On the Waterfront – February 2024
Kraken Robotics Awarded $3 Million Survey Contract
Kraken Robotics Inc., a Canadian-based marine technology company, has been granted a $3 million dollar contract to supply seabed mapping services to a survey operator in support of an unnamed navy customer.
Kraken will employ their “KATFISH” high-speed seabed survey system to provide imagery and bathymetry of various ports and harbours. The surveys will take place between January and May 2024.
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On the Waterfront – January 2024
FCWC Returns to Moncton for 21st Edition
Canada’s largest marine event, Fish Canada Workboat Canada (FCWC), is returning to the Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, N.B. from January 19–20, 2024.
The trade show, presented by The Navigator in partnership with Master Promotions, drew over 7,000 visitors during its 20th edition in 2022. The 2024 event, according to show manager Shawn Murphy, is expected to significantly exceed past records.
“Exhibitors have been expressing their excitement to ...
On the Waterfront – December 2023
DFO Implements New Assessment Model for Northern Cod Stocks
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has announced a new model for assessing 2J3KL Northern cod stocks which evaluates long-term productivity from 1954 to the present using tagging and landing data.
The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW), Newfoundland and Labrador’s fish harvester’s union, called this move towards a new model a “positive step for federal fisheries science.”
“We applaud the considerable ...
On the Waterfront – November 2023
North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show Back in St. John’s This Fall
The North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show, presented by The Navigator Magazine and Master Promotions, is back in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador from November 17 to 18.
“This event is always a keystone for Newfoundland’s fishing industry,” said Show Manager, Shawn Murphy. “It’s amazing to see how far the industry progresses every two years, so we can’t wait to put some new products and developments in ...
On the Waterfront – September 2023
Nova Scotia Vessel Sinks off N.L.
The Addie N’ Ainslie, a vessel based out of Sambro, N.S., sank on July 11 while fishing for halibut off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.
After a split shaft punched a hole in the hull, the boat containing seven fish harvesters began to rapidly take on water.
The crew was able to signal first responders and cram into a lifeboat before being taken aboard a container ship. The next morning, the crew was picked up by the Canadian Coast Guard and dropped ...
On the Waterfront – August 2023
Investigations Ongoing into OceanGate Disaster
In light of the implosion that claimed five lives aboard the Titan submarine that offered a guided tour of the wreckage of the Titanic, several official organizations are investigating the factors that contributed to the incident.
Authorities from the Transportation Safety Board in Canada and the U.S. Coast Guard, assisted by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board have launched investigations, as well as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police ...
On the Waterfront – July 2023
Port of Stephenville Acquired by World Energy GH2
World Energy GH2 Inc. has successfully closed a deal to acquire the port from the town of Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador as part of their Project Nujio’qonik to ship green hydrogen and ammonia to international markets.
Project Nujio’qonik aims to produce hydrogen by 2025 as part of a Canada-Germany Hydrogen Alliance, which calls on the two partner countries to invest in the renewable energy source. The wind-generated hydrogen ...
On the Waterfront – June 2023
Record Prices for N.L. Lobster
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Standing Fish Price Setting Panel has come to the decision to side with the final price offer made by the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) for lobster in 2023, with the season opening at $14.37 per pound.
The final offers by both the FFAW and the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) were based on the “Average of Thursday-Tuesday” Urner Barry (UB) Index, which provides information on the price of live lobster in the ...
On the Waterfront – May 2023
Russia to Unseat Norway as the World’s Leading Cod Producer in 2023
For the first time ever, Russia is set to overtake Norway as the world’s leading producer of cod.
This change is due to the decline in Atlantic cod stocks, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with total worldwide catch predicted to drop to a historic low of 1 million tonnes. In 2023, Norway is set to bring in 278,000 tonnes of cod down from 370,000.
While Russian catch will ...
On the Waterfront – April 2023
SEA-NL Elects New President
Pamela Patten, a Fortune-based enterprise owner, has been elected to replace Jason Sullivan as President of Seaward Enterprises Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (SEA-NL) — an organization that represents owner-operators in N.L.
Patten, who has been an enterprise owner for 11 years and a harvester for 22, is believed to be the first female to lead a fisheries organization in the province’s history. She was elected to lead the organization during ...