Tag Archives: Fisheries Minister Gail Shea

Gail Shea’s stance on shrimp allocations may be softening – Province delivers shrimp impact report to feds

The shrimp fishery in this province is basically divided into a large factory freezer fleet in the offshore, and the smaller vessel fleet in the inshore. Under the last in, first out (LIFO) policy, the inshore is forced to contend with the bulk of any quota reductions that come about. In 2014, the LIFO policy resulted in the inshore losing more than 30 per cent of its shrimp, while the offshore fleets lost less than five per cent. The province’s report states that current sharing arrangement, if continued, would prove disastrous for many rural regions. Read the rest here 09:59

Too much competition in Maritime lobster fishery, says Shea

The Maritime provinces need to stop competing against each other, says federal , and proceed with a lobster levy to promote Canadian lobster internationally. “It became abundantly clear to me in travelling internationally that the industry has been doing way too much competing against each other instead of working together to get products to market,” said Shea Read the rest here 11:27

First Nations fight feds over decision to open herring-roe fisheries

herring bcThe goal for all three first nations is to convince the federal government to look at the evidence and keep the herring fisheries closed in their areas — herring remain abundant in the Strait of Georgia and Prince Rupert — until there are enough fish to support commercial fishing. They would also like to work with the government to manage the fisheries, which they believe have been badly managed thus far. Read the rest here 20:43

Fisheries minister accepts recommendation for no lobster ballot industry vote next year

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2SOUTHWESTERN NOVA SCOTIA – Usually with less than a month to go before the end-of-November start to the commercial lobster fishery in Yarmouth and parts of Shelburne and Digby counties, the industry would be debating whether changes are needed in an attempt to control landings and better prices. Read the rest here 23:07

New aquaculture regulations simplifies process, say’s Fisheries Minister Gail Shea

CALGARY – New federal aquaculture regulations announced Thursday would cut red tape and simplify the process for the industry, Fisheries Minister Gail Shea says. Read more here 21:33


Fisheries Minister Gail Shea mum on shrimp quota cuts

CBC_News_logoFederal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea is declining interviews on a controversial cut to inshore shrimp quotas. Newfoundland and Labrador`s representative in the federal cabinet, ACOA Minister and Nova Scotia MP Rob Moore is doing the same. Earlier this month, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced a 9,000-tonne cut from the inshore fishery for northern shrimp quotas, while only 1,000 was cut from the offshore trawl fleet.  Read more here  17:04

Looming conflict between First Nation and feds traps herring fisherman in between.

In Bella Bella, the Heiltsuk Nation is preparing to block any attempts to catch herring by 20 commercial fishing vessels currently anchored in Shearwater, where they wait for fish to begin spawning. Read more here thetyee.ca 08:32

Lobster industry must reduce on its own, says Shea

CBC_News_logoTaxpayers should not have to fund another lobster licence buyout, says federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea. Shea said industry associations have their own fish quotas that were provided to help rationalize fleets. She noted that in Newfoundland the industry has had success in reducing its own capacity. Read more here  14:27

Sound Science Underpins Minister’s Roe Herring Decisions

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2VANCOUVER, March 17, 2014 /CNW/ – “Fisheries Minister Gail Shea’s decision to re-open small scale fisheries on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, the Central Coast and Haida Gwaii was based on sound peer-reviewed science and solid policy,” says Greg Thomas, Chair of the Herring Industry Advisory Board (HIAB). Read more here  11:02

Fisheries Minister Gail Shea overruled the recommendation of her most senior department staff, scientists, and herring managers in BC.

In a surprising revelation, a document provided by Canada in a legal action brought by five Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations shows that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) supports the Haida, Heiltsuk, and Nuu-chah-nulth Nations’ view that there should be no commercial roe herring fisheries in their territories in 2014.  Read [email protected]  16:32

Fisheries Minister Gail Shea has canceled two funding announcements that had been scheduled for Friday.

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2No reason was given for the cancelations; however, blowing snow and about five cm of snowfall is predicted to cause travel problems across Atlantic Canada today. Shea had been scheduled to make announcements at both ADL in Summerside and the South Shore Actiplex in Crapaud. journalpioneer.com 08:43

Fisheries Minister Gail Shea supports lobster report – Maritime Lobster Panel made 33 recommendations to improve industry

Among the report’s 33 recommendations included a levy on every pound of lobster landed so that money could be used to market the product. Another suggestion was that lobster prices be set before fishermen head out for the season. Shea has some of her own recommendations for the lobster industry as well. [email protected]  14:16

British Columbia Seine fisherman defends dumping of pink salmon during aboriginal fishery

The captain of a seine boat that dumped pink salmon during an aboriginal fishery in Johnstone Strait said Tuesday he is the victim of federal policy and that he takes care not to waste salmon.  [email protected]