N.L. Inshore Northern Shrimp Quota Holding Its Own
After years of drastic cuts, this year’s much anticipated inshore Northern shrimp quota in fishing area 6 (SFA 6) was quietly announced without much fanfare and the news was actually positive.
Not only did inshore fishermen hang on to their quota levels from 2018, but there was a slight bump.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced that the total allowable catch (TAC) in SFA 6 will be increased by 2.6 per cent to 8,960 tonnes to maintain a 10 per cent exploitat...
Patent Issued for N.L. Robotic Snow Crab Processing Unit
Above: CCFI managing director Bob Verge explaining the patented crab butchering technology.
Work Continuing on Final Phase of System
The first patent has been issued and more are pending for a Newfoundland and Labrador-designed robotic system for butchering snow crab.
“The U.S. patent is the first one and we expect it to be patented in other jurisdictions,” said Robert Verge, managing director of the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI) in an interview. “We’re ...
Online Enrolment Growing for MI Fishing Masters Training Across Canada
An increasing demand for fishing harvesting training in Canada is being driven by younger participants and the availability of online learning says the head of the Marine Institute’s Community Based Education Delivery (CBED) department.
“Fish harvesting training is definitely vital to an evolving industry and we are seeing more and younger students overall in online and traditional delivery programs in Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada,” explained Craig Parsons.
The Twine Loft – June 2019
Passed On: Niko Clair – Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, N.S. fisherman
Clair, 29, died tragically with his cousin, Ozzy Clair, on April 8, 2019, in his home of Paqtnkek Mikmaw Nation, Antigonish County. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his brothers and loved to teach anyone who wanted to learn. He was a prankster with a contagious laugh and smile. He often volunteered and was there for anyone in time of need, especially when the community needed a fire keeper for ceremonies or funerals. He ...
On the Waterfront – June 2019
FFAW Concerned Over Grieg Aquaculture Applications
On May 2, the FFAW-Unifor said it was notified of three applications by Grieg Aquaculture for sites east of Merasheen Island in Placentia Bay.
The union is now calling on the provincial government to not to move forward with any project approval until it has pursued a proper consultation process with fish harvesters, as this project may put the livelihood of harvesters in the area at risk.
The three sites are for Darby Harbour, Butler ...
Shrimp Market Turmoil With High Prices in Newfoundland and Strike on West Coast
There was a lot of turmoil in the coldwater prawn market prior to the Brussels seafood show, as demand seems to be stronger at the moment, but it is unclear whether the strength will last.
Norway is beginning to see landings from the Barents Sea and export volumes of cooked and peeled shrimp are about 40 per cent higher for the first three months of this year than last year. However, current prices for cooked and peeled are about 11 per cent lower than the full-year average of 2018.
FISH-NL Vows to Fight On
Labour Group Announces it Will be Proceeding with Second Certification Drive Later This Year
Earlier this spring, it appeared the death knell was not far off for the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL).
Ryan Cleary, President of FISH-NL, made a final plea that the upstart labour organization would be shuttered by the end of April and abandon a second attempt at certification unless inshore harvesters stepped up to the plate and paid their ...
It Must Have Been Really Quick
Bob Stacey was known as a hard-working fisherman.
With little interest in anything else except hunting, the young fishing skipper from St. Lawrence, on the southern tip of Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula, worked tirelessly in his chosen profession. If he wasn’t at sea, he was working on his boat and fishing gear.
Bob was a St. Lawrence oddity in some respects.
St. Lawrence bills itself as the Soccer Capital of Canada and it has good reason to make that claim. Its team, St. Lawrence ...
GIDC Recommends Substantial Increase in Northern Cod Catches
Above: David Greening Photo
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently reported that the iconic Northern cod stock off eastern Newfoundland appears to be in better shape than initially thought.
As a result, the Newfoundland and Labrador Groundfish Industry Development Council (GIDC) recently recommended a substantial catch increase as part of its 2019 proposal to DFO regarding management of the 2J3KL cod stewardship fishery. The Groundfish Advisory Meeting was held on April ...
Cleaning the Oceans: One Tire at a Time
Newfoundland commercial diver Shawn Bath has taken on a very daunting challenge.
The Twillingate native is the founder of the Clean Harbours Initiative, a not-for-profit organization aimed at cleaning up the harbours in and around Newfoundland. After diving commercially for 21 years, he noticed the increasing amount of garbage, intentionally or otherwise, littering the bottoms of the harbours and decided to do something about it.
The goal of the Clean Harbours Initiative is to remove ...