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DFO Releases New Data on Ghost Gear Program

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) gave an overview of the department’s Ghost Gear Program to the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association and provided an update on the program’s progress. Beth Ann Hawco, Regional Ghost Gear Coordinator with Fisheries and Oceans Canada N.L. Region, highlighted the program’s achievements up to the end of 2023. Given that projects are still ongoing, Hawco said the updated numbers are usually released a few months behind. DFO tracks their ...

Whale Entangled in LFA 33 Gear Found in N.L. Waters

A humpback whale, found entangled in rope in Newfoundland waters from lobster fishing area (LFA) 33 fishing gear, was successfully freed from its extra baggage by Newfoundland and Labrador’s Whale Release and Strandings group in July. “Fishermen saw it over several days and kept telling us about it,” said Julie Huntington co-director of the group. “We went out for one day and couldn’t find it but we did the next.” Huntington said the whale was entangled in rope from lobster ...

On the Waterfront — September 2019

CCGS Baie de Plaisance Commissioned in the Magdalen Islands The Minister of National Revenue, Diane Lebouthillier, on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Jonathan Wilkinson, was in Cap-aux-Meules recently to participate in the official commissioning of the new high endurance, self-righting search and rescue lifeboat, named CCGS Baie de Plaisance. The vessel was built by the Forillon shipyard and delivered to the Coast Guard in November 2017. To ...