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2017 N.L. Shrimp Price Drops Below $1/Pound

The beleaguered Newfoundland and Labrador Northern Shrimp industry received more bad news recently when the 2017 price was set at .95 cents/pound (CAD). This is down from the average price of $1.40/pound in 2016 and $1.80/pound in 2015. This lower price follows on the heels of recent massive quota cuts to Northern shrimp, particularly in Shrimp Fishing Area (SFA) 6. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced a 63 per cent cut to the inshore Northern shrimp quota in fishing ...

Dire Predictions for N.L. Crab and Shrimp Stocks

Scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are painting bleak pictures for the upcoming 2017 snow crab and Northern shrimp seasons off Newfoundland. Many in the industry are anticipating cuts to the snow crab quotas and another big hit to the already beleaguered shrimp fishery. And if the DFO quota regulators take the advice of their science colleagues, both valuable fisheries are destined for cuts during the 2017 season. DFO snow crab lead Dr. Darrell Mullowney said the ...

N.L. Northern Shrimp Quota Takes Another Big Hit

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has announced a 63 per cent cut to the inshore Northern shrimp quota in fishing area 6 – meaning the total allowable catch for SFA 6 went from 48,196 tonnes in 2015 to 27,825 tonnes in 2016, to 10,400 tonnes announced for 2017. This amounts to a 78 per cent quota reduction over two years. These dramatic cuts to the harvest rate are not in line with the reduction in the Northern shrimp biomass, claims the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union ...

More Fisheries Closing

DFO advised that the shrimp fishery in Shrimp Fishing Area 6 (Northern Shrimp), that portion of NAFO sub-Division 3Ps in Shrimp Fishing Area 7, and in Shrimp Fishing Area 8 (Gulf Shrimp) for inshore vessels less than 100 feet, based in NAFO Divisions 2J, 3K north, 3K south, 3L, 3Ps, and 4R will close on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 2000 hours. DFO also advised that the Bluefin Tuna fishery in NAFO Divisions 3LNOP for all vessels and all gear types, including catch and release, will ...

N.L. Snow Crab Landings Fall to 1996 Levels

Japan Cuts Purchases and Prices Spike 30 Per Cent Canadian snow crab prices are now 30 per cent higher than last year, as the Newfoundland season is done, with the exception of a couple of fishing areas outside of 200 miles. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) reported that 37,958 tonnes have been landed, or 89 per cent of the 42,650-tonne quota. However, nearly 3,000 tonnes of quota is in areas such as 3PS where the fishery has already closed, so total landings will be below ...

On the Waterfront — September 2016

OCT Transfers Port Union Plant to Town The shuttered Ocean Choice International (OCI) fish plant in Port Union, Newfoundland has been handed over to the Municipality of Trinity Bay North. The plant was closed in 2010 after being severely damaged by Hurricane Igor. At peak capacity, the plant employed more than 170 workers. OCI said after six years without finding a way to reopen the plant, the company decided to transfer the plant over to the municipality at no cost. The company added ...

OCI Transfers Port Union Plant to Town

The shuttered Ocean Choice International (OCI) fish plant in Port Union, Newfoundland has been handed over to the Municipality of Trinity Bay North. The plant was closed in 2010 after being severely damaged by Hurricane Igor. At peak capacity, the plant employed more than 170 workers. OCI said after six years without finding a way to reopen the plant, the company decided to transfer the plant over to the municipality at no cost. The company added that it has done more than $2 million in ...

More Than $70,000 in Fines for Illegal Fishing Activity in Newfoundland and Labrador

In the second quarter of 2016 alone, more than $70,000 in fines were issued for fisheries violations in Newfoundland and Labrador. Some of the significant penalties included: Shrimp Roger Hammond of Catalina was fined $35,983 for fishing in the Funk Island Deep closed area. He must also report via Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) at 15-minute intervals for a period of two years. Recreational Salmon John Stride of Conne River was fined $2,500 for jigging Atlantic salmon on the ...

For Nova Scotia it’s Déjà vu All Over Again

The latest brouhaha between fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia is over shrimp quota allocations. So what else is new? Years ago, I remember discussing various fisheries topics with the then-federal Fisheries Minister Romeo LeBlanc. At one point I asked him what was the most difficult part of his job and he quickly replied, “allocations.” Since the 1970s, a policy known as Last In, First Out (LIFO) has been in effect in Atlantic Canada. In other words, the first ...

Lobster Gives the Province’s Fishery Some Crawl Space

A Bright Spot in Dark Days of Crab and Shrimp Stock Decline, Controversy With predominant fisheries such as snow crab and Northern shrimp soaking up much of the industry’s attention in the province in recent years, the lobster fishery proceeds largely under the radar, though its contribution to many fishermen and rural Newfoundland communities is crucial. It’s a fishery where most will agree management measures in the past — programs of licence buyout, restructuring, conservation ...