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N.L. Establishes HELP Program for Vessel and Licensing Loans

Above: David Greening photo   The government of Newfoundland and Labrador recently announced a $15-million investment by the Innovation and Business Investment Corporation (IBIC) to enhance the province’s Fisheries Loan Guarantee Program, overhauling it into the Harvester Enterprise Loan Program. The retooled program was announced by Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture Minister Elvis Loveless alongside the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) President Greg Pretty inside ...

FFAW Will Have a New Captain at the Helm

By July 25, 2024, members of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) will elect a new president. Current president Greg Pretty, who has served in the position since 2023, announced his retirement after 40 years with the union. “I’m retiring. My last day will be November 19 of this year,” said Pretty. “This union is extremely significant to our members and to rural Newfoundland and to the future of this fishery, so it’s an important position. We will be looking at it very ...

N.L. Crab Season Seeing Higher Prices and Good Catches

Despite a rocky start to the season, reports of Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2024 crab season have been overwhelmingly positive. Before the start of the season, pricing negotiations between the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) and the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) broke down, leading to a week-long holdout while harvesters fought for a higher price for their catch. Initially, the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel set a floor price of $2.60 per pound for snow crab before ...

N.L. Snow Crab Fishery Begins After Week-Long Pricing Dispute

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) and the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) recently came to an agreement to start the Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab fishery with a minimum price of $3 per pound, up from the previous decision of $2.60. The agreement was announced on April 14, around 12 hours before a union-led demonstration was scheduled in St. John’s to protest the previous pricing decision and after a week-long tie-up wherein none of the province’s 57,586-tonne ...

Fishing Accident off N.L.’s West Coast Claims Lives of Uncle and Nephew

On the morning of April 21, 2024, the 23-foot fishing vessel Miss Jenny capsized near Molly Ann Cove, N.L., claiming the lives of two crewmembers. At approximately 11 a.m. on the day of the incident, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) received a report of people in the water near Molly Ann Cove. In response, the CCG sent out a mayday relay to vessels in the area, as well as tasking the CCGS Cape Edenshaw out of Lark Harbour, N.L. A Cormorant helicopter out of Gander, N.L. was also sent by the ...

What is the Future of the N.L. Fish Price Setting Panel?

For nearly two decades, the Newfoundland and Labrador fishery has contended with the influence of the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel. For the last two years, the Panel’s inability to avoid protests, delays and a general sense of unrest amongst the fishery has brought the institution’s validity into question. The “need” for a panel was highlighted by Richard Cashin, one of the founders of what became the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW), in the 2005 Cashin Report. At ...

Another Bad Year for Wild Salmon Stocks Across N.L.

Wild Atlantic salmon in Newfoundland and Labrador have seen a second year of increasingly low returns, with most of the province’s rivers being classified by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) as being in critical condition. While salmon stocks are usually assessed biannually, low river returns in 2023 triggered an unscheduled stock assessment for 2024. Atlantic salmon born in Newfoundland spend between two to five years in their home river before going out to sea, while Labrador ...

DFO Reframes the Way it Assesses Capelin Stocks in 2024

While capelin stocks off Newfoundland and Labrador are still well below the levels seen pre-1991, a newly established limit reference point was “welcomed news” for fish harvesters in the province. Capelin stocks underwent a collapse in 1991 that saw the stock’s biomass plummet from 8,000 kilotonnes, or 8,000,000 tonnes, to well under 250 kilotonnes. The stock’s biomass currently sits at 333 kilotonnes. Since the collapse, capelin have adopted a new strategy wherein the population ...

DFO Adopts New Cod Framework for 2024 Assessment

Northern cod populations in 2J3KL off Newfoundland and Labrador have remained around the same levels since 2016, but a new limit reference point reframed how the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) interprets the stock. Following nearly two decades of little to no growth since cod stocks collapsed in 1992, cod saw a period of growth between 2010 and 2016, seeing the stock achieve a spawning stock biomass between 300–400 kilotonnes. This number has held steady since 2016, according to ...

N.L. Harvesters Secure Outside Buyers, but Price Decisions Could Spell Further Unrest

Above: John Efford Jr., flanked by FFAW President Greg Pretty (Left) and FFAW Secretary Treasurer Jason Spingle (Right), address the crowd of harvesters after their meeting with Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture Minister Elvis Loveless.    Newfoundland and Labrador harvesters won what they considered a major victory in late March, only for their enthusiasm to be dashed by what they see as another year of disappointing snow crab prices. Now, facing a minimum price of $2.60 per ...