Tag Archives: Newfoundland / Labrador

Large vessel owners accuse FFAW of ‘double standard’ – Fishing industry divided on how to handle northern shrimp

A union call to shut down the lucrative shrimp fishery off the northeast coast of Newfoundland and the south coast of Labrador because of declining stocks has other players saying that goes too far.  It’s a politically charged debate, with roots in the battle between huge factory freezer trawlers and smaller inshore vessels, about who will get a share of the dwindling resource. “I’m nervous,” Twillingate harvester Brad Watkins told the Central Morning Show Thursday, saying a shutdown could drive brokers and buyers to other parts of the world. “That’s a very scary thing to be thinking about. I think they are jumping too fast here,” said Watkins. Read the rest here 16:02

Newfoundland & Labrador’s Northern Shrimp Inshore Fleet: a lesson in the importance of small scale fisheries.

cropped-small-scales-banner1Small scale fisheries are crucial for the social and economic well-being of coastal communities. But when push comes to shove, we need data to back up the sentiment. In the case of Newfoundland and Labrador’s (NL) Northern Shrimp inshore fleet, the shove came in the form of DFO allocations of a declining resource. In 2014, the inshore fleet allocation was cut 26% from 2013 levels while offshore allocation was cut by just 5%. Northern shrimp cuts to the inshore will hurt coastal communities throughout the province,,, Read the rest here 21:28

“How do you like this sealfie?” – “Sealfies” in support of the seal hunt!!

sealfieMany of you have embraced the “sealfie” movement started in Nunavut last week. It’s a way to show support for the seal hunt, and is directed towards television host Ellen DeGeneres who is opposed to the hunt. Melissa Petten asks, “How do you like this sealfie?” I LOVE IT!  See more here cbc   19:25

Newfoundland / Labrador Cod fishing for food: right or privilege?

I’m writing on the last day of the first leg of the 2013 recreational cod fishery. It’s early Sunday morning and the rain is pouring down in buckets. There’s quite a breeze of wind blowing as well, a very sweet morning for relaxing or working under a tight roof with a steaming cup of strong black Costa Rican coffee. There won’t be any boats cod fishing off Mad Rock this morning. But you never know, the last day and all, some silly soul might venture forth from a sheltered harbour and risk life and limb for a few fillets of cod. I’ve seen it before with my own eyes. more@weekendtelegram23:11:39