The Twine Loft – March 2019
Passed On: William Parsons – Salmon Cove, N.L. labour
Parsons passed away on January 26 at the Carbonear General Hospital following a brief bout with pancreatic cancer. He left his home in Flatrock at the age of 16 to teach, but soon realized that the classroom was not for him, so he moved on to the iron ore mine in what is now Labrador City. Having not yet reached the mandatory age to work in the mine, he worked in the kitchen until his 18th birthday. He signed his first union ...
A Tribute to Donald V. Graham
I always said the
measure of a person is the number of people at their funeral service.
Donald’s service was in Ferryland on Tuesday, January 15.
The day was really bad, gale-force, Northeast winds, drifting snow that turned
to freezing rain, then rain. Not fit to put your dog outdoors.
Despite the terrible weather, the church was filled, not
even standing room, as the old fishermen would say, stogged to the gills.
My reason for my being at the funeral was simple, paying
The Twine Loft – February 2019
Passed On: Bruce Wareham – Arnold’s Cove, N.L. Founder and Chairman Icewater Group of Companies
Wareham, 75, passed away on January 4 after a brief battle with cancer. He was a long-time senior executive with National Sea Products Ltd./High Liner Foods Inc. and later founder and chairman of the Icewater Group of Companies. During his 55-year career in the seafood industry, he was a leader in innovation, adaptation to change and quality-focused seafood processing. Bruce was a long-serving ...
On the Waterfront – February 2019
Crew Safe After Dumping Day Vessel Sinking
The opening day of lobster season unfortunately did not go without incident.
The four-person crew of the Charlene A. escaped injury after the lobster boat sank on dumping day in early December. The crew members were rescued by another lobster vessel.
The Charlene A. began taking on water about 1.5 kilometres off Hacketts Cove, N.S., shortly after leaving the wharf at 7 a.m. The crew turned around and started heading back to port, but the vessel ...
The Twine Loft – January 2019
Passed On: Ralph Atkinson – Yarmouth, N.S. fisherman
Atkinson, 52, passed away on November 21 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born on May 15, 1966 in Everett, Mass., he was a son of the late Janice (Malone) and Peter Atkinson. He was a skilled carpenter, working on many projects including boats, houses and barns. He was at home on the water and was a fisherman most of his life.
Passed On: Loretta Carroll – Griquet, N.L. fisher
Carroll, 77, passed away on November 7. Born in ...
On the Waterfront – January 2019
Yarmouth to Host Major Commercial Fishing Expo
One of Canada’s longest-running, most successful commercial fishing shows returns to the Yarmouth Mariners Centre in two short months.
The Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition, held every two years in southwestern Nova Scotia, offers a comprehensive showcase of commercial marine products and services. The show is presented in partnership with the Navigator Magazine, the Voice of Atlantic Canada’s Fishing Industry.
“2018 has been ...
Seals Continue to Plague N.L. Fishery
As winter arrives, we have time to reflect on this past year’s fisheries pros and cons, quotas, catch rates, challenges and management issues.
There are planned advisory meetings and consultation on future direction, fisher challenges, quotas and impacts of climate change, commercial fishing and natural mortality.
Recently there has been discussion on the impact of grey seal predation on groundfish stocks in the Gulf. There are an estimated 500,000 grey seals (DFO census 2014) or seven ...
Is FFAW Crying Wolf Over 3Ps Cod?
Inshore Sector Increased Catches as Stock Remained Low
One of the characteristics of a fishery is that decisions about harvests run on two tracks: the scientific track of what can be caught sustainably and the allocation track, where fishers and gear sectors fight over who gets what proportions of the catch.
With Newfoundland’s 3Ps cod, mixing up these two tracks can take a relatively clear picture and turn it to mud.
This was the effect of FFAW-Unifor President Keith ...
Dire Predictions for 2019 N.L. Snow Crab Fishery
Above: David Greening Photo
In a fishery that has been shrinking significantly over the last few years, the outlook for Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab might be worse than many were anticipating.
Scientists with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently informed harvesters that the province’s valuable crab stocks are not in good shape at all. In fact, DFO is warning that 80 per cent of the snow crab in the waters off the province’s shores are now smaller than ...