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GNS Commercial Mackerel Landings for September 18th, 2017: Commercial mackerel landings are currently estimated at 5,736 tonnes (as of September 18, 2017).
Note to Summer Halibut Fishery: New Conditions of Licence for the GNS Summer halibut fishery were released yesterday evening increasing the number of hooks permitted from 1000 to 1500.
Please ensure you have the correct Conditions of Licence as this was the second amendment made yesterday.
GNS Summer Halibut Fishery Update for September 18, 2017:Upon review of the forecast this morning, DFO have requested a Variation Order to open the GNS Summer halibut fishery daily from 6:00 am Tuesday, September 19 through to 6:00 pm, Saturday, September 23, 2017. Amended Licence conditions will be generated to fishers National Online Licensing System (NOLS) account this evening as a clause has been added to the condition identifying that gear must be tended when fishing in depths greater than 20 fathoms.
There is approximately 13 t remaining from the GNS Summer halibut fishery quota.
GNS Commercial Mackerel Landings for September 15th, 2017: commercial mackerel landings are currently estimated at 5,607 tonnes.
GNS Commercial Mackerel Landings for September 13th, 2017: Commercial mackerel landings are currently estimated at 5, 555 tonnes.
GNS Summer Halibut Fishery Update for September 11th, 2017: Upon review of the forecast, the fishery will open Wednesday, September 13th to Saturday, September 16th from 6am - 6pm. There is approximately 15 t remaining from the GNS Summer halibut fishery quota.
GNS Commercial Mackerel Landings for September 8th, 2017: Commercial mackerel landings are currently estimated at 5, 286 tonnes (as of September 8, 2017).
GNS Summer Halibut Fishery Update for September 8th, 2017:Upon review of the forecast , DFO will not be opening the GNS Summer halibut fishery on Monday, September 11, 2017.
They will review the forecast again Monday morning with hopes of opening the fishery on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. If the forecast is favourable for the Tuesday opening, the plan is to open the fishery daily from 6 am to 6 pm from Tuesday, September 12, 2017 to Friday, September 15, 2017.
GNS Commercial Mackerel Landings for September 6th, 2017: Commercial mackerel landings are currently estimated at 5, 239 tonnes. Please note that this landings number has been revised due to a previous error in the data.
GNS Summer Halibut Fishery Update for September 5th, 2017: There will be no opening of the fishery for this week. DFO will review the forecast again Friday morning with hopes of opening the fishery on Monday, September 11, 2017. If the forecast is favourable the fishery would be open Monday, September 11, 2017 to Thursday, September 14, 2017.
GNS Summer Halibut Fishery: There’s approximately 15 t remaining from the Gulf Nova Scotia summer fishery quota. Tuesday morning, September 5, 2017, a conference call will be held to discuss the possibility of opening the fishery for September 6, 7 and 8, 2017. DFO will provide an update after the discussion.
Commercial Mackerel Landings for September 1st, 2017: Commercial mackerel landings for the 2017 season will be released weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please note commercial mackerel landings are currently estimated at 5, 663.71 tonnes. Please note the next update will be on Wednesday September 6, 2017
Important Reminder - Fee deadline is today, September 1st! All forms and payments must be postmarked no later than today, September 1st in order to avoid fines and charges for non-payment. Remember, if you do not wish to join a particular organization, there is an option for that on the form.
Mackerel Conference Call Summary:
The conference call was held on Thursday, August 24th. Some main points from this call:
- The main concern of those who took part was to increase the TAC. However, it doesn’t look as though this will happen.
- Many who participated in the call were upset with the TAC and with the way DFO handles distribution.
- The Canadian quota is 10,000 metric ton.
- Over 50% of this quota is already caught.
- DFO is proposing to release a quota update every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
- It is advised that any fisher who plans on freezing bait harvest it as soon as possible.
Atlantic Fisheries Fund: On March 10th, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced an investment of $325 million in the fish and seafood sector. Together with the Atlantic Provinces, we are pleased to announce that the Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF) is now open for business. Along with provincial contributions, the fund now totals over $400 million. In the coming weeks and months, we will engage with Indigenous groups and stakeholders, including industry, NGOs, and the science and academic communities. We will continue this dialogue throughout the life of the program to help guide investment priorities, and identify opportunities and potential partners.
