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On the Waterfront – March 2017

Increase in Turbot TAC for Nunavut The Nunavut Offshore Allocation Holders Association (NOAHA) has stated it is pleased with the recent announcement by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) of an increase in total allowable catch (TAC) for Greenland halibut (turbot) in NAFO Divisions 0A and 0B. The Total Allowable Catch for Division 0A will increase from 8,000 tonnes to 8,575 tonnes and Nunavut will receive 100 per cent of the increase. The total allowable catch for NAFO Division 0B will ...

Belliveau to Introduce Legislation to Improve Regulations on Personal Floatation Devices

MLA for Queens-Shelburne Sterling Belliveau is preparing a Private Member’s Bill to strengthen Occupational Health and Safety regulations to mandate the workplace use of a personal flotation device (PFD) while “on deck on the water.” The bill coincides with concerns raised recently by the chairperson of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada about weak standards for PFD use. “The fishery in Nova Scotia is a national leader in terms of its economic performance. We can also be a ...

Dreamboat Turned Nightmare – Part V

Captain Byron Oxford and his eight-man crew survived a harrowing ordeal after the fishing vessel Atlantic Charger sank south of Baffin Island in September 2015. For some of the survivors, the experience will haunt them forever. Captain Oxford said he battled anxiety while at sea for several months after the incident. For the vessel’s owner, his battle was different and started after the loss of the Charger. For nearly nine months following the loss of his vessel, Brad Watkins dealt ...

Coast Guard Closes Seasonal SAR Stations for Winter

The Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region will close its seasonal search and rescue stations in Lark Harbour and Port aux Choix on December 7, 2016. The vessels from the seasonal search and rescue stations cannot operate in the ice-covered waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The seasonal stations will resume operations in April, 2017. The Canadian Coast Guard’s stations are strategically located to provide assistance as quickly as possible in order to minimize loss of life, injury, and ...

St. John’s Maritime Rescue Sub-centre to Re-open

Above photo: Both federal and provincial politicians were out in force for the announcement to re-open the St. John’s MRSC. Announcement Part of Broad Federal $1.5-Billion National Oceans Protection Plan Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Dominic LeBlanc explained that re-opening the St. John’s Maritime Rescue Sub-centre was not only the confirmation of the election promise the Liberals made during the 2015 election campaign, but was a key part of ...

Minister Announces Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan in Eastern Canada

Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard has announced the details of a $1.5-billion national Oceans Protection Plan. The Plan improves marine safety and responsible shipping, protects Canada's marine environment, and creates stronger partnerships with Indigenous and coastal communities. The plan meets or exceeds international standards and is supported by commitments to Indigenous co-management, environmental protections, and science-based standards....

Dreamboat Turned Nightmare — Part III

Jumping from a sinking ship into a bitterly cold ocean just south of the Arctic Circle was the most daunting event in the lives of Captain Byron Oxford and eight crewmembers of the fishing vessel Atlantic Charger. But they had no choice. On September 22, 2015, their vessel was filling with water and listing badly to starboard. Their only hope was to try and get into a rubber life raft and hope the raging seas didn’t kill them. This is Part III of ‘Dreamboat Turned Nightmare.’ Sometime ...

UPDATED: Search for Missing Fishermen Changed to a Recovery Mission

Coast Guard officials have said the search for two missing fishermen has being handed off to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and has changed from a search and rescue effort to a recovery. The RCMP said on Thursday that with the Coast Guard ceasing its search efforts at sea, they will now look to conduct a coordinated search from land. Previous story: Coast Guard personnel are continuing to search the Freshwater Bay area, outside St. John’s Harbour, for two missing fisher...

First Recreational Fishery Fatality for 2016

Police are reporting what appears to be the first recreational fishery-related fatality for 2016. According to the RCMP, one man has died and two others have sustained injuries following a boating accident near St. Vincent's, St. Mary's Bay Sunday night. Three men, who were reportedly participating in the recreational groundfish fishery, ended up in the water in the area of the community’s breakwater after their small open boat overturned. The RCMP members were called to the area ...

On the Waterfront — August 2016

Thai Union Buying Majority Stake in Lobster Processor Chez Nous Thai Union announced another expansion into the North American lobster industry with a deal to acquire a majority stake in Canadian lobster processor Les Pecheries de Chez Nous (Chez Nous). Under the deal, Chez Nous’s owner Francois “Frankie” Benoit will retain a minority share in the company, which recorded about $38.5 million in annual sales in 2015. “We have recently expanded our facilities and look forward to ...