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DFO Adopts New Cod Framework for 2024 Assessment

Northern cod populations in 2J3KL off Newfoundland and Labrador have remained around the same levels since 2016, but a new limit reference point reframed how the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) interprets the stock. Following nearly two decades of little to no growth since cod stocks collapsed in 1992, cod saw a period of growth between 2010 and 2016, seeing the stock achieve a spawning stock biomass between 300–400 kilotonnes. This number has held steady since 2016, according to ...

N.L. Harvesters Secure Outside Buyers, but Price Decisions Could Spell Further Unrest

Above: John Efford Jr., flanked by FFAW President Greg Pretty (Left) and FFAW Secretary Treasurer Jason Spingle (Right), address the crowd of harvesters after their meeting with Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture Minister Elvis Loveless.    Newfoundland and Labrador harvesters won what they considered a major victory in late March, only for their enthusiasm to be dashed by what they see as another year of disappointing snow crab prices. Now, facing a minimum price of $2.60 per ...

Weak Market Conditions Could Impact 2024 Snow Crab Prices

With price negotiations currently underway for the Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab fishery, well-known market analyst John Sackton warned stakeholders to temper their expectations. Before the beginning of price negotiations between the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) and the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW), the government of Newfoundland and Labrador released a recommended pricing formula, known as the Blackwood Formula, for the consideration of both parties. The FFAW ...

N.L. Snow Crab Stocks Remain Steady Going Into 2024

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently released its 2023 Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab stock assessment, showing little change in the stock going into the 2024 fishing season. According to Julia Pantin, the DFO biologist responsible for this year’s snow crab technical briefing, the stocks off N.L. have seen little change from the previous year. “All assessment divisions are projected to remain within the healthy zone, except for assessment division 2HJ off ...

Canada and N.L. Sign MOU to Speed Development of Offshore Wind

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador has made steps towards speeding up offshore wind energy development in the province, but some have called for more consultation before the projects get underway. Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to enable the development of offshore wind projects in the province. According to the N.L. government, this MOU will ...

Federal and Provincial Government Invest Over $25 Million in N.L. Seafood Sector

The latest round of Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF) funding, totalling $25,327,448 over 147 projects, was announced for Newfoundland and Labrador in November. The funding announcement was made by Gudie Hutchings, federal Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Elvis Loveless, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture. The announcement also featured statements by Member of Parliament for ...

Another Successful Year for the North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show

The North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show (NAFWS), presented by The Navigator and Master Promotions, recently concluded its latest edition at the Mary Brown’s Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The event, which ran from November 17–18, 2023, featured exhibitors and visitors from all aspects of the marine industry. This year’s NAFWS created a vibrant atmosphere for networking and knowledge exchange as well as an opportunity to explore cutting-edge technologies, discover ...

N.L. Releases Latest Fish Price-Setting Review

After the fallout of the 2023 Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab season, which was plagued by protests, tie-ups and a shortened season, the provincial government has stepped in to assist in the development of a formula for fish price-setting. Bernard David, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister Responsible for Labour, unveiled the final report by the Fish Price-Setting Strategic Review Team on November 16. The Fish Price-Setting Strategic ...

The Battle Against Yet Another Placentia Bay Invasive Species

Above: Vase tunicates often congregate on fishing and aquaculture equipment, which can significantly weigh them down.   Since 2012, Newfoundland and Labrador has been quietly fighting back an invasion of primitive, five-inch-long, water-filled animals that can wreak havoc on fishing and aquaculture equipment. The vase tunicate is a biofouling organism in the same vein as barnacles, that tend to grow on wharves, boats and buoys, that were first sighted in N.L. waters by the ...

Bluegreen Group is Betting Dollars to Donuts on Newfoundland and Labrador

Above: A marine donut onsite in Molde, Norway undergoing functional testing.   The Bluegreen Group, a Norwegian-based microplastic firm, has created a self-contained aquaculture system known as the marine donut that may be the solution to many of Atlantic Canada’s aquaculture problems. The design by Bluegreen Group takes its name from its circular, donut-like shape. The structure is made of high-density polyethylene and is 60 feet in height, 180 feet in diameter, 22,000 cubic ...