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.
Fallout Continues Over Salmon Die-Off on N.L.’s South Coast
The Newfoundland and Labrador aquaculture industry is still reeling following a massive die-off of 2.6-million farmed salmon on the province’s south coast.
In late September, news broke of an extensive Atlantic salmon die mortality at several Northern Harvest Sea Farms facilities. The company, which is owned by international aquaculture giant Mowi, said the salmon pens were exposed to high water temperatures over an 11-to-13-day period, causing low oxygen conditions that resulted in fish ...
Complexity Versus Simplicity
For as long as I can remember — which now goes back nearly four decades — market research has consistently found that consumers do not feel confident about their abilities to buy fish or prepare it at home.
That is a serious problem for our industry, because it means people consume less fish than they would otherwise. But it is also a problem that provides opportunities.
Compared to other protein foods — beef, pork, poultry, sheep — fish are complicated. Consumers typically ...
Net Pen Farmed Salmon Aquaculture Still the Best Option for Industry
I recently read The Telegram editorial entitled: Farmed Salmon 2.0, published on July 20, 2019.
Some interesting questions are posed therein about whether or not the province is backing the right horse or not regarding net pen farmed salmon versus land-based, closed containment systems?
I would say the answer is a categorical yes for the following reasons explained here.
Net pen farmed salmon is still the most ecologically and environmentally lowest carbon impact and cost-effective way ...
The Future is Bright for Global Aquaculture
The United Nations’ most recent biennial publication, State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018, provides a reasonably accurate portrayal of the status of global fisheries stocks and the growing aquaculture sector.
What is more, it provides a critical look at the major issues surrounding fisheries and aquaculture and highlights efforts to improve on these industry warts, as I like to call them.
Here are some highlights from the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018 report, ...
DFO Reports Poor N.L. Salmon Returns
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is deeply concerned about the latest Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic salmon stock assessment.
During a March 5 technical briefing, DFO reported that the 2017 assessment was the second year in a row with significant declines in returning salmon.
In 2017, 80 per cent (or 12 of 15) of rivers monitored by DFO showed declines of more than 30 per cent in total returns compared to the previous five to six years. This placed those rivers in the critical ...
Traffic, Sun Blindness and Now Eclipse Dump 305,000 Farmed Atlantic Salmon
A Cooke Aquaculture open-net pen holding 305,000 farmed salmon recently imploded near Cypress Island, near Seattle, Washington, releasing all these diseased fish into Pacific waters.
High tides from the solar eclipse played a role in this catastrophe.
Over here on the east coast, a similar disaster will very likely also happen. If tides can cause a metal reinforced open net pen site to collapse, what will the sea ice and icebergs that frequent Placentia Bay do to the even less rigorously ...
On the Waterfront – September 2017
N.L. Fisheries Advisory Council Holds First Meeting
Newfoundland and Labrador’s newly formed Fisheries Advisory Council held its first meeting August 3, beginning its work to maximize the value of available fish resources to the provincial economy through a collaborative stakeholder approach.
The council will focus on both current and emerging strategic fisheries and aquaculture matters, including a new strategic action plan on cod revitalization that focuses on environmental sustainabi...
Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers Lay Charges Related to Salmon Poaching
Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officers have laid a number of charges related to illegal salmon poaching.
On July 31, 2017, while conducting surveillance at the mouth of the Colliers River, officers observed an individual land a large Atlantic salmon on the non-scheduled river. Shortly thereafter, the individual was observed returning to his vehicle with the fish in his possession. Upon further investigation, the individual has been charged with failing to release an accidentally foul hooked ...
ASF Urges Caution for 2017
Final population estimates for North American Atlantic salmon show returns in 2016 were lower than the year before and may indicate further declines in 2017, the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) stated in a press release.
As a result, ASF is urging anglers and indigenous groups to exercise caution by practicing live release or allowing more fish to pass upriver.
This conclusion is based on data from Canada, Quebec, the United States, and Greenland and comes just ahead of next week's ...