Harvesting Plan Announced for 2019 Northern Cod Fishery
Harvesters in eastern Newfoundland are either already on the water or are gearing up for the 2019 Northern cod fishery.
This spring, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) reported that the spawning stock biomass (SSB) for 2J3KL cod had returned to its level of two years ago, about 48 per cent of the critical level needed for a healthy fishery or 398,000 tonnes. In fact, DFO actually revised its 2018 stock projection. The department reported that the 2018 SSB had been revised from ...
Northern Cod Stewardship Fishery Receives 30 Per Cent Increase
The soap opera that is the 2J3KL cod fishery continues.
Last year, after several years of cautious growth, the commercial Northern cod catch limits were reduced by 25 per cent to under 10,000 tonnes by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).
The reduction did not come as a real shock to anyone following DFO’s earlier 2018 announcement that 2J3KL cod had experienced a 29 per cent single-year decline in spawning stock biomass (SSB).
Last year, the 29 per cent single-year decline ...
A Cod Fishery Juxtaposition
The management approach for the Northern cod stewardship fishery for NAFO Divisions 2J3KL was recently announced by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).
As in past years, the catch phrase for this fishery once again appears to be cautious optimism, as DFO unveiled a total commercial quota of 12,350 tonnes, a 30 per cent increase relative to 2018.
While harvesters on the eastern shores of Newfoundland await the detailed conservation and harvesting plan for this year’s Northern ...
Options Aplenty for Northern Cod
Some pundits might argue that there are nearly as many opinions of what to do with the iconic Northern cod as there are actual fish in the ocean.
While that might be a mild exaggeration, proposals and theories are aplenty once again, especially since the latest stock assessment from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).
After a supposed setback last year, DFO recently reported that the Northern cod stock off eastern Newfoundland appears to be in better shape than initially ...
Positive News for Northern Cod
DFO Reports 2J3KL Spawning Stock Biomass Improves to 48 Per Cent of Limit Reference Point
After a setback last year, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently reported that the iconic Northern cod stock off Newfoundland appears to be in better shape than initially thought.
The good news is that the spawning biomass (SSB) for 2J3KL cod has returned to its level of two years ago, about 48 per cent of the critical level needed for a healthy fishery or 398,000 tonnes.
In fact, ...
More Bad News for Northern Cod Recovery Prospects
Those anticipating a return of a viable commercial Northern
cod fishery in the waters off eastern Newfoundland may to have to wait a few
more years yet.
At a recent technical briefing, the Department of Fisheries
and Oceans (DFO) reported that the 2J3KL cod stock, also known as Northern cod,
has continued to decline from 2017 to 2018 and remains in the critical zone.
The spawning stock biomass (SSB) has declined from 441,000 tonnes in 2017 to
315,000 tonnes in 2018. The low spawning stock ...
A Call for a Commission of Inquiry
This is an open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, all N.L. MHAs and all MPs for Canada
As stated by the late Alex Hickman, “the ocean is the backbone of our existence.”
My ancestors, the Rices, Parsons and Bartletts, came from England to this province of Newfoundland and Labrador many years ago to make a living from the ocean. And they did for hundreds of years until the ocean with its many species of fish started to fail (or ...
The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same
About 23 years ago, I helped lead a team that designed and implemented the cod sentinel inshore survey on Northern cod (Southern Avalon, North East Coast and Labrador).
The status of Northern cod has been in the news a great deal lately and the decision by DFO to cut the commercial quota has been met with some stiff opposition from the FFAW-Unifor. This prompted me to do a little investigating to see what the cod sentinel is telling us about Northern cod.
Based on a review of cod sentinel ...
It is Time to Upset the Apple Cart
For the hardcore Harry Potter fans out there, you probably already know that the motto of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus — translated as “never tickle a sleeping dragon.”
For the second year in a row, it appears the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is taking no chances in tickling any of the dragons that regularly participate in the annual recreational groundfish fishery.
Once again, DFO has balked at the idea of implementing ...
Issue of Adjacency Needs to be a Priority
My first reaction to a recent news story in The Telegram entitled “St. Anthony Seafoods becomes a seven-month operation the first time in its history,” was to nod my head and think that reductions in work at plants like this is the cause of the decline in our rural Newfoundland Labrador communities.
After a few minutes though, it became clear to me that my initial thought was wrong.
The worries and hardships inflicted upon hard working people, like those who work at the St. Anthony ...