Tag Archives: NAFO

FISH-NL questions quiet reopening of Canadian ports to banned Faroese and Greenland trawlers

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is calling on Ottawa to explain its decision almost a year ago to quietly reopen Canadian ports to trawlers from the Faroe Islands and Greenland that had been banned for overfishing northern shrimp. “Why exactly was the ban lifted, and why didn’t the federal government make the news public when the decision was made?” questions Ryan Cleary, President of FISH-NL. click here to read the press release 11:48

NOAA Seeking U.S. Commissioner to the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization

NOAA Fisheries is seeking a U.S. citizen to serve a four-year term as a Commissioner representing the commercial fishing industry to the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO). NAFO is a regional fisheries management organization with 12 Contracting Parties that coordinates scientific study and cooperative management of the fisheries resources of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean, excluding salmon, tunas/marlins, whales, and sedentary species (e.g., shellfish). click here to read the press release 16:26

NAFO Meets For The First Time Under Modernized Convention – Significant Decisions Were Made

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  MONTRÉAL, QC, 22 SEPTEMBER 2017- The 39th Annual Meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) took place from 18 to 22 September in Montréal, Canada. Over 180 delegates from 11 NAFO Contracting Parties were welcomed to Montréal by NAFO President, Stéphane Artano, and the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.,,, In addition, to the traditional total allowable catch (TAC)* and quota decisions, significant decisions were made regarding the following: agreed to a management strategy for Greenland halibut, agreed to relaunch its second performance review, agreed to protect the entire New England Seamount chain, agreed to a benchmark assessment of cod on the Flemish Cap in 2018. re-elected current President click here to read the press release 19:32

FISH-NL accuses FFAW-Unifor of hypocrisy, preaching ‘fair access’ for inshore harvesters while squeezing them out 

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) accuses the FFAW-Unifor of hypocrisy for preaching “fair access” to adjacent resources for inshore harvesters while, in practice, squeezing them out. “If the FFAW said the sun was splitting the rocks inshore harvesters would run for their oil clothes,” says Ryan Cleary, President of FISH-NL. “When it comes to the deck of a fishing boat the union’s credibility is non-existent.” The FFAW-Unifor issued a news release earlier today (click here) announcing the formation of a new committee focused on securing “fair and reasonable” access for the inshore fleet to fish resources adjacent to the province’s shores. In particular, access to groundfish species such as greysole, turbot, redfish and American plaice, quotas for many of which are managed by the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO), which oversees fishing in international waters outside Canada’s 200-mile limit. click here to read the press release 13:27

Canadian patrols and inspections of NAFO vessels off N.L. coast drop by 50%

portuguese-vessel-santa-isabel“An analysis of program data identified that patrol days and at-sea inspections in the NAFO regulatory area have decreased by 50 per cent between 2011 and 2015,” an internal DFO report published in March noted. Fisheries and Oceans officials told CBC News this week there are reasons for the reduction. There are now fewer foreign ships fishing in international waters outside Canada’s 200-mile territorial limit, and they are subject to more stringent reporting requirements. That, according to DFO, means fewer ships are necessary to monitor them. “We were comfortable making the decision back in 2012 to reduce our numbers of inspections, based on the fact that we had seen better compliance, smaller number of vessels,” said Allan MacLean, director general of the conservation and protection program at DFO. “It’s kind of like taking the cops off the Trans-Canada Highway on a long weekend, ” Earle McCurdy said. Read the rest here 11:31

Letter: Follow the leaders in fisheries management – Gus Etchegary Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s

dfocrestI have recently been in contact with former associates in Iceland, Norway and other advanced fishing nations on the status of their fishing industries, including fisheries management, processing technology, customer demands (for fresh, primary and secondary-processed fish products) and ongoing technical advances. I also questioned how these developments impact prices paid to fishermen and processing plant labour. As a result of impressive technical advances made in Iceland, Norway and Alaska in resource management and other key areas from processing higher quality fish and market development, their industries are now paying far higher prices to fishermen and higher wages to processors. Of even greater significance is the enormous contribution their fishing industry is making to their respective economies. Read the rest here 09:58

Objections registered to 3PS MSC cod certification will be heard by adjudicator

A hearing on whether the Canadian southern Newfoundland cod fishery in 3 PS will get MSC certification was held on Feb. 10. The Southern Newfoundland cod fishery, in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization, has completed its MSC assessment, and the certifier has recommended certification for the major fishery gear types for both inshore and offshore cod. This certification has been in process since 2013, and is being strongly supported by WWF and the clients, Icewater Fisheries and Ocean Choice International. The certification is a requirement for sales of this cod into the European market. Read the rest here 13:55

Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO): Tougher penalties still needed in the offshore: MP

While the number of foreign offshore fishing vessels dropping gear outside Canada’s 200-mile limit has declined significantly since the 1990s, what remains the same is the criticism of the penalties given to vessels that break the rules. Under the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO), which manages the area, vessels cited for  have to be dealt with by their home countries — the NAFO contracting parties. Read the rest here 09:48

Coldwater shrimp sector faces more cuts as NAFO closes Grand Banks

Further steep reductions in also known as northern shrimp, could come in 2015 in both the Grand Banks and Greenland. After years of declining catches in the Grand Banks, the North Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) has now recommended that all fishing in the Grand Banks be stopped next year. Read the rest here  08:30

NAFO urged to protect deep sea species – Environmentalists working to mitigate damage done by bottom trawling

“We want NAFO to mitigate the effects of bottom trawling and protect areas with coral and sponges,” said Susanna Fuller, marine conservation co-ordinator with Halifax’s Ecology Action Centre, in an interview Friday. Fuller, who is also treasurer of the 70-member Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, plans to be an observer at the 36th annual meeting of the organization that runs Monday through Friday in Vigo, Spain. Read the rest here 14:37

NAFO to discuss TACs at upcoming 36th annual meeting in Spain

Catch limits will take center stage at the North Atlantic Fisheries Organization’s meeting in Vigo, Spain, on Sept. 22-26, said the European fisheries and maritime affairs commission. Read the rest here 14:33

NAFO cites foreign ships with illegal catches – Spanish vessel issued serious citation for hiding excess catch

863a4ac9dc_64635696_o2Canada’s Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) released a list of two vessels cited with not recording catches and  off the coast of Newfoundland. Spanish vessel Puente Sabaris and Russian ship Melkart-3 were issued citations in May 2014. Read more here 20:22

Canadian offshore shrimp sector braces for cuts – “We’re all shocked by the conclusions of the science.,,

maine shrimpCanada’s inshore coldwater shrimp fishery is not the only one fearing large reductions in quotas for 2014. The offshore sector is also bracing itself after scientific surveys returned a surprisingly poor picture of the biomass in some of the key fishing areas, said some industry players. While they might not end up as big in terms of absolute volume, the cuts for the offshore sector could be much steeper proportionally. Read more here  Undercurrent News 09:00

One of the largest offshore enforcement operations in memory – NAFO cites foreign vessels with illegally caught fish

In what is one of the largest offshore enforcement operations in memory, Canadian Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) inspectors have cited a dozen foreign fishing vessels for illegally harvesting 431.7 tonnes of redfish in division 3M. The citations were issued between July 30 and Aug. 22 and involve Russian Federation and European Union vessels — many of which are multiple repeat offenders for offshore illegal fishing activity. [email protected] 16:06