The fund will help advance a more sustainable and prosperous fish and seafood sector by focusing on the following pillars in Atlantic Canada:
o Innovation: to support research and development of new innovations that contribute to sustainability of the fish and seafood sector, and to create partnerships and networks that aim to promote and encourage innovations in the sector;
o Infrastructure: to adapt new technologies, processes, or equipment to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of the fish and seafood sector; and,
o Science Partnerships: to help better understand our scientific knowledge of the North Atlantic marine environment and the related changing oceanic conditions.
The AFF will invest primarily in the Atlantic Provinces through the first three pillars. Earlier this summer, at the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon, Minister LeBlanc announced that $30 million of the federal funds under the AFF will be used for a market access and development pillar, with funding to be made available to all Provinces and Territories across Canada. This program will soon be developed nationally.
Through this collaboration, we will maximize emerging opportunities to make this industry more marketable, innovative, productive and sustainable.
Please share this exciting news with anyone you feel might be interested in the fund.
For more information, please visit our website: http://atlanticfisheriesfund.ca or dial 1-844-795-9718.
Regional Director General, Gulf Region
Fisheries and Oceans Canada | Government of Canada
A/Regional Director General, Maritimes Region
Fisheries and Oceans Canada | Government of Canada
Commercial Mackerel Landings: Commercial mackerel landings for the 2017 season will be released weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please note commercial mackerel landings are currently estimated at 5,372.5 tonnes as of August 30, 2017.
Rock Crab LFA 26B and Toad Crab Fisheries: DFO wishes to advise there will be no opening of the toad crab fishery for 2017, or of the rock crab fishery in LFA 26B in 2017.
Rock Crab Fishery Update in LFA 26A: Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) wishes to inform rock crab fish harvesters fishing in Lobster Fishing Area (LFA) 26A that the section of the fishing area at a depth greater than 20 fathoms that has been closed to the rock crab fishery will remain closed for the 2017 season to prevent future incidents with North Atlantic Right Whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
As a reminder, licence holders are asked to report all observations of dead or injured marine mammals by calling 1-866-567-6277 and to refrain from attempting to untangle any whales.
The coordinates and map of the opened area in LFA 26A are included in the Notice to Fishers below for your reference:
Halibut Opening: Upon review of the forecast , the GNS Summer Halibut fishery will be opened daily on August 28, 29 and 30, 2017 between 06:00 h (ADT) and 18:00 h (ADT).
For your information, there’s approximately 18 t remaining from the Gulf Nova Scotia summer fishery quota.
Atlantic Mackerel Management Plan: Commercial License Freeze Notification: Please be advised that the Minister has implemented a temporary freeze on the issuance of new commercial mackerel licenses for fixed and mobile gear effective July 27, 2017. This includes the addition of new gear types to existing commercial licenses. Please contact your Regional Senior Advisor directly should you have any questions.
Halibut Opening: Upon review of the forecast , the GNS Summer Halibut fishery will be opened daily August 21, 22 and 23, 2017 between 06:00 h (ADT) and 18:00 h (ADT).
Halibut Opening: Upon review of the forecast , the GNS Summer Halibut fishery will be opened August 15, 16, 17, 2017 between 06:00 h (ADT) and 18:00 h (ADT).
Tuna 2017: Fisheries and Oceans Canada wishes to advise Gulf Nova Scotia (GNS) tuna licence holders that the commercial tuna fishing season for areas 4T-4Wd will open on August 3, 2017 at 6:00 a.m. (ADT). The fishery will remain open until the quota is harvested or until November 18, 2017, whichever comes first. The total quota available is 44.417 t.
151 tags are available to the GNS fleet in 2017. Tags will be allocated using the revolving tag list that has been used the past several years.
Tag transfers are permitted during the 2017 season. Licence holders may receive a maximum transfer of two tags during the season. A tuna licence holder can only do one of the following, not both:
- transfer tag(s) to another fisherman; - receive tag(s) in a transfer.
