Marine Search and Rescue Takes a Team
Above: The MRSC St. John’s is located at the Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic regional headquarters
On Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 at 1:52 a.m., Howard Power got a call that lasted only minutes, but will stay with him for a long time.
Power could hear the panic in the voice on the other end. It was a distress call from a vessel taking on water.
“I could tell from his voice there was something wrong. You get the tone of their voice after a while. He started yelling ‘Mayday ...
PFDs: The Most Talked About Safety Topic in the Industry
Above: Participants in a FSANS safety training exercise. FSANS photo
While it appears that more and more fish harvesters are wearing personal flotation devices (PFDs) when on the water, there is still a way to go in getting the safety message out and improvements to the life saving device.
In both Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, provincial labour regulations stipulate that PFDs must be worn if there is a risk of drowning, applying not only to the fishing industry, ...
NL-FHSA About to Release Five-Year Strategic Plan
Above: Photo by CCGA
A five-year strategic plan being released this spring by the Newfoundland and Labrador-Fish Harvesting Safety Association (NL-FHSA) will build on the foundation of further enhancing the safety culture in the fish harvesting industry.
“It’s a pretty comprehensive plan,” said Brenda Greenslade, executive director of the NL-FHSA in an interview.
“It covers a number of areas, but the framework for it is that we’re building on the foundation. We ...
2021 N.L. Snow Crab Season Begins on a High Note
After a somewhat dismal, COVID-19 impacted 2020 snow crab season, Newfoundland and Labrador harvesters have several reasons to feel good about their prospects in 2021.
The first bit of good news for N.L. crab fishermen came on March 29 when the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) released the management plan for the 2021 snow crab fishery, which included a significant increase of 29 per cent in overall quotas.
The second positive news of note came on March 31 when the N.L. Standing ...
Henry Vokey: Man of a Thousand Boats
Henry Vokey was truly a legend in his own time.
He was a quiet, unassuming and humble family man who grew up in the small fishing village of Little Harbour, Trinity Bay — certainly not the kind of person we usually think about in a line that includes the word “legend.”
A master boatbuilder, Henry was known as the man of a thousand boats.
Like many Newfoundland and Labrador men, Henry developed a keen interest in the art of wooden boatbuilding when he was a boy. From a family of ...
When Will We Ever Learn?
In my lifetime, I have seen many ups and downs in this province of Newfoundland and Labrador that I love very dearly.
Although it’s a harsh and unforgiving land at times, I would not want to live anywhere else.
Most of our problems in this province have been made by our politicians.
Let’s go back to the time we entered Confederation with Canada. We are still not sure if it was by choice or as Donald Trump would say, it was rigged.
When we entered Confederation, we passed over to ...
N.L. Minister Optimistic for Industry Growth in 2021
Above: David Greening photo
Despite COVID-19 challenges, overall, 2020 was a “decent year” for the fishing and aquaculture industries in Newfoundland and Labrador, said Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture Elvis Loveless.
“Overall, from a blanket point of view, I think most would agree we had a decent year in what we would call the biggest industry in this province in terms of importance,” said Loveless in an interview, noting more than 16,000 people are ...
The Mysterious Loss of the Sarah Anne – Part I
Above: Jody Norman, Captain Ed Norman (Eddie Joe) and Scott Norman
Monday, May 25, 2020, was just a few minutes old when the fishing longliner Sarah Anne pulled away from the dock in St. Lawrence on Newfoundland’s south coast to head for the snow crab fishing grounds.
Captain Ed Norman, age 67, known to everyone as Eddie Joe, was a meticulous and precise man and if the plan was to depart at midnight, his crew knew they had better be there before then because midnight was when the ...
134 N.L. Projects Funded Through the AFF
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador recently announced $26 million in funding to the provincial harvesting, processing and aquaculture sectors through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF).
The funding was aimed at supporting 134 projects that focused on modernizing technologies to improve quality of landings and increase productivity and sustainability in the fish and seafood sector of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Specifically, investments are being ...
2020 N.L. Recreational Groundfish Fishery
The 2020 recreational groundfish fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador saw an uptick in participation with approximately 8,000 vessels leaving docks and wharves around the province. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans stated that enforcement officers reported 37 violations with 22 charges issued and 15 written warnings.