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Former Colleague Fondly Remembers John Crosbie

Working for John Crosbie is a time St. John’s resident Ray Andrews remembers well. “He was a workaholic, a stickler for details, needed all the research from as many as he could get before he made any decisions, so that was the part I really liked about him,” said Andrews in an interview. “He didn’t work on the fly or do short-term type of stuff. He always wanted the details necessary from everybody and many times he would ask the same question of a bunch of people and take all ...

John Crosbie was an Icon in Newfoundland and Labrador

It is with sadness that I write this tribute to a great man who I got to know and admire. My first recollection of John Crosbie was in 1966 when he and Clyde Wells walked across the floor in the Government of Joey Smallwood. I believe the dispute was about the Come by Chance refinery deal. I thought to myself, these are two honourable gentlemen who had the guts to do what they thought was right. Mr. Crosbie kept on in politics first in the Moore’s Government and later as a ...

Aquaculture Versus Capture Fishing

In September 2019, something like 2.6-million fish died in aquaculture farming operations on Newfoundland’s south coast. The event caused quite a stink — both literally and figuratively. And the media was full of stories, most of which were based more on emotional rants than they were on facts and reality. Because of that, I thought it would be worth putting some things in perspective, to reduce the heat and shed some light on a very significant issue. As a starting point, it may be ...

Seal Overpopulation Linked to Threatened Extinction of Two N.L. Cod Stocks

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) is calling on the federal government to take immediate action to control seal overpopulation in an effort to protect extremely vulnerable cod stocks on the south coast of Newfoundland and in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The most recent assessment of southern Gulf cod (4T) was clear; extinction of that cod population is highly probable due to predation by grey seals, the union stated in a press release. “Scientists in the region took ...

Mainly Status Quo for Georges Groundfish TAC in 2020

Concerns Raised Over State of N.L. South Coast 3Ps Cod Stock With the exception of a slight increase of 42 metric tonnes for yellowtail flounder, it’s status quo for groundfish quotas on Georges Bank (5Z) in 2020. The combined Canada/U.S. total allowable catch (TAC) for Atlantic cod in 2020 remains at 650 metric tonnes (mt). The haddock TAC has been maintained at 30,000 mt, while the yellowtail flounder TAC increases from 140 mt to 162 mt. The TACs are as recommended by the Transboun...

FISH-NL Finally Folds After Failing to Sign Up 4,000 Harvesters

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is officially no more. The upstart labour organization finally folded on Dec. 3. In early November, FISH-NL said it was still far short of getting 4,000 inshore fishermen to sign union cards and the future was not looking good. FISH-NL needed at least 4,000 signed cards (representing 40 per cent of the 10,000 inshore harvesters the FFAW-Unifor claimed existed) to trigger a vote for them to choose which ...

Fallout Continues Over Salmon Die-Off on N.L.’s South Coast

The Newfoundland and Labrador aquaculture industry is still reeling following a massive die-off of 2.6-million farmed salmon on the province’s south coast. In late September, news broke of an extensive Atlantic salmon die mortality at several Northern Harvest Sea Farms facilities. The company, which is owned by international aquaculture giant Mowi, said the salmon pens were exposed to high water temperatures over an 11-to-13-day period, causing low oxygen conditions that resulted in fish ...

International Cold Water Prawn Forum to be Held in St. John’s

The biennial conference of the International Cold Water Prawn Forum (ICWPF) will be taking place on November 14, 2019 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The conference is one of the ICWPF’s core events, bringing together key industry stakeholders from around the world. This year’s event will be held at the Sheraton Hotel, in downtown St. John’s. With its headquarters in Denmark, the ICWPF, formed in 2013, promotes opportunities in and benefits of cold water prawns by offering a ...

The Twine Loft – November 2019

Passed On: Albert MacEachern – Cape George, N.S. fisherman MacEachern, 82, passed away on September 18 at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Born in Antigonish, he was a son of the late Alex and Ruth (Conrad) MacEachern. A lifelong resident of ‘The Cape,’ he was a fisherman and a wooden boat builder. Boat building began at an early age with his father, who taught him the love of boats. When he retired, he began making model boats and lighthouses. Many of his model boats and ...

On the Waterfront – November 2019

Cape Bald Packers Announces Construction of New Lobster Processing Facility Cape Bald Packers says it will build a new lobster processing facility in Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick after the company lost two plants to separate fires back in February. The new 50,000-square-foot facility will be located in Cap-Pelé. The company expects the site to be up and running by May 2020, when spring lobster season will kick-off. Although the company will build a new facility in Cap-Pelé, it decided to ...