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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...

Product Pricing Creating N.L. Industry Friction

Disputes and disagreements over prices are nothing new in the Newfoundland and Labrador fishing industry — in fact, some would call them the norm. However, a few months ago, this year had the promise of being a little different, as N.L. harvesters were anticipating record or near record price for snow crab and maybe even Northern shrimp. But things are not quite going as planned. Earlier this year, in N.L., where the crab price is chosen through a collective bargaining process by the ...

What Has Been Learned From Perils Past?

There must have been an underlying air of irony as groundfish industry stakeholders met in Barcelona, Spain on April 26 to discuss the ongoing Northern cod fishery improvement project (FIP). Stakeholders included Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), Marks & Spencer and Youngs Seafoods from the United Kingdom, Sysco France, High Liner Foods from Canada/United States and producer organizations in Canada, including Ocean Choice International, Icewater Seafoods, the Association of ...

Project Aims to Save Lives by Making PLBs Accessible to N.L. Fish Harvesters

Fish harvesters in Newfoundland and Labrador are celebrating an important project that aims to make personal locator beacons (PLBs) accessible to all fish harvesters in the province. A collaboration between the Newfoundland and Labrador Fish Harvesting Safety Association (NL-FHSA), Fish Harvesters’ Resource Centre (FRC), Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board (PFHCB) and the Fish Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) will subsidize costs, making PLBs available to fish ...

Locator Beacons Help Take the “Search” Out of Search and Rescue

Above: Crewmembers from the Canadian Coast Guard’s search and rescue station in Burgeo on board the CCGS Cape Edensaw. CCG submitted photos   In July, 2021, two men found themselves in distress while sailing from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland and Labrador. They were 30 nautical miles south of La Poile, on Newfoundland’s south coast, when their 38-foot sailboat began taking on water. Mark Gould remembers that July afternoon very well. Gould is the regional supervisor ...