FFAW Launches Seal Awareness Campaign
The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) recently launched a nationwide campaign to call attention to seal overpopulation in Atlantic Canada and the devastating effects on fish stocks.
The union representing fish harvesters is calling on the federal government to immediately undertake adequate scientific work to understand the true impact seals are having off eastern Canada’s coasts and to ensure appropriate action is taken to repair the ecosystem imbalance.
“The federal ...
Harvesting Plan Announced for 2021 Northern Cod Fishery
With many in the fishing industry hoping to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind them and get back to some sense of normality, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) released the 2021 conservation harvesting plan (CHP) 2J3KL stewardship cod fishery.
Fishermen will not see much difference from last year’s plan. In fact, overall, the 2021 fishery is nearly a carbon copy of the 2020 season.
While the overall catch limit for the 2021 Northern cod (NAFO Divisions 2J3KL) stewardship fishery ...
Status Quo on Cod Prices and Recreational Fishery Rules
While the overall catch limit for the 2021 Northern cod (NAFO Divisions 2J3KL) stewardship fishery (12,999 tonnes) will be 649 tonnes more than last year, harvesters will not be getting a price increase for their catches.
In its May 20 decision, the N.L. Standing Fish Price Setting Panel stated that the FFAW’s final price offer for the opening to July 31 was $0.98/pound for Grade A, $0.47/pound for Grade B and $0.20/pound for Grade C. For August 1 to the end of the season, the FFAW ...
The Flawed Plan to Rebuild Canada’s Iconic Northern Cod
Editor’s Note: This commentary was originally published by Policy Options on March 22, 2021.
Canada is on the cusp of an inauspicious anniversary.
Next year will mark 30 years since Newfoundland’s 500-year-old Northern cod fishery was shut down. The fishery was closed on July 2, 1992 because of a massive decline in the cod population, as much as 95 per cent, between the early 1960s and the early 1990s.
The socioeconomic consequences were staggering: 30,000 to 40,000 jobs ...
DFO Backs Off on Call for 3Ps Moratorium
Assessment Shows Northern Cod Stock Continues to Hold its Own
On any given year, the iconic Northern cod stock normally garners most of the attention when assessment time rolls around each spring.
But this year, all of the talk surrounded the 3Ps cod stock off Newfoundland’s south coast.
Earlier this year, in January, at the Groundfish Advisory Council meeting, the stakeholders involved in the 3Ps fishery seemed to have a consensus that for the 2021–2022 season, there would ...
Predictable Reaction to DFO’s Northern Cod Rebuilding Plan
In late December, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) quietly and with little fanfare, released its latest rebuilding plan for the iconic Northern cod stock in NAFO divisions 2J3KL.
And, as predicted by many industry stakeholders, the overall message was to maintain the status quo limited harvesting approach, for now, with this fishery.
Last year, in the midst of other fisheries across the region facing uncertainty due to the worldwide impact of COVID-19, DFO released its latest ...
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 ...
No Changes in 2020 Northern Cod Fishery Catch Limits
At 2:33 p.m. on July 7, the FFAW-Unifor sent out a press release calling on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to release the 2020 management plan for the Northern cod stewardship fishery.
Coincidence or not, later that afternoon, at 4:51 p.m., DFO responded with a press release of its own announcing the 2020, 2J3KL Northern cod stewardship fishery management approach.
DFO stated that the 2020 stewardship fishery management approach will include measures to ensure catches do not ...
Northern Cod Recovery Appears to Have Stalled
Some Industry Groups Taking Issue with Recent 2J3KL DFO Stock Assessment
In the midst of other fisheries across the region facing uncertainty due to the world-wide impact of COVID-19, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently released it’s latest Northern cod stock status assessment and the news was not good.
A DFO technical briefing document stated that “We continue to be concerned about the status of the Northern cod stock, which remains in the critical zone. ...
Green-Lighting Cod Jigs
A New Handline Fishing Enhancement
Since the Northern cod fishery moratorium in the early 1990s, fishing gears, methods (e.g. gillnet soak times) and gear alternatives (e.g. hook and line) have been explored for efficiency, practicality, profitability and ecological sustainability.
While gillnets are the most widely used gear in commercial fisheries, most fishers also jig cod. Some fishing programs or areas such as the Petty Harbour Protected Fishing Area only allow handline fishing methods ...