On the Waterfront – June 2020
ISA Outbreak at Northern Harvest Smolt Facility
Northern Harvest Smolt Limited (NHSL) recently announced that the suspect detection of infectious salmon anemia (ISA) at its hatchery located in Stephenville, N.L. has been confirmed.
Follow-up sampling at the facility identified eight fish as positive for pathogenic ISA and six fish as positive for non-pathogenic ISA.
In response to this confirmation and in keeping with best practice, NHSL is culling all 450,000 juvenile Atlantic salmon ...
On the Waterfront – May 2020
DFO Permits Fishing Without At-Sea Observers
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada has issued a Fisheries Management Order (FMO 2020-01), under section 9.1 of the Fisheries Act, which requires that all authorized fishing activities be carried out, on a temporary basis, without any at-sea observer coverage.
Under this Fisheries Management Order, the following requirements are imposed:
All fishing activities authorized under the Fisheries Act must be ...
On the Waterfront – March 2020
Crew of OCI Vessel Safe After Fire Onboard
All crew members of the OCI fishing vessel Newfoundland Lynx are back in port safe following a small, contained fire aboard the boat on January 29.
The vessel safely docked at St. Anthony harbour — the closest port to where the vessel was fishing.
The Newfoundland Lynx was met by the St. Anthony Fire Department and the crew were discharged from the vessel. The company said it was extremely pleased with how quickly and professionally its ...
On the Waterfront – October 2017
Marine Institute Receives Funding for Eelgrass Restoration
Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard recently announced that the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador will receive $4.7 million over five years for a project to help restore eelgrass ecosystems in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland.
The Marine Institute is the first group in Newfoundland and Labrador to receive project funding through the fund.
On the Waterfront – June 2017
DFO Wins Controlling Agreement Legal Challenge
In a May 5 ruling, Federal Court Justice Cecily Strickland has upheld the Department of Fisheries and Ocean’s (DFO) policy on controlling agreements between fishermen and corporations.
DFO has always maintained that individual fishermen, not corporations, are allowed to hold and control inshore licences.
However, this rule was challenged in federal court recently by of Cartwright, Labrador fisherman Kirby Elson.
Elson was appealing a ...
On the Waterfront – January 2017
MFU Executive Secretary Dies in Traffic Accident
The Executive Secretary of the Maritime Fishermen’s Union (MFU) was one of two men killed in a Dec. 5 head-on collision on Route 11 in Lower Newcastle, N.B.
Police reported that Christian Brun, 46, of Cormier Village was the driver of a car that collided with a car driven by a 69-year-old man from Miscou, N.B.
Brun was involved in the fishery since 2004, initially as a coordinator during a period of structural change at the Maritime ...
On the Waterfront — December 2016
EU Decides to Forgo Lobster Ban
The European Union has decided that lobster from Canada and the United States are not an invasive species after all, averting a ban on the live import of the valuable commodity.
The EU’s Committee on Invasive Alien Species told Sweden, the member nation that had sought the ban after discovering American lobsters off its coast, that it would not list Homerus Americanus for technical reasons, even though Sweden’s argument had persuaded the forum of EU ...
On the Waterfront — November 2016
Lobster Boat Goes Down Off New Brunswick
The Summerside-based Canadian Coast Guard vessel, Cap Nord, was dispatched on the evening of October 4 after a New Brunswick fishing vessel reported it was taking on water.
The Canadian Coast Guard’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre reported that all four crew members onboard the Julie and Jolene were able to get safely aboard the fishing vessel Black Pearl that was in the area at the time.
No one was injured and the four crewmembers were taken ...
On the Waterfront — October 2016
N.S. Launches International Seafood Brand in China
Last month Nova Scotia launched a new international seafood brand to market their premium seafood in global markets.
“Nova Scotia leads the world for high quality fish and seafood, such as lobster and sea cucumbers, all harvested from the cold and pristine waters of the Atlantic Ocean,” said Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil. “Nova Scotia is Canada’s number one exporter of seafood.”
China is a priority market for Nova Scotia, ...
On the Waterfront — September 2016
OCT Transfers Port Union Plant to Town
The shuttered Ocean Choice International (OCI) fish plant in Port Union, Newfoundland has been handed over to the Municipality of Trinity Bay North.
The plant was closed in 2010 after being severely damaged by Hurricane Igor. At peak capacity, the plant employed more than 170 workers.
OCI said after six years without finding a way to reopen the plant, the company decided to transfer the plant over to the municipality at no cost. The company added ...