Grieg Outlines Ongoing Development of N.L. Operations
Plans are on track for the first three million smolt from the Grieg Seafood N.L. salmon hatchery and nursery in the Marystown Industrial Park to be transferred to marine grow-out sites in Placentia Bay next spring.
One of the world’s largest indoor hatchery and nursery facilities, Grieg’s operation incorporates recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) technology designed by AquaMaof, Israel.
“Their design is a total recirculation of water to retain as much water as we possible ...
Still More Questions Than Answers
Are you one of those people that, probably out of pandemic-related boredom, has typed your name into the Google search engine just to see what pops up?
Have you ever found anything interesting? Any nomenclature doppelgangers out there with your name walking around doing interesting or absolutely bizarre things?
Now, what happens if you enter the words cod collapse into the world’s most used search engine?
The top entry that emerges is a Wikipedia post entitled “Collapse of the ...
Mark Blundon On the Water
N.L. photographer Mark Blundon has been providing the Navigator Magazine with photos of local fisheries vessels for several years.
Photos by Mark Blundon
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, ...
Christmas in July
Once upon a time, not too long ago, there was a sure, telltale sign a provincial election was looming in Newfoundland and Labrador.
One would always know, particularly in rural areas of the province, that the dropping of the writ was eminent when shiny new firetrucks would start rolling into firehall parking lots everywhere. For some reason, the governing party of the time always seemed to think that the best way to secure votes in the bays and coves around the province would be to hand over ...
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, ...