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FFAW Calls for Immediate Halt to Northern Shrimp Fishery in Area 6

The Fish Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) is calling for an immediate halt to all northern shrimp fishing activity in Shrimp Fishing Area 6 (SFA6), which is located adjacent to the northeast coast of Newfoundland and the southeast coast of Labrador. The call for a halt is in response to reports that the fishable biomass for SFA6 has declined sharply over the past year. “If the reports we have received are accurate, then we are facing a very difficult situation in the northern shrimp ...

2016 Shrimp Fishery Continues to Face Adversity

A year ago, the shrimp fishery off Newfoundland and Labrador was facing much uncertainty — 12 months later, nothing appears to have changed. Last fall, in the wake of quota cuts, harvesters that depend on the lucrative shrimp fishery were very worried. The inshore shrimp sector had taken a beating in recent years. Federal quota reductions for 2014 included a cut of 20 per cent to Shrimp Fishing Area 6, with the inshore fleet having its allocation reduced by approximately 10,000 tonnes ...

Amended Closing Date for Shrimp in Area 6 for 3L Fleet

DFO advises that the Northern shrimp fishery for 3L vessels, is not being taken as quickly as expected. Therefore, the shrimp fishery in Shrimp Fishing Area 6 for inshore vessels based in NAFO Division 3L, will now close at 2000 hours on Monday, August 17, 2015. The quota for this fleet is expected to be taken at that time.

Soft-Shell Closed Area for Crab and Shrimp Fishing in NAFO Division 2J

DFO advises that in accordance with the soft-shell crab protocol, that Grids R39 and R40 in NAFO Division 2J will close to fishing snow crab and shrimp at midnight on Saturday, June 27, 2015 due to a high incidence of soft-shell crab. All crab pots must be removed from this area. These grids will re-open on August 27, 2015 for northern shrimp.  The coordinates for these grids are: R39 52° 30’ North, 54° 00’ West 52° 30’ North, 53° 50’ West 52° 20’ North, 53° ...

Softshell Closures in NAFO Division 3K for Crab and Shrimp

DFO advises that in accordance with the soft-shell crab protocol, that the following grids AG-45, AH-45 and AI-45  in Crab Fishing Area 4 in NAFO Division 3K will close to fishing snow crab and shrimp at midnight on Thursday, June 25, 2015 due to a high incidence of soft-shell crab. All crab pots must be removed from this area. The closure for northern shrimp is in effect for 60 days, and will re-open on August 25, 2015. The grids are defined by the following co-ordinates: AG45 ...

Inshore Shrimp Fishery Opening

DFO advised that the inshore and midshore Shrimp fishery in Shrimp Fishing Area (SFA) 6, for vessels less than 100 feet, based in NAFO Divisions 3L and 4R, opened at 0600 hours on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Licence fees and licence conditions are available through the National Online Licencing System (NOLS). Please ensure that you have the new licence conditions, issued last week, before sailing. Fish harvesters are reminded that At-Sea Observer coverage must be arranged prior to ...

DFO Stamps 2015 Shrimp Quota Rollover

As was reported in the April issue of The Navigator, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans has officially agreed to a recommended rollover of the 2015 Northern shrimp quotas. In March, in the midst of a ramped up protest movement by the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor), the offshore and inshore shrimp fleets unexpectedly approved a plan that would see no cuts to shrimp quotas in fishing areas off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2015 — notably in critical ...

Inshore Shrimp Fishery Opening

DFO advises that the inshore shrimp fishery in Shrimp Fishing Areas (SFA) 4, 5, and 6, for vessels less than 100 feet, based in NAFO Divisions 2J, 3K north, and 3K south will open at 0600 hours on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Less than 100 feet vessels based in 3L and 4R remain closed at this time. Licence fees and licence conditions are available through the national online licencing system (NOLS). Fish harvesters are reminded that at-sea observer coverage must be arranged prior to commenc...

Unified Support for 2015 Shrimp Quota Status Quo

LIFO issue continues to bubble under the surface It appears the shrimp quota battle might be over before it really got started – for now at least. Last month, in the midst of a ramped up protest movement by the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor), the offshore and inshore shrimp fleets unexpectedly approved a plan that would see no cuts to quotas in fishing areas off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2015 — notably in critical northeast coast Area 6. The unified ...

Will CETA War Overshadow Shrimp Battle?

Uncertainty remains the catchword for the 2015 Atlantic Canada shrimp fishery. Many harvesters are waiting, with much trepidation, to see if additional shrimp quota cuts will be coming this year. However, some indicators are pointing to a further tightening of already shrinking quotas. Question to be asked is what will be the extent of those abatements? Fishermen took a major hit last year when federal quota reductions included a cut of 20 per cent to Shrimp Fishing Area Six, with the ...