Northern Shrimp Biomass in SFA 6 Continues at Critical Level
It looks as though the Northern shrimp fishery off Newfoundland’s northeast coast will soon be receiving another quota cut.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans held a technical briefing today regarding the 2018 Northern Shrimp Stock Assessment and as was the trend over the last decade, the news was not good — particularly in the beleaguered Shrimp Fishing Area (SFA) 6.
DFO scientists announced that in the all-important SFA 6, the fishable 2017 biomass has declined to 87,300 tonnes ...
North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show Returns November 16-17
The North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show returns to the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland this fall.
Taking place November 16-17, 2018, this year marks the sixth edition of this biennial event.
After a record-breaking edition in 2016 – featuring more than 100 exhibitors and nearly 4,000 qualified visitors over the course of two days – this year’s event is expected to surpass all previous expectations.
“This event has a history of bringing together key buyers and ...
Cod: Building the Fishery of the Future
It was my distinct pleasure to attend the two-day cod workshop in Gander on November 28 and 29, 2017.
We are indeed fortunate in this province to have a unique teaching/industry hub in the Marine Institute. The staff of this Institute and the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation had put together a very effective two-day forum of cod industry speakers.
The material presented on the United States cod market by the Icelandic and Norwegian speakers was revealing. There is just “no ...
On the Waterfront – February 2018
New Inshore Rescue Boat Station Boosts Arctic Maritime Search and Rescue
Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, recently announced the creation of an Inshore Rescue Boat station in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut which will provide seasonal search and rescue capabilities in that region.
Establishing this new station is a step towards building stronger working relationships with northern communities, and is an important indicator for how Coast Guard services will ...
Twine Loft – February 2018
Passed On: Patrick Quinlan – Bay de Verde, N.L Seafood Processor
Quinlan, 88, passed away in St. John’s on December 15, 2017. He was born in Red Head Cove on November 8, 1929 and began his career in the trucking industry. He and his brother Maurice, bought a general store in the 1950s and then started Quinlan Brothers Limited in 1954. The business grew from there, expanding into fresh and frozen fish production and then to marketing their products under the “Q” brand that is so well ...
DFO Oceanography: Dr. Fraser Davidson — Counting on the Currents
A brightly coloured map of the world glows from a computer monitor.
It looks like a painting with bright, coloured points scattered across the oceans from one side of the earth to the other. There are 3,800 dots across the map of the world, which represent drifters, free-drifting oceanographic devices that collect data from the ocean.
These drifters measure the temperature and the amount of dissolved salt in the water (water salinity), and the readings are picked up by satellites as they ...
CCG Seeking Proposals for Manolis L Oil Removal
Today, the federal government announced that in the coming months, the Canadian Coast Guard will be seeking proposals from qualified marine salvage companies for bulk oil removal from the wreck of the Manolis L.
The freighter sank in January 1985 near Change Islands in Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador.
In 2013, oil pollution was traced to the wreck and ever since then, the Canadian Coast Guard Environmental Response team has routinely been on scene to ensure that no significant ...
MI Establishes New Regional Aquaculture Centre in Coast of Bays
A new centre has been established to support the rapidly growing aquaculture industry in the Coast of Bays region on Newfoundland’s South Coast.
The Coast of Bays Regional Aquaculture Centre (COB-RAC), a unit of the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University, is ideally positioned to better meet the training, research, development and technology transfer needs of the expanding aquaculture industry and to address the training needs of the broader maritime industry in the Coast of ...
Beneath the Surface
A professor in the Department of Ocean Science at Memorial University recently unveiled a series of underwater photos from various Newfoundland harbours and the results were quite disturbing.
Corey Morris explained that the purpose of the survey, conducted from 2007 to 2016, was to study the effects of harbour infrastructure on fish and fish habitat. But it was the amount of garbage on the bottom that really stood out, he noted.
The researchers monitored 20 locations over the course of ...
The New Face of Cod
International Markets and Products Have Changed Considerably since 1992
The international markets for cod are now a whole lot different than they were 25 years ago.
The last time Newfoundland and Labrador cod was a substantial export was prior to the groundfish moratorium in 1992. Pre-moratorium, frozen cod block was the main product being churned out by N.L. fishplants. Jump ahead two-and-half decades and the world groundfish/whitefish market is almost unrecognizable compared to the cod ...