The revolving tag list will be resumed if additional tag allocations are available upon review of landings on September 27, 2017.
In 2017, there will be no reallocation of tags. The tags and conditions of licence will be valid for the entire 2017 season unless the quota is landed and the season is closed.
Tags will be available for pick up at the Gulf Nova Scotia Area Office in Antigonish on Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., or by appointment by calling 1-855-634-2355 or by emailing GulfInfoGolfe@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.
Click the link below to read the Notice to Fishers which include new management measures for the 2017 season:
Atlantic Mackerel Management Plan 2017: Click the link below to read the management plan:
Halibut opening delayed: Upon review of the forecast , DFO will NOT be opening the GNS Summer Halibut fishery Monday, August 14, 2017.
They will review the forecast again Monday morning with hopes of opening the fishery on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.
Looking for Volunteers for Halibut Study: DFO and the GNSFPB are partnering on a halibut science project. Any member of inverness south can apply to participate in the study if they own a longline licence. Only one or two fishers per organization will be allowed to conduct the survey. The survey will be conducted in September.
Please call Jordan to have your name on the list - 902-302-0038
Names have to be submitted by Friday August 11
Call Andrea MacInnis _902-968-1109 or Leonard Leblanc -902-224-2004
for details about the survey.
A few details which are available now:
Below is a map of the sites that have been randomly selected by DFO. They need to choose harvesters for sites 25, 23, 22, 19, 24, 21, 105, 102, and 104. .
Some of the details on the survey include:
Important Information Regarding Whales: Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) wishes to provide information to licence holders in the Gulf Region on the high number of North Atlantic Right Whales (NARWs) observed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Please read the Notice to Fishers below:
2017 Fishermen's Forum:
November 20-21, 2017
Holiday Inn, Prince Street, Truro NS
We're pleased to tell you that we've booked the seventh annual Fishermen's Forum, happening this year in Truro. Mark it on your calendar, and fire them an email if you have ideas of topics that you would like to learn more about.
They're anticipating another day-and-a-half event, once again full of great topics of discussion, and lots of great representation from fisheries around the maritimes.
Looking for a space to hold your meeting in?
They have booked some extra space on the afternoon of Nov. 21st following the Forum for organizations and associations that might like to hold a meeting while they have everyone together. Interested? Send them an email for more details:
Rock Crab Area 26A Restriction:
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) wishes to inform rock crab fish harvesters fishing in Lobster Fishing Area (LFA) 26A that a section of the fishing area at a depth greater than 20 fathoms will be closed when the fishery opens on August 7, 2017.
DFO is closing this section of LFA 26A to the rock crab fishery until August 31, 2017 inclusively to prevent future incidents with North Atlantic Right Whales (NARW) in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Licence holders are asked to report all observations of dead or injured marine mammals by calling a 1-866-567-6277 and to refrain from attempting to untangle any whales.
The coordinates and map of the opened area in LFA 26A are included in the Notice to Fishers below for reference:
Important: Area 12 Snow Crab Closure: Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) wishes to inform snow crab fish harvesters fishing in Crab Fishing Areas 12 (12, 18, 25, 26) that the fishing season will be closed on July 25, 2017 at 00:01 Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT). All gear must be removed from the water by 23:59 ADT on July 24, 2017.
DFO is closing the snow crab fishery earlier due to more recent incidents with North Atlantic Right Whales (NARW) in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Licence holders are asked to report all observations of dead or injured marine mammals by calling a 1-866-567-6277 and to refrain from attempting to untangle any whales.
Gulf Region Marine Conservation Targets Update: Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Gulf region is pleased to present you the second edition of the Marine Conservation Targets updates for Summer 2017.
In this edition of the newsletter, you’ll find more information and updates on:
· National marine conservation targets;
· Marine Protected Areas Network Development for the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence Bioregion;
· Areas of Interest;
· Sensitive Benthic Areas/Coral and Sponge;
· Other Effective Area Based Conservation Measures (OEABCM);
· Legislative Changes to the Oceans Act.
As always, DFO encourages everyone to provide feedback on content and format that could help them improve the newsletter.
