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2022 Landings Stayed Strong in N.L.

Despite the challenges 2022 presented — from rising inflation to lower prices for shellfish and a drop in sales of Atlantic Canadian seafood — Newfoundland and Labrador’s Fisheries, Forest and Aquaculture Minister Derrick Bragg said there is still cause to celebrate the year. The landed value for seafood is up from 2021, currently sitting at $1,237,194,816 as of December 13, marking a nearly 16 per cent increase from last year. “The landings are up, especially in shellfish,” ...

Safety Symposium Focuses on Importance of EPIRB and PLB Usage

The Newfoundland and Labrador Fish Harvesting Safety Association (NL-FHSA) held its annual You Are My Anchor safety symposium in St. John’s on November 2, with a focus on vessel registration and emergency distress signaling. The symposium opened with remarks from Brenda Greenslade, executive director of NL-FHSA and David Decker, board chair of NL-FHSA. Greenslade spoke on the symposium’s purpose and the focus on emergency distress signaling such as emergency position indicating radio ...

N.L. Hyperbaric Facility Reducing Carbon Footprint

Above photo: The outside of the large hyperbaric chamber at Sea-Force Hyperbaric Inc. Photo by Nick Travis     Sea-Force Hyperbaric Inc. has moved to reduce its carbon footprint with the help of the Canadian and Newfoundland and Labrador government, receiving $36,910 from each party and contributing $73,820 itself. The $147,640 was used to replace three oil furnaces with air to water heat pumps. This changeover reduces Sea-Force’s greenhouse gas emissions by 150 tonnes ...

Public Enemy Number One

Invasive European Green Crab Continues to Destroy Sensitive Marine Habitat in N.L.   A European invader is lurking just under the surface. They are small, with hairy legs and a complexion that ranges from green to red. They are also very territorial and aggressive. It is none other than the infamous European green crab. According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), there is no getting rid of them. All that can be done now is managing their population. DFO has ...

Positive Outlook for Atlantic Canadian Aquaculture Industry

Sustainable growth and development are expected to continue in the aquaculture industry in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. “The aquaculture sector in Nova Scotia is growing steadily,” says Tom Smith, executive director of the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia (AANS). “We’re very positive about the future of aquaculture. Over the last number of years, we’ve seen more interest in aquaculture,” said Smith, noting there are more than 40 applications for leases and ...

Review Ordered for N.L. Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act

After an embattled 2022 fishing season, with little or no signs of letting up, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act is about to be put under the microscope — again. On July 21, N.L. Labour Minister Bernard Davis announced an independent review of the collective bargaining model contained in sections 19.1–19.14 of the Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act. David Conway, former chair of the Labour Relations Board, has been appointed to undertake the ...

Aquaculture on “The Leading Edge of Food Production”

Aquaculture can sometimes seem a bit complicated to people with all the science and technology that goes into it. But the primary goal of the sector is very simple — it’s all about growing food to feed people. St. John’s, N.L. is welcoming the best and brightest from the aquaculture world to the Aquaculture Canada and World Aquaculture Society (WAS) North America Conference and Trade Show (Aug. 15–18, 2022) and as part of that event, there is no doubt folks will collectively ...

The Fishery is Worth More Than Ever, So Why Isn’t N.L.’s Rural Population in Better Shape?

It is 2022. It is hard to believe, for a number of reasons. Time is flying by and things inevitably change. But for the cod fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador and in too many ways for the fishery generally, “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose,” or, the more things change, they more they stay the same. We are 30 years out from the initial groundfish moratorium of July 1992. We’ve added another 10 years to the postponement of our hopes for a fully recovered cod fishery, ...

DFO Increasing Vessel Length Limit for Under 40-Foot N.L. Inshore Sub-Fleets

Above: David Greening photo     The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced that it will increase existing vessel length limits for Newfoundland and Labrador’s inshore fishing boats to provide more consistency in all Atlantic Canada regions. Specifically, the existing vessel length requirement for inshore sub-fleets, currently restricted to the less than 39’11” length in overall measurement, will increase to 49’11”. DFO said the announcem...

30 Years Since the Cod Moratorium

Three decades have come and gone since the cod moratorium was announced on that fateful day in 1992. I was just 12 years old growing up in Calvert at the time and the cod fishery was the heart and soul of the southern shore from Trepassey to Bay Bulls, just like the communities so many of you called home. My family remained in the fishery after the moratorium, but many others did not. Over 30,000 people lost their livelihoods that day and the landscape of our province was forever change...