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 ...
Fishing Safety Knows No Boundaries or Borders
“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore” — Vincent Van Gogh.
Through many of his masterpieces, Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh had a genuine appreciation and empathy for the dangers faced by fishermen every time they set out on the water. Skip ahead more than a century to present day and commercial fishing is still a dangerous professional and tragically still ...
Could 2022 Crab Season be Another Record Breaker?
Financially, the 2021 snow crab season was by far the best ever for the majority of harvesters in Newfoundland and Labrador.
And, if early indications prove correct and of course the stars align, this upcoming crab season could possibly be even better.
With speculation abounding of fishermen possibly getting close to $10/pound for snow crab, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) Science Department confirmed recently what many already suspected — for the most part, the stocks ...
FFAW Launches Seal Awareness Campaign
The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) recently launched a nationwide campaign to call attention to seal overpopulation in Atlantic Canada and the devastating effects on fish stocks.
The union representing fish harvesters is calling on the federal government to immediately undertake adequate scientific work to understand the true impact seals are having off eastern Canada’s coasts and to ensure appropriate action is taken to repair the ecosystem imbalance.
“The federal ...
Creating Lobster Habitats in Placentia Bay, N.L.
Above: Diver conducting work on reef ball artificial reef. Contributed photos
Artificial reefs, manmade structures used by marine life to provide similar ecosystem services as natural reefs, have been deployed in Newfoundland waters to restore populations of local species, including lobsters.
According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) 2021 Science Advisory Report, lobster landings in NAFO Area 3Ps in 2019 were 64 tonnes, a decrease of 86 per cent since 1992. This ...
2021 Recreational Groundfish Fishery
Once again, for 39 days throughout the summer and fall in Newfoundland and Labrador, thousands of residents took to the water to participate in the recreational groundfish fishery. The recreational groundfish fishery occurs in all NAFO areas/subareas around Newfoundland and Labrador, which includes 2GH, 2J3KL, 3Ps, 3Pn and 4R.
Reader submitted photos.
More than 100 N.L. Fishing Vessels to be Equipped with AEDs
Trained Crews Ready to Act in a Cardiac Emergency at Sea
The crews of 105 fishing vessels in Newfoundland and Labrador will be safer at sea now that each vessel will have an automated external defibrillator (AED).
The funding was provided by the Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) and the Heart & Stroke’s collaboration with the Newfoundland and Labrador Fish Harvesting Safety Association (NL-FHSA) the Fish Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW/UNIFOR), the ...
2021 a Banner Year for N.L. Fishery
With a landed value for seafood products exceeding $1 billion, despite the pandemic, 2021 will go down in the books as one of the best years in the history of the Newfoundland and Labrador fishery.
“This has been a great year for the fishery,” said N.L. Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture Minister Derrick Bragg. “We were lucky to keep COVID-19 out of all our facilities and fishing boats so no loss of time this year.”
As of December 12, 2021, the landed value for seafood was ...
Industry Groups Critical of DFO and TC Vessel Length Policies
The Seaward Enterprises Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (SEA-NL) has taken issue with what it calls the sudden move by Transport Canada to come down like a hammer on inshore fishermen who’ve had fishing vessels modified or cut in length without advance approval.
“Fishermen have been told for years by officials with Transport Canada, Fisheries and Oceans and their own union that they didn’t need architectural drawings or advance approval to modify or cut a vessel to fish in the ...