Perspective on the Fishery
For every issue and problem that surfaces in the Atlantic Canadian fishery, there are an exponential number of possible solutions offered up — many of which never see the light of day.
There is a litany of reasons why ideas aimed at “fixing” many of the systemic problems in today’s fishery never amount to more than lip service — including a lack of trust and cooperation. So, it will be interesting to see what happens to a few high-profile observations and nuggets of wisdom that ...
N.L. Harvesters Seeing Record High Crab Prices
The news for Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab fishermen keeps getting better at every turn.
After a dismal, COVID-19 impacted 2020 season, N.L. harvesters must be looking skyward, thinking some higher power must be looking down favourable upon them.
The latest bit of good news came on April 25 from the province’s Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel.
In late March, the Panel had sided with the FFAW’s proposed price of $5.73/pound over the Association of Seafood Producers’ (ASP) ...
2021 Northern Shrimp Price Drops to $1/Pound
While snow crab harvesters reap the rewards of record-setting prices this year, the same can’t be said for the struggling Northern shrimp fishery.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel recently announced that fishermen will 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).
Cleary Behind Another Organization to Represent Independent Owner-Operators
After a hiatus of nearly two years, another attempt, involving a familiar name or two, is being made to form another organization representing inshore fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador.
In April, a news release announced that a new group — the Seafood Enterprises Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (SEA-NL), was being formed to serve as the independent voice of the province’s more than 3,000 licensed commercial inshore fish harvesters.
“Owner-operators are a distinct group ...
Safety in the Fishery Must be Unwavering
Our collective thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones as we remember:
Edward Norman, age 67
Scott Norman, age 35
Jody Norman, age 42
Isaac Kettle, age 33
Aaron Cogswell, age 29
Leonard Gabriel, age 55
Daniel Forbes, age 37
Michael Drake, age 48
Eugene Francis, age 48
Charles Roberts, age 58
This list of Atlantic Canadian fish harvesters, lost in 2020 when their fishing vessels sank, is a stark and painful reminder of the risks that fishermen ...