The Twine Loft – May 2019
Passed On: Robert Comeau – Meteghan Centre, N.S. machinist
Comeau, 86, passed away on March 3 at home. Born in Meteghan River, he was a son of the late Albenie and Marguerite (Melanson) Comeau. He joined the army on August 4, 1950 where he trained at Camp Borden and afterwards in Petawawa with the 1st Battalion R.C.R. He was awarded his Paratroopers Wings on Jan. 26, 1951 in Rivers, Manitoba. Robert served in Korea from March 1952–March 1953. He was awarded the U.N. Medal, Korean Medal and ...
Fishermen Relieved as N.L. Snow Crab Quota Only Cut by Nine Per Cent
Positive News Continues as Gulf Fishery TAC Gets Major Boost and Prices Increase
In the wake of protests and a public outcry over rumours of a possible 30 per cent quota reduction, or higher, the 2019 Newfoundland snow crab fishery only received a nine per cent overall cut after all.
The total allowable catch (TAC) for Newfoundland and Labrador Region in 2019 was set at 26,894 tonnes, an overall quota level decrease of nine per cent from 2018 (29,390 tonnes). This included no change in 2HJ, ...
Positive News for Northern Cod
DFO Reports 2J3KL Spawning Stock Biomass Improves to 48 Per Cent of Limit Reference Point
After a setback last year, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently reported that the iconic Northern cod stock off Newfoundland appears to be in better shape than initially thought.
The good news is that the spawning biomass (SSB) for 2J3KL cod has returned to its level of two years ago, about 48 per cent of the critical level needed for a healthy fishery or 398,000 tonnes.
In fact, ...
FISH-NL Needs Immediate Funds or Will Fold
The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) will close by the end of April and abandon a second attempt at certification unless inshore harvesters step up to the plate and pay their dues.
“I'll say it again, FISH-NL can do this with you, but we can't do it for you,” says Ryan Cleary, President of FISH-NL.
“The FISH-NL executive is not prepared to lead a second membership drive that’s guaranteed to fail and it will fail without the support of ...
The Twine Loft – April 2019
Passed On: Murray Ossinger – Gunning Cove, N.S. fisherman
Ossinger, 89, passed away at the Roseway Hospital on February 13. Born in Watertown, Maine, he was a son of the late Hilburne and Eva (Goulden) Ossinger. He was an avid fisherman all his working life.
Passed On: Martin Fisher – Southwest Port Mouton, N.S. fisherman
Fisher, 57, passed away on February 8 at the Queens General Hospital, Liverpool. Born in Liverpool, he was a son of Hazel (Allison) Fisher of Port Mouton and the ...
On the Waterfront – April 2019
Aerial Surveillance Contract Awarded to N.L. Company
The federal government recently announced that it is awarding a five-year, $128 million contract to PAL Aerospace, an international aerospace and defence company based in St. John’s.
This new contract will provide fisheries officers with longer range aircraft, expanding their range of operations and giving them enhanced tools to combat illegal fishing and increase Canada’s maritime security. The contract will also allow high-fishing ...
N.L. Snow Crab Stocks Appear to be Holding Their Own
FFAW Upset Over Precautionary Approach Framework
Above: FFAW officials met with the media to discuss the 2019 snow crab assessment.
After reporting years of diminishing snow crab stocks, scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are reporting a somewhat brighter picture for the second year in a row.
At its 2019 annual snow crab technical meeting, DFO said the fishable biomass off Newfoundland (NAFO areas 2HJ3KLNOP4R) continues to be at a seriously low level, but has ...
Shrimp Stocks in SFA 6 Show Signs of Life
Fishable Biomass Down in Northern SFAs 4 and 5
The beleaguered Northern shrimp fishery off Newfoundland’s northeast coast recently received a small shot in the arm — particularly in the all-important shrimp fishing area (SFA) 6.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) held a technical briefing in February regarding the 2019 Northern shrimp stock assessment and to the surprise of many, the stock in SFA 6 finally seems to be holding its own. SFA 6 is where the majority of the inshore ...