On the Waterfront – October 2020
OCI Eyeing Substantial N.L. Development
Ocean Choice International (OCI) is in the early stages of a proposed development in Conception Bay South (Long Pond), N.L. that could see the initial development of new land, a 90-metre wharf as well as the possible construction of a new cold storage facility.
OCI has said it is still finalizing the business plan for this project and that it has not made a final decision to proceed.
“We understand the importance of the area to residents, ...
On the Waterfront – September 2020
Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program to Open August 24
On August 5, Federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan announced that the much-anticipated Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program will open for applications on August 24, 2020, through to September 21, 2020.
In May, the Government of Canada announced $469.4 million in funding to establish the new Fish Harvester Benefit and the new Fish Harvester Grant. This is the single largest investment in Canada’s fisheries in nearly two ...
On the Waterfront – August 2020
N.L. Capelin Price Up 20 Per Cent
In mid-June, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel sided with harvesters and increased the 2020 price of capelin by 20 per cent over 2019 prices.
Fishermen will now receive $0.42/pound for Grade A capelin. Last year they received $0.35/pound.
The FFAW, which negotiated on behalf of the harvesters, stated that over the past two years, capelin collective bargaining has increased prices by 68 per cent over 2018 levels.
On the Waterfront – July 2020
Another N.B. Lobster Plant Gutted by Fire
A May 21 fire completely destroyed a large seafood processing plant in northeastern New Brunswick.
The lobster processing plant, Les Pêcheries de Chez Nous was located in Val-Comeau, a small coastal community in the regional municipality of Tracadie.
The blaze broke out shortly before 3 p.m. and took firefighters about three-and-a-half hours to get under control.
“The plant is a total loss,” he said.
He said the plant was in production ...
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 – April 2020
Conservation Groups Welcome Ruling on Hatchery Expansion
Ecojustice, on behalf of grassroots groups and individuals concerned about the health of wild Atlantic salmon stocks, welcomed the recent Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador’s decision on the Indian Head Hatchery Expansion Project.
Ecojustice went to court in November 2019 on behalf of the Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland, the Freshwater-Alexander Bays Ecosystem Corporation, the Port au Port Bay Fishery Committee, ...
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 – February 2020
New Processing Facility to be Built in Digby
Construction is expected to start this spring on a new $14.25-million, 43,580-square-foot seafood production facility in the Digby Industrial Park.
Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced in December the approval of a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for fish harvesting and processing company Scotia Harvest Inc.
The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $1,863,333 upon completion of its ...
On the Waterfront – January 2020
Bill Introduced to Modernize N.B. Aquaculture Act
The New Brunswick government has introduced a new Aquaculture Act to replace the current legislation.
“As part of our efforts to energize the private sector, our government is modernizing the Aquaculture Act to better support growth and attract further investment in this sector,” said Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister, Ross Wetmore.
“The new act will strengthen environmental protection, improve fish health and welfare ...