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 ...
Sonya Walsh didn’t hear her husband Keith get up on Tuesday morning, September 6, 2016.
Neither did she hear the alarm clock that always woke Keith. She didn’t hear her husband and their son Keith Jr., age 18, having breakfast and chatting before they left the house at approximately 5 a.m. to go fishing.
Ordinarily, 36-year old Sonya would have merely dismissed her deep sleep that morning as nothing more than extreme tiredness, but events later that day makes her wonder about some ...
South Coast Mayors Learn About Aquaculture Operations in British Columbia
Mayors and community leaders from the south coast and central Newfoundland travelled to British Columbia in October to learn about the economic impact of aquaculture on Canada’s west coast.
Jamie Gaskill, Managing Director of Marine Harvest Atlantic Canada, extended the invitation during a spring meeting in the province with local mayors and community leaders. Earlier this year, the Norwegian aquaculture giant acquired New Brunswick-based Northern Harvest, including its farming licences in ...
The Twine Loft – December 2018
Passed On: Loraine Williams – Port Mouton, N.S. DFO engineer
Williams, 90, passed away on October 9 at the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in South West Port Mouton, Queens County, he was a son of the late Kenneth and Alberta (Daury) Williams. He was an engineer for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for 30 years. Prior to his career with DFO, Loraine fished for Swim Brothers out of Lockeport.
Passed On: Anita Frausel – Port Mouton, N.S. fish plant worker
Frausel, 85, ...
Uncertain Outlook for 3Ps Cod Stock
FFAW Demands All Dragging be Halted in the Area
Above: DFO research scientist, Karen Dwyer presents a technical session outlining the level of the groundfish stock off Newfoundland’s south coast.
After several years of cautious optimism, the overall fate of Newfoundland and Labrador’s beleaguered groundfish stocks remain uncertain.
Earlier this year, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced that the 2018 2J3KL stewardship fishery management approach ...