A Hard Year For Ice: Plant Workers Included in Federal Compensation Plan
Newfoundland and Labrador is no stranger to ice floes, but even the most seasoned marine veteran will tell you that the 2017 season has been unprecedented.
Almost daily northeasterly gales blasted the province’s east coast all spring, leading to unusually thick arctic ice being rafted unto the shore, blocking harbours and preventing many fishermen from reaching the snow crab grounds.
As a result of the constant fishing delays and much lobbying by stakeholders in the province, the ...
Cod — Building the Fishery of the Future
The Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation will be holding a conference on the theme Cod —Building the Fishery of the Future at the Quality Hotel and Suites in Gander on November 22 and 23, 2017.
We are holding the conference to provide people who expect to be part of the future cod industry with information they will need to prepare for it.
In this column, I don’t usually talk much about the work we do at CCFI. My purpose is more to challenge the industry to think about what we do ...
On the Waterfront – August 2017
Polar Prince on Epic Voyage
A St. John’s-based Canadian icebreaker is on an epic voyage of discovery across the Arctic to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.
The Canada C3 ship, the Polar Prince, is a 220-foot former Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker currently on a 23,000-kilometre voyage from Toronto to Victoria, via the Northwest Passage, stopping in many ports along its route.
The Canada C3’s journey from the Great Lakes into the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific oceans has four main ...
The Twine Loft – August 2017
Passed On: Clifford Aucoin – Cheticamp, N.S. Fisherman
Aucoin, 80, passed away June 20 at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre. Born in Grand Etang, Inverness County, to the late Denis and Minnie (LeFort) Aucoin, he served 28 years with the RCAF in air traffic control. For 25 years he was President of the Northern Cape Breton Fishing Vessel Association and was also consultant for the Cheticamp Monitoring Association for 15 years.
Passed On: Willie Boudreau – Petit Etang, N.S. ...
Status Quo for 2017 N.L. Recreational Groundfish Fishery
After much public consultation, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced that there will be no changes to the regulations governing the recreational groundfish (cod) fishing season for Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec’s Lower North Shore.
In 2016, the fishing season was extended by 14 days to allow a total of 46 fishing days. These measures will remain in place for the 2017 season.
In November 2016, DFO held a series of regional consultations, eight public ...
Crisis in Our Ocean 25 Years After the Moratorium
In 1992, there was a moratorium called on what was one of the greatest cod stocks of the world, the Northern cod of Newfoundland and Labrador — it was supposed to be for a couple of years.
Fast forward to 2017, 25 years later, we are facing the same things again. What has happened?
After the cod moratorium, many people called for an inquiry as to what happened but alas no government would take it on. For a few years after the moratorium, our coastal communities were kept alive with ...
25 Years After the Moratorium
July 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the announcement of the moratorium on fishing Northern cod off the northeast coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, in NAFO Divisions 2J3KL.
It is worth noting that 1992 was just 15 years after Canada obtained a 200-mile exclusive economic zone, with widespread expectations that we could increase our fish catches substantially but resources would still increase in abundance over time, due to good Canadian management.
However, the 1992 moratorium was ...
OCI Announces Investment in Fortune Plant
On June 22, Ocean Choice International announced a $1-million investment in its Fortune, Newfoundland processing facility.
“With respect to our plans for the Fortune operation we are pleased to have the full support of the local FFAW the workers and the Town of Fortune as we secure the future of the plant in Fortune. We also appreciate the engagement of the Provincial government and the local MHA’s in working through a solution that provides a good future for the employees in Fortune and ...
Price of Shrimp Increased by 31.5 Per cent
The Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel sided with harvesters on June 21 when it agreed to a proposal from Newfoundland and Labrador shrimp fishermen to increase the minimum price to $1.25/pound, up from the original 2017 price of $.95/pound set in April.
The bump amounts to a 31.5% increase and is the minimum price for all shrimp sizes landed this summer, which range from two grams and up.
Processors, represented by the Association of Seafood Producers, had proposed a price of $1.04/pou...
FFAW Responds to Twillingate Shrimp Plant Closure
The Notre Dame shrimp processing plant in Twillingate informed workers June 21 that it will be permanently closed as a result of the declining resource.
The plant employed close to 100 workers during peak processing season.
“The shrimp plant was a pivotal piece in the economy of Twillingate, and its loss will surely be felt for years to come despite our booming tourism industry,” says Ray Hynes, FFAW-Unifor chair at the Twillingate plant. “We appreciate that the company met with the ...