FISH-NL Needs Immediate Funds or Will Fold
The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) will close by the end of April and abandon a second attempt at certification unless inshore harvesters step up to the plate and pay their dues.
“I'll say it again, FISH-NL can do this with you, but we can't do it for you,” says Ryan Cleary, President of FISH-NL.
“The FISH-NL executive is not prepared to lead a second membership drive that’s guaranteed to fail and it will fail without the support of ...
The Twine Loft – April 2019
Passed On: Murray Ossinger – Gunning Cove, N.S. fisherman
Ossinger, 89, passed away at the Roseway Hospital on February 13. Born in Watertown, Maine, he was a son of the late Hilburne and Eva (Goulden) Ossinger. He was an avid fisherman all his working life.
Passed On: Martin Fisher – Southwest Port Mouton, N.S. fisherman
Fisher, 57, passed away on February 8 at the Queens General Hospital, Liverpool. Born in Liverpool, he was a son of Hazel (Allison) Fisher of Port Mouton and the ...
On the Waterfront – April 2019
Aerial Surveillance Contract Awarded to N.L. Company
The federal government recently announced that it is awarding a five-year, $128 million contract to PAL Aerospace, an international aerospace and defence company based in St. John’s.
This new contract will provide fisheries officers with longer range aircraft, expanding their range of operations and giving them enhanced tools to combat illegal fishing and increase Canada’s maritime security. The contract will also allow high-fishing ...
N.L. Snow Crab Stocks Appear to be Holding Their Own
FFAW Upset Over Precautionary Approach Framework
Above: FFAW officials met with the media to discuss the 2019 snow crab assessment.
After reporting years of diminishing snow crab stocks, scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are reporting a somewhat brighter picture for the second year in a row.
At its 2019 annual snow crab technical meeting, DFO said the fishable biomass off Newfoundland (NAFO areas 2HJ3KLNOP4R) continues to be at a seriously low level, but has ...
Shrimp Stocks in SFA 6 Show Signs of Life
Fishable Biomass Down in Northern SFAs 4 and 5
The beleaguered Northern shrimp fishery off Newfoundland’s northeast coast recently received a small shot in the arm — particularly in the all-important shrimp fishing area (SFA) 6.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) held a technical briefing in February regarding the 2019 Northern shrimp stock assessment and to the surprise of many, the stock in SFA 6 finally seems to be holding its own. SFA 6 is where the majority of the inshore ...
Innovative Aquaculture Training in the Coast of Bays
A partnership between the College of the North Atlantic and the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University is attempting to train people to work in the burgeoning salmonid aquaculture industry in the Coast of Bays region.
Known as the Development and Pilot Testing of an Innovative Demand-led Training Model to Support Entry and Retention in the Aquaculture Sector Research Project, it is led by the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) and is one of 14 projects ...
Landmark Reconciliation Agreement Reached in the Arctic Surf Clam Fishery
Fourteen First Nations Announce Landmark Agreement with Clearwater on Arctic Surf Clam
A total of 14 First Nations communities in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador and Clearwater Seafoods Incorporated announced they have reached a landmark agreement to the benefit of all parties.
The agreement forges a 50-year partnership that protects existing jobs in the Arctic surf clam fishery while creating meaningful economic, employment and capacity building for the fourteen First Nations ...
The Twine Loft – March 2019
Passed On: William Parsons – Salmon Cove, N.L. labour
Parsons passed away on January 26 at the Carbonear General Hospital following a brief bout with pancreatic cancer. He left his home in Flatrock at the age of 16 to teach, but soon realized that the classroom was not for him, so he moved on to the iron ore mine in what is now Labrador City. Having not yet reached the mandatory age to work in the mine, he worked in the kitchen until his 18th birthday. He signed his first union ...