Fleet Planning Board Generosity Continues: The Fleet Planning Board will once again be contributing towards the safety of our fishers. This fall the FPB will be delivering Emersion Suits and EPEIRBs to every member for free! As well, they have secured a quote from a company in New Brunswick for any of our members who needs to purchase a life raft. Anyone who wishes to take advantage of the quoted price, you must deal directly with Jonathan Gagne from Enterprises Shippagan LTD cell phone 1-506-888-0924 if you wish to make a purchase. Click the link below to see the quote:
16G Herring Fishery: This VO opens the 16G herring fishery on July 16th
The plan has not changed from last year except there will be a 2 week break between August 25 to September 10 before the main roe fishery opens.
LFA 26A Rock Crab: The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Gulf Region, wishes to advise that the fishery for rock crab in Lobster Fishing Area (LFA) 26A will open from 06:00 a.m. on August 7, 2017, until November 25, 2017. These season dates are in keeping with the practice of opening the fishery on the first Monday in August and closing it on the last Saturday of November. Click the link below to read the entire Notice to Fishers:
Area 12 Snow Crab Update for July 10th: Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) wishes to inform snow crab fish harvesters fishing in Crab Fishing Areas 12 (12, 18, 25, 26) that the fishing season is extended for a period of up to 14 additional days, until July 28, 2017 at 23:59 Atlantic Daylight Time (ADT), following requests made by industry. All gear must be removed from the water by 23:59 ADT on July 28, 2017.
Fish harvesters who wish to continue their fishing activities between July 15, 2017 and July 28, 2017 will need to obtain new licence conditions:
In New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, licence conditions will be automatically available through the National Online Licensing System; In Quebec, fish harvesters need to make a request for new licence conditions through the National Online Licensing System before these become available.
Due to recent events of several North Atlantic Right Whales (NARW) found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, DFO will implement an immediate mitigation measure to minimize the risks to the species which is listed as endangered under the Species at Risk Act (SARA).
A temporary closure to snow crab fishing activity will be in effect from 16:00 (ADT) on July 14, 2017 to 23:59 ADT on July 28, 2017 in an area where a concentration of NARWs has been observed. The closed area is identified on the map on the following page. This temporary closure supports the Department’s commitment to help prevent future incidents with the species during the remainder of the snow crab fishery. All snow crab gear will need to be removed from the closed area before 16:00 ADT on July 14, 2017. More closures could be implemented if deemed necessary.
Licence holders are asked to report all observations of dead or injured marine mammals by calling a 1-866-567-6277 and to refrain from attempting to untangle any whales.
Please see the notice below to see the closed area:
Bluefin Tuna Management 2017: DFO has released the 2017 management details and allocations for the Bluefin Tuna industry. Click the link below to read:
Important Notice from DFO regarding Area 12 Snow Crab: Please be advised that the snow crab fishery in crab fishing area (CFA) 12 will be extended beyond July 14, 2017. Please note that mitigation measures will be implemented during the extension period to minimize the risks to North Atlantic Right Whales (NARW) due to the recent unprecedented deaths of six NARW in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in the last two weeks.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada will provide details on the length of the season extension and mitigation measures early next week.
16F Summer Herring Fishery: The Summer fishery will open from 18:00 hours July 5 until 18:00 hours August 18. There will be weekend closures from 18:00 hours Friday to 18:00 hours the following Sunday for all weekends while the Summer fishery is open.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) wishes to advise 16 F herring licence holders that 100 t of the 2017 16 F Fall herring quota is available for the Summer fishery.
All fish harvesters must hail out to a Dockside Monitoring Company prior to 19:00 each evening before fishing.
View the Notice to Fishers and the Conservation Harvesting Plan below:
Reminder for Lobster Fishers in 26B south: The 2017 season will end on Thursday, June 29th. Due to DFO allowing an early set on April 29th, the season will close on June 29th.
LFA 26B North Season Extended: The request to extend the LFA 26 B North lobster fishery to Monday, July 10 has been approved.
