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Northern Cod Science — A Collaborative Effort

Northern cod has been looked on as one of the most important fish stocks for Newfoundland and Labrador for centuries. Through the collapse of the fishery in the early 1990s and to the recent growth in the stock, the assessment of the status of the Northern cod stock is big news in the province. Brian Healey works in the Science Branch of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). He is the senior NAFO science advisor for Fisheries and Oceans Canada and section head of groundfish and is responsi...

Labour Relations Board Orders Hearing Into FISH-NL’s Application

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is not going down without a fight. The upstart labour group recently welcomed a decision by the province’s Labour Relations Board to order a hearing into its application for certification. “We’re one step closer to a vote,” says Ryan Cleary, president of FISH-NL. Glenn Branton, CEO of the Labour Relations Board, wrote a notification in late May to all parties involved in FISH-NL’s applicatio...

On The Waterfront — July 2018

Cape Breton Fishing Accident Claims Two Lives Two Port Hood lobster fishermen died May 12 after their fishing boat capsized off the coast of nearby Colindale less than 100 metres from the shore. Hugh Watts, 39, and Glen MacDonald, 58, were identified as the victims. Watts’ 18-year-old stepson was onboard as well, but managed to make it safely to shore. Watts was a member of the fishermen’s association, which consists of captains in the Inverness County region. MacDonald was Watts’ ...

The Twine Loft — July 2018

Passed On: Glen MacDonald – Port Hawkesbury, N.S. fisherman MacDonald, 58, passed away suddenly as a result of a marine accident on May 12. Born in Inverness, he was a son of Anna Hodgeson and the late Clarence Boudreau. McDonald was a lobster, crab and tuna fisherman from a young age and loved being on the water. He was also employed for many years as an automobile mechanic and will be remembered as a fixer of all things broken. Passed On: Hugh Watts – Port Hood, N.S. fisherman ...

DFO Announces 2018 Newfoundland and Labrador Recreational Groundfish Fishery

DFO advises that in 2018, the recreational groundfish fishery will be open for a total of 39 days. For the 2018 season, there is no requirement for licences or tags.   Summer Season: Saturday, June 30, 2018 to Monday, July 2, 2018 Saturday, July 7, 2018 to Monday, July 09, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 to Monday, July 16, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 to Monday, July 23, 2018 Saturday, July 28, 2018   to Monday, July 30, 2018 Saturday, August 4, 2018 to Monday, ...

Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium Opening its Doors for Season 6

The Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium opens its doors for its 6th season Saturday June 9th at 10am. The 2017 season saw over 18, 000 visitors come through and expectations are even higher for 2018. The non-profit, seasonal, local, catch and release aquarium is prepared for another fun-filled season with new and exciting interactive exhibits in addition to the traditional, local marine species and touch tanks. New exhibits include a beluga whale skeleton acquired from local organization Tangly ...

Understanding the Building Blocks of the Marine Ecosystem

Remember the kids’ underwater mask from the 1960s that had the plastic ball in the snorkel? “I had one of those masks and I stuck my face underwater and saw a bunch of neat things and that’s where it started. I wanted to be a marine biologist or oceanographer ever since I was five years old,” says Dr. Pierre Pepin. “The ocean was always something that was interesting to me. It was a little bit mysterious because you don’t see what’s beneath the surface,” says Pepin. ...

Federal Salmon Farming Audit Makes Eight Recommendations

A report on salmon farming in Canada, released by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Julie Gelfand on April 24, concluded “that Fisheries and Oceans Canada did not adequately manage the risks associated with salmon aquaculture consistent with its mandate to protect wild fish.” The report also said that DFO had not “made sufficient progress in completing the risk assessments for key diseases that were required to understand the effects of salmon aquacult...

Future of FISH-NL Now in Question

After a wait of nearly 16 months, the Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Relations Board finally released a much-anticipated report into the quest of The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) to trigger a certification vote with the aim of representing inshore fish harvesters. However, the report’s findings might not have been the result FISH-NL was hoping for. Submitted to the Labour Relations Board on Dec. 30, 2016, FISH-NL’s application for ...

N.L. Inshore Northern Shrimp Quota Continues to Shrink

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced a 16 per cent cut to the inshore Northern shrimp quota in fishing area 6 — meaning the total allowable catch for SFA 6 went from 10,700 tonnes in 2017 to 8,730 tonnes in 2018. DFO said the reduction was needed to achieve a 10 per cent exploitation rate. The cuts in SFA 6 have been dramatic over the last few years. Last year the total allowable catch (TAC) was cut by 63 per cent — from 27,825 tonnes in 2016 to 10,400 ...