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 ...
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).
Marine Search and Rescue Takes a Team
Above: The MRSC St. John’s is located at the Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic regional headquarters
On Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 at 1:52 a.m., Howard Power got a call that lasted only minutes, but will stay with him for a long time.
Power could hear the panic in the voice on the other end. It was a distress call from a vessel taking on water.
“I could tell from his voice there was something wrong. You get the tone of their voice after a while. He started yelling ‘Mayday ...
PFDs: The Most Talked About Safety Topic in the Industry
Above: Participants in a FSANS safety training exercise. FSANS photo
While it appears that more and more fish harvesters are wearing personal flotation devices (PFDs) when on the water, there is still a way to go in getting the safety message out and improvements to the life saving device.
In both Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, provincial labour regulations stipulate that PFDs must be worn if there is a risk of drowning, applying not only to the fishing industry, ...
NL-FHSA About to Release Five-Year Strategic Plan
Above: Photo by CCGA
A five-year strategic plan being released this spring by the Newfoundland and Labrador-Fish Harvesting Safety Association (NL-FHSA) will build on the foundation of further enhancing the safety culture in the fish harvesting industry.
“It’s a pretty comprehensive plan,” said Brenda Greenslade, executive director of the NL-FHSA in an interview.
“It covers a number of areas, but the framework for it is that we’re building on the foundation. We ...
2021 N.L. Snow Crab Season Begins on a High Note
After a somewhat dismal, COVID-19 impacted 2020 snow crab season, Newfoundland and Labrador harvesters have several reasons to feel good about their prospects in 2021.
The first bit of good news for N.L. crab fishermen came on March 29 when the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) released the management plan for the 2021 snow crab fishery, which included a significant increase of 29 per cent in overall quotas.
The second positive news of note came on March 31 when the N.L. Standing ...
Henry Vokey: Man of a Thousand Boats
Henry Vokey was truly a legend in his own time.
He was a quiet, unassuming and humble family man who grew up in the small fishing village of Little Harbour, Trinity Bay — certainly not the kind of person we usually think about in a line that includes the word “legend.”
A master boatbuilder, Henry was known as the man of a thousand boats.
Like many Newfoundland and Labrador men, Henry developed a keen interest in the art of wooden boatbuilding when he was a boy. From a family of ...
When Will We Ever Learn?
In my lifetime, I have seen many ups and downs in this province of Newfoundland and Labrador that I love very dearly.
Although it’s a harsh and unforgiving land at times, I would not want to live anywhere else.
Most of our problems in this province have been made by our politicians.
Let’s go back to the time we entered Confederation with Canada. We are still not sure if it was by choice or as Donald Trump would say, it was rigged.
When we entered Confederation, we passed over to ...
N.L. Minister Optimistic for Industry Growth in 2021
Above: David Greening photo
Despite COVID-19 challenges, overall, 2020 was a “decent year” for the fishing and aquaculture industries in Newfoundland and Labrador, said Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture Elvis Loveless.
“Overall, from a blanket point of view, I think most would agree we had a decent year in what we would call the biggest industry in this province in terms of importance,” said Loveless in an interview, noting more than 16,000 people are ...