Atlantic Halibut Fishery Spring Opening Date:
Antigonish – June 9, 2017: Fisheries and Oceans Canada announces that the Atlantic Halibut fishery will open for Gulf Nova Scotia fixed-gear licence holders, using Vessel Class A69, in NAFO Division 4T9a and 4T9b. The fishery will be opened from 5:00 am until 3:00 pm Tuesday, June 13, 2017. This period may be modified due to inclement weather or other circumstances. Should the fishery not open June 13, alternate opening dates will be on Wednesday, June 14, Thursday, June 15, or Friday, June 16. If conditions do not allow for an opening any of these days, industry will be consulted before a new date is announced. The remaining quota for the 2017 spring fishery is 16t.
GNS Spring Halibut Update for June 7th: DFO has provided an update on the 2017 GNS Spring halibut fishery. Approximately 31 t were landed in the opening May 24 and 25th, leaving 16 t remaining of the GNS Spring fishery quota.
DFO is still finalizing details but pending weather conditions, they’re planning another opening, again in groundfish areas 4T9a and 4T9b sometime next week, June 13, 14, 15, or 16.
GNS Spring Halibut Opening: The GNS halibut fishery will open from 05:00 hrs Wed, May 24 until 12:00 hrs (noon) Thurs, May 25 in groundfish areas 4T9a and 4T9b
GNS Spring Halibut Opening: DFO wanted to provide an update on the 2017 GNS Spring halibut fishery as of May 15th, 2017.
Still finalizing details but pending weather conditions, DFO are planning an opening of the fishery in groundfish areas 4T9a and 4T9b sometime next week, May 24, 25, or 26.
A reminder, as this is Victoria Day weekend, DFO will be closed Monday, May 22. Please ensure that any licencing requests through NOLS are made to allow for transactions to be completed in a timely manner.
Notice to Fish Harvesters - Crab Grid GZ37 Delay in Closure: Please read the Notice below regarding the delay in closure.
Mackerel Fishery Opening 2017: Please see below « Notice to fish harvesters – mackerel 2017 » related to the season opening for the mackerel fishery in mackerel fishing area 16 and the new management measures to be implemented for this year.
Lobster LFA 26B North Opening Update for May 12th: The LFA 26 B North lobster fishery will open at 6:00 am on Saturday, May 13. The Variation Order to open the fishery Saturday was already issued on Monday, May 8, and will remain in effect.
Lobster LFA 26B North Opening Update for May 10th: As weather conditions are still unfavorable, another call has been scheduled for May 11 at 8:30am.
Lobster LFA 26B North Opening Update for May 8th: Due to the unfavorable weather forecast this week, the LFA 26 B North lobster fishery will remain closed until weather conditions improve. A Variation Order is required today and DFO will open the fishery (weather permitting) on Saturday, May 13. However, the forecast will be reviewed and DFO will have a call daily at 8:30 am to discuss a possible opening before Saturday.
Lobster LFA 26B North Opening Update for May 5th: Again, due to an unfavorable weather forecast for Monday, May 8, the LFA 26B North lobster fishery will not open that day.
Another call will be held at 10:15 am Monday, May 8 to discuss weather conditions for a possible opening on Tuesday, May 9.
Lobster LFA 26B North Opening Update for May 4th: Due to the poor weather forecast for Saturday, May 6, LFA 26B North will not open that day.
DFO will have another call at 11:45 am tomorrow, Friday, May 5 to discuss weather conditions for a possible opening on Monday, May 8.
Lobster LFA 26B North Opening Conference Call: DFO is planning a call on Thursday at 11:00 am to discuss the weather forecast for the planned opening of LFA 26 B North on Saturday, May 6.
Crab Tender Results: The Crab Tender results for 2017 are as follows:
7 tenders were offered ranging in price from 59 cents to $1.25.
The three lowest bidders all agreed to fish the quota at 59 cents.
The three winners are:
John L. MacKinnon
Congratulations to the winners!
Tenders: Please find attached an invitation the Request for proposal “ Sentinel Survey Project – l Gear”
Please note that the solicitation closes May 11, 2017 at 2:00pm ADT
If you have any questions with regard to this solicitation, please send them to: DFOtenders.XNAT@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
2017 Lobster Season Opening: the conference call was held on Thursday, April 27th at 11am. Weather was deemed suitable. Opening will be on Saturday, April 29th.
