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Northern Cod Controversy: More Than Just Fish

The debate surrounding the allocation of Northern cod quotas has recently ignited a storm of controversy, and for good reason. Sylvie Lapointe, President of the Atlantic Groundfish Council, claims there is “misleading information in the public domain” regarding the commitment of allocating the first 115,000 tonnes of Northern cod to inshore harvesters and Indigenous groups in Newfoundland and Labrador. According to Lapointe, there was never meant to be “exclusive access to the Northern ...

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 ...

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 ...