Daily Archives: July 4, 2022

Panel-system of fish pricing has collapsed: SEA-NL

Seaward Enterprises Association of Newfoundland and Labrador says the panel system of fish pricing in this province has collapsed, with the panel either setting prices that will not result in a fishery, or processors ignoring prices and unilaterally setting their own. SEA-NL is calling on the provincial government to immediately step in and restore confidence in fish pricing. “The panel system has become a joke not only here in Newfoundland and Labrador, but with fishermen right around Eastern Canada laughing at us,” says Ryan Cleary, SEA-NL’s executive director. In mid-May the provincial government-appointed price-setting panel set the latest price for snow crab paid to the inshore fleet at $6.15/lb. Processors refused to buy crab for that price,,, >click to read the rest< 22:31

A note from Nils Stolpe: Comment on Proposed Hudson Canyon National Marine Sanctuary

I suspect, particularly considering the new and newly active Supreme Court, that there is going to be a huge push to fulfill the aspirations of the various “anti” groups to implement (impose?) their wish lists ASAP. I suspect as well that the current administration is worried about the appearance of its carte blanche granting of seemingly “do anything you want in the oceans” policy vis a vis wind power and is throwing this out as an indication that it really does care about the oceans. The effectiveness of so-called Marine Sanctuaries is still questionable but that’s no guarantee that you won’t have one in your bit of the ocean if the idea proliferates. Please take the time to go to Notice of Intent to Conduct Scoping and to Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Hudson Canyon National Marine Sanctuary and comment on this issue. Please keep in mind the fact that your waters and your fishery might be next. Nils 13:24

1-year commercial cod moratorium ordered for northern Gulf of St. Lawrence

Two days after the 30th anniversary of the 1992 cod moratorium that decimated the Newfoundland and Labrador economy, Ottawa has closed commercial cod fishing in the northern Gulf of St. Lawrence. On Monday, Fisheries and Oceans Minister Joyce Murray announced a one-year ban on directed commercial fishing in the northern Gulf of St. Lawrence in order to give young fish time to reach maturity. >click to read<

Rebuilding the Cod Fishery in Northern Gulf of St. Lawrence – “This is a tough decision; I recognize this commercial closure will pose economic challenges for many harvesters and comes at a hard time for people in Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec. >click to read<

 FFAW-Unifor Disappointed with Minister Decision to Close Gulf Cod – Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union is deeply disappointed with Minister Joyce Murray’s decision to close the cod fishery in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The small cod fishery is economically and culturally significant to the region, and science has shown that natural mortality is the key unaddressed factor in the stock’s ability to grow. >click to read< 12:11

A troubled business

The size of the letters in the handwriting on the wall for the Alaska commercial salmon industry just keep getting bigger. Only days after the Bristol Bay sockeye harvest began with processors offering $1 per pound for some of Alaska’s best salmon, Atlantic Sapphire announced it had raised another $100 million-plus in capital to expand its land-based salmon farm in Homestead, Fla. Fish Farmer magazine reported that planned increases in a wealth tax imposed on private fish farmers in Norway helped push considerable Norwegian investment toward the company, but it is becoming increasingly clear that taxes or not there is strong investor belief in the idea that land-based, recirculating aquaculture systems are the salmon production method of the future despite the startup problems some of those farms have faced. >click to read< 10:55

Charter fishing crew reacts to saving overboard commercial fisherman’s life

A team of junior hockey players from Nashville and their dads went on a charter fishing tour with “New Beginning” early Sunday morning, when they spotted something strange. “I saw a gentleman waving,” passenger Ryan VanBuskirk said. “I said, ‘That’s a human out there!’ The United States Coast Guard said a commercial fishing boat captain fell overboard around midnight— with no life jacket. A crew member on the captain’s boat, the F/V Fiona Leone, notified the USCG around 4 a.m. Sunday that he fell overboard while the boat was on autopilot. The charter fishing group said it’s a miracle they found the man around 7 a.m. on Sunday. Video, >click to watch/read< 08:36

Independence Day – God Bless America