2017 Crab Tender Meeting: The 2017 Crab Tender Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 27th at 6:30pm at the Mabou Parish Hall. Due to the time constraint this year, please spread the word regarding this meeting. For anyone who cannot print the form at home, the hall will be open 1/2 hour early and printed forms will be available to be completed.
Tender forms and information is available to print by clicking the links below:
2017 Snow Crab Quota: The Snow Crab Quota for Inverness South for 2017 is 86.486mt (190,668.992 lbs).
Snow Crab Season Opening: DFO has announced the 2017 Snow Crab season. The snow crab fishery in Crab Fishing Area 12 (12, 18, 25, 26).
The fishery will open at 02:00 ADT Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
The fishery will close on July 14, 2017 at 24:00 hrs ADT.
Green Crab Pilot Project Extension: Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) - Gulf Region wishes to advise stakeholders that the Green Crab Pilot Project has been extended for the 2017 season. This pilot project is for Gulf Region commercial American eel licence holders with fyke nets or eel pots gear to temporarily exchange their commercial eel licence for a green crab licence. Letters of Agreement will be sent out to those who have participated in the previous year for this fishery. Eligible licence holders interested in participating in this fishery are welcome to contact Departmental representatives listed below. All management measures will remain the same for the 2017 season. The season is scheduled from May 1 to November 15, 2017. Read the entire Notice to Fishers below:
Snow Crab Tagging Study: DFO is conducting a tagging study to better understand the movement of snow crab. For what to do if you catch a tagged crab, click the link below:
Crab Area 12F Conservation Harvesting Plan: Click the link below to read the Area 12F Conservation Harvesting Plan for 2017:
Crab Area 12F: DFO has released the 2017 Area 12F Notice to Fishers. The opening date of the snow crab fishery in Area 12F for the 2017 season has been set for April 19 at 5:00 (ADT) following the recommendation of representatives of the fleet. The fishery will close on July 14, 2017 at 23h59 (ADT).
Click the link below:
Fisher Meetings: DFO Fisheries Officers will be holding their annual meetings with fishers this week. These meetings are to review license conditions and changes for the upcoming season, as well as to address any questions anyone has before the season starts.
April 20th: Port Hood, 10:00am, Fire Hall.
April 21st: Inverness, 10:00am, Fire Hall.
Thank you: A huge thank you to all our members who took the time to attend the Lobster Handling Course. We will be sending our thanks to the Minister for extending this opportunity to our members. We provided the instructor with a lot of helpful tips to help her better design the course for presenting to fishers instead of buyers. She extended her thanks to all who took part.
Mackerel Advisory Committee Meeting: The Mackerel Advisory Committee Meeting was held in Halifax on March 30th. John L. MacKinnon attended for Inverness South. Click the links below to read his update from the meeting and view the mackerel science report:
The ALPAC/CCGPA Meetings: These tuna meetings were held in Halifax on March 14th and 15th. Dennis Cameron and Mel Watts attended for Inverness South. One of the presentations is available to view by clicking the link below:
Reminder of Lobster Handling Course: The Lobster Handling Course will be held Wednesday, April 12th, at the Mabou Parish Hall from 1 - 4pm. This course is FREE for all members of Inverness South Fishermen's Association courtesy of Minister Keith Coldwell. Everyone is encouraged to attend!
Update on Crab Tender for April 11th: We still do not have a final quota number, therefore, the tentative meeting date of Thursday, April 13th has been delayed. We will post the quota and meeting info as soon as it is available.
2017 Crab Tender: We have set a tentative date of Thursday, April 13th for our crab tender meeting. Anyone who is interested in submitting a tender this year will be required to have their tenders in at this meeting. I will be posting the quota and links to some paperwork as soon as I have it available.
Reminder of AGM: Reminder that the 2017 AGM is being held today, Saturday, April 8th, at 2pm at the Mabou Parish Hall. Andrea Flynn will present the science results from last season.
