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Shrimp Stocks in SFA 6 Down Eight Per Cent

FFAW Takes Issue with 24 Per Cent of DFO Survey Not Completed After a hint of promise last year in the Northern shrimp fishery off Newfoundland’s northeast coast, it seems the stock has dropped yet again — particularly in the all-important shrimp fishing area (SFA) 6. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) held a technical briefing in February regarding the 2020 Northern shrimp stock assessment and reported that the SFA 6 biomass has dropped in relation to 2019. SFA 6 is where the ...

N.L. Inshore Northern Shrimp Quota Holding Its Own

After years of drastic cuts, this year’s much anticipated inshore Northern shrimp quota in fishing area 6 (SFA 6) was quietly announced without much fanfare and the news was actually positive. Not only did inshore fishermen hang on to their quota levels from 2018, but there was a slight bump. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced that the total allowable catch (TAC) in SFA 6 will be increased by 2.6 per cent to 8,960 tonnes to maintain a 10 per cent exploitat...

Northern Shrimp Biomass in SFA 6 Continues at Critical Level

It looks as though the Northern shrimp fishery off Newfoundland’s northeast coast will soon be receiving another quota cut. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans held a technical briefing recently regarding the 2018 Northern shrimp stock assessment and as was the trend over the last decade, the news was not good — particularly in the beleaguered shrimp fishing area (SFA) 6. SFA 6 is where the majority of the inshore shrimp fishery takes place. DFO scientists announced that in the ...

Shrimp Price Bumped to $1.25/pound

2017 Quota Cuts Still Cast Shadow on Season The Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel sided with harvesters June 21 when it agreed to a proposal from Newfoundland and Labrador shrimp fishermen to increase the minimum price to $1.25/pound, up from the original 2017 price of $.95/pound set in April. The bump amounts to a 31.5 per cent increase and is the minimum price for all shrimp sizes landed this summer, which range from two grams and up. Processors, represented by the Association of ...

UPDATED: Northern Shrimp Biomass in SFA 6 at Critical Level

It looks as though the Northern shrimp fishery off Newfoundland’s northeast coast will soon be receiving another hit. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans held a technical briefing today regarding the 2017 Northern Shrimp Stock Assessment and the news was not good — particularly in the beleaguered Shrimp Fishing Area (SFA) 6. DFO scientists announced that in the all-important SFA 6, the fishable biomass index declined from 785,000 tonnes in 2006 to 104,000 tonnes in 2016. There was ...

LIFO Out, But Uneasiness Remains in Shrimp Fishery

SFA 6 Quota Cut by 42 Per Cent – Inshore Harvesters Get 70 Per Cent The LIFO policy may be out but inshore fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador who fought to maintain a right to fish Northern shrimp were not claiming victory quite yet until they see what exactly will replace the Last In, First Out policy on shrimp quota sharing between the inshore and offshore sectors – they did not have to wait long. On July 6, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Minister Dominic LeBlanc ...

Controversial LIFO Policy Under Review: Prominent Economist Says Offshore Shrimp Fishery Provides More Benefits to Province

The federal government finally announced it will be setting up a committee to review the much-debated and hotly contested last in, first out (LIFO) policy. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced that a ministerial advisory panel will perform an external review of the LIFO quota allocation policy and deliver its findings and recommendations to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans by June 15, 2016. The yet-to-named panel will be conducting consultations in several communities across ...

Northern Shrimp Stocks Down 40 Per Cent: Fate of 2016 Fishing Season Up in the Air

For months there has been much speculation about the fate of 2016 northern shrimp quotas, particularly in SFA (shrimp fishing area) 6, located adjacent to the northeast coast of Newfoundland and the southeast coast of Labrador. On Feb. 23, the Fish Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) surprised some when it publicly called for an immediate halt to all northern shrimp fishing activity in SFA 6, setting off a series of union-organized public rallies across the province. The call for a ...

Shrimp Science, Policy Under Critical Review: Sharp Decline in Stock Sparks Action and Debate

It’s one of the smallest species being fished in Newfoundland and Labrador waters, but this spring it is the subject of one of the biggest controversies to be had in the province’s fishery in years. Shrimp has become a key stock in maintaining the fishing industry in waters off the north and northeast parts of the island and southern Labrador. But the shrimp stock has been in decline for a number of years and a stock status update released in February by the Department of Fisheries ...

LIFO Policy to be Temporarily Suspended, CBC Reports

Late Monday, CBC reported a federal government announcement is forthcoming this week that will temporarily suspend the much-debated and controversial last in, first out (LIFO) policy in the shrimp fishery. CBC stated that a seven-person panel will be appointed to study that policy and will report its findings by mid-June. It also said the shrimp fishery in SFA 4 and 5 will continue as planned, but area 6 will be suspended pending the panel's report. For months there has been much ...