Contract Awarded for Bulk Oil Removal From Manolis L
The Department of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced today that a contract, valued at $15,106,400.00, has been awarded to Ardent Global LLC for the removal of bulk oil from the Manolis L shipwreck near Change Islands in Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Manolis L, which sank to a depth of more than 70 metres in 1985 off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, lay dormant until April 2013 when cracks in the hull, coupled with a powerful storm, allowed some ...
Seal Fishery Opening April 9
DFO advises Newfoundland and Labrador Seal harvesters that the seal fishery will re-open in Sealing Areas 4 to 23 and Sealing Areas 25 to 27 at 0600 hours on April 9.
This fishery will open for Front Longliners, Areas 5 to 8 Small Boats and Speed Boats, all Area 4 vessels and for Gulf Longliners, Gulf Small Boats, Gulf Speed Boats as well as Personal Use. This includes License Classes N100 to N106, N200 to N204, N300 to N302, and N400-N401.
DFO further advises Seal harvesters having a ...
Dr. Robert Gregory: Casting a Net
Dr. Robert Gregory is a research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and also an adjunct professor at Memorial University.
One could say that he has been schooling young cod and students since 1994.
Let’s talk young fish first. “The program I’ve developed over the years involves analysing young cod and coastal ecosystems in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Gregory.
Gregory studies the early-life stages of cod. He focuses on the nearshore where waters are 10 metres deep ...
Legal Action and Controversy Follow Awarding of Arctic Surf Clam License
When Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc announced his intention last fall to introduce a fourth license for Arctic surf clams, representing 25 per cent of the total allowable catch (TAC), speculation and controversy quickly followed.
And that controversy came to a head Feb. 21 when LeBlanc announced, to the surprise of many industry stakeholders, that the new license for Arctic surf clams would be going to the newly created Five Nations Clam Company.
The minister said the Five Nations ...
Positive News for N.L. Snow Crab Stocks
After reporting years of diminishing snow crab stocks, scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are painting a somewhat brighter picture for the upcoming 2018 fishery off Newfoundland and Labrador.
DFO snow crab lead Dr. Darrell Mullowney said recently that the fishable biomass off Newfoundland (NAFO areas 2HJ3KLNOP4R) is still at a low level, but has shown some small signs of improvement and should be on par with 2016 stock numbers, bucking a trend that demonstrated ...
Creating Value from Fish
Except for lobster, catches of other important commercial fish species have been decreasing in recent years.
And even though cod and other groundfish have been increasing in abundance around Newfoundland and Labrador, it seems like it will be a long time before catches come anywhere close to being able to replace the revenues and incomes lost from decreasing catches of shrimp and crab. That means we will need to maximize value from the catches we are able to take.
So, what is involved in ...
Fisheries Advisory Council Supports Minister’s Position on Adjacency and Calls for Inclusion in the Fisheries Act
The following letter was addressed to Gerry Byrne, N.L. Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources, on Feb. 23, 2018.
Your Fisheries Advisory Council has reviewed the issues associated with the current review of the Federal Fisheries Act.
The federal government is considering a number of additions as part of the proposed amendments to the Fisheries Act. One of the considerations is to advance and improve fisheries management through the incorporation of modern resource management ...
Stop Digging a Graveyard for Our Fisheries
Our fishing industry in Newfoundland and Labrador is in shambles and yet politicians and decision makers are blind to the fish bones piling up in the graveyard and with it, our prime industry, economy and our communities.
Either that, or they simply do not care or have a handle on this industry they are responsible for managing and growing.
Are they aware or concerned about the rapid expansion of the foreign factory trawlers (FFTs) operating off our coasts?
All the while, our groundf...
On the Waterfront – April 2018
Body of Missing Captain Recovered After Grounding of Fisherman's Provider II
The body of the fourth person who was on the Fisherman’s Provider ll, 64-year-old Roger Stoddard, the captain of the vessel, was recovered at approximately 8:30 a.m. Feb. 8 by local fishermen.
The vessel struck what is commonly known as Frying Pan Shoal, near Canso, at approximately 8 p.m. on February 6. Three men were rescued that evening from the boat while a fourth remained onboard. The rescue effort was ...
Twine Loft – April 2018
Passed On: Roger Stoddard – Sydney, N.S. Fisherman
Stoddard, 64, tragically passed away on February 9. On February 6, the Fisherman’s Provider II ran aground just off the coast of Canso. Roger made the decision to stay aboard the ship when his crew departed and he was reported missing shortly after.
Roger spent his entire life working and fishing on the sea and he was truly happiest out on the water. The sea was in his blood.
Passed On: Bernard Smith – Yarmouth, N.S. Fisherma...