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.
Gulf Redfish: Bonanza or Boondoggle?
By Barry Darby
The history of Newfoundland and Labrador is replete with stories of our people’s ability to deal with hardship.
Stories of disasters and bravery form the basis of how resilient we know ourselves to be.
What is less celebrated is the catalogue of historical events where we have failed to transform our great advantages, opportunities and natural wealth into sustainable economic and societal growth. In fact, we have often been quite adept at “snatching defeat from the ...
Quin-Sea and Clearwater Announce St. Anthony Joint Venture Approval
Quin-Sea Fisheries Ltd., a division of Royal Greenland, and Clearwater Seafoods recently announced the application to transfer the processing license for a St. Anthony fish plant has now been approved by the Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture.
This allows the companies to move forward with the deal, in which Quin-Sea Fisheries Ltd. will assume management responsibility for the plant on behalf of the new joint venture, St. Anthony Seafoods Ltd.
Squid Fishery Making a Comeback in N.L.
The squid jigging grounds are providing a valuable fishery once again in Newfoundland and Labrador, with a landed value that has increased 10-fold from 2017 to 2019.
“It’s really a fishery that’s hard to predict. We’ve gone years and years with no landings whatsoever and in the last three years have had substantial landings, each year being better than the last,” said Robert Keenan, project manager with the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW).
According to statistics ...
North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show to Be Postponed to 2021
Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 Master Promotions Ltd. has decided to postpone the North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show, which was scheduled to take place November 6 – 7, 2020, at the Mile One Centre to November 5 – 6, 2021.
This decision was not made lightly, but the health and safety of our exhibitors, partners, visitors, and contractors is our top priority. Key factors leading to the postponement were the inability to secure government approval for an increase in ...
Harvesting Plan Announced for Northern Cod Fishery
2020 Grade ‘A’ Price Down $0.10/Pound
While the overall catch limit for the 2020 Northern cod stewardship fishery (12,350 tonnes) will be staying the same as last year, harvesters will not be getting the same price as they did in 2019.
In its recent decision, the Newfoundland and Labrador Standing Fish Price Setting Panel selected the position of the Association of Seafood Processors (ASP), meaning that the 2020 late summer/fall price will be $0.80/pound for grade ‘A’ cod and the ...