A few notes about the Lobster Handling Course: Please note the following:
1. The course is 3 hours long.
2. As with any other course, there is a test at the end which everyone must complete to receive their certificate.
3. Tests may be completed in groups in order to address any concerns with literacy or testing in general.
4. This course is being offered free of charge for our organizations members by Minister Coldwell.
The course will be held at the Mabou Parish Hall from 1 - 4pm.
We strongly encourage all Inverness South Members to attend! And again, please note that unfortunately this course is not for crew or fishers from other organizations.
Amendment to Sentinel Survey Project: Click the link below to view the amendment.
Sentinel Survey Project: The DFO requirement F5211-170042, 43, 44, 45, 50 Sentinel Survey Project - Longline gear has now been posted to BUY AND SELL.
Please follow the link below to access the solicitation information and documents:
Gulf Groundfish Advisory Committee Meeting: The Gulf Groundfish Advisory Committee Meeting was held in Moncton on March 22nd and 23rd. Trevor MacInnis attended for Inverness South. Some notes from the Meeting are below:
March 22 Gulf Groundfish Advisory meeting
- validity of the cosewic process was questioned
-since the moratorium the seal problem still hasn't been properly addressed
-Quota reports may not be shared other than for the larger fisheries
-need to assess the impact recovering fish stocks have on other species
-any rebuilding plans for fish stocks must include a plan for seals
- there is a need for a national conference on the state of the fishery in Canada
-USA is going to regulate fish products that are taken in a way that causes harm to marine mammals
- the Integrated Fish Management plan will be online shortly
recruitment for many of the ground fish stocks is somewhat strong except for southern gulf cod, the problem lies in the mortality rates of juvenile fishes due in large part to predation(SEALS)
Indicators are good for next few years
-no reliable way to measure the reproductive biomass
-the best way to determine the biomass would be with a longline survey for the whole gulf
-$450,000 needed for 150 stations across the gulf, 30 to 50 tonne of quota, of the Tac would cover it
-general support for this idea
-Redfish biomass for both species is growing but many of the fish are still small so there was debate on whether the quota should stay the same or raise it, most thought we should proceed with caution
Marine Protected Areas
-there was a much concern with the process and the so called consultation
-supposedly they are looking for very minimal impacts on fishermen
-some areas in the gulf have been identified as potential areas to protect
Safety Town Hall Meeting: North of Smokey is hosting a Safety Information Meeting and has invited the members of Inverness South. See the poster below for details:
Update as of March 29th: They are attempting to find a date to reschedule in April that suits everyone. The rescheduled date will be posted as soon as it is available.
Meeting Cancellation: Due to the predicted bad weather, the LFA 26A1 and LFA 26A3 Lobster Advisory Committee Meeting has been cancelled. They apologize for the last minute notice.
Update on tag delivery: Due to the road being blocked, tags for Mabou will be dropped off at the Mabou Arena instead of the wharf, same time.
Lobster Handling Program: Inverness South is planning on holding a lobster handling program in April for our members (offered for free by Minister Coldwell). Please let us know if you plan to attend so we can have an estimate of how many fishers will attend. Just click the link and send us an email:
Tag Delivery 2017: Tags will be delivered tomorrow, Friday, March 24th to Southern Inverness County at the following times and locations:
Judique Store 10 am
Murphy’s Pond Wharf 11 am
Mabou Harbour 1 pm
Inverness Wharf 2 pm.
For more information call 902-224-1100
Note: If stormy on Friday, Tag delivery will take place on Monday, March 27th at the same places and times.
Tags for Northern Inverness County are available for pickup at:
The Harbour Authority Building at 15461 Cabot Trail Road, Cheticamp, NS. Current hours are Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm
Click the link below to read the entire notice from Cheticamp Monitoring:
Carapace size increase delay: On Tuesday, March 21st, we received a confirmation from DFO that our request to delay the carapace size increase 1 year has been APPROVED. As such, the minimum size in LFA 26 B South will remain at 81 mm for the 2017 season and increase to 82.5 mm in the 2018 season. As identified last year, in 2017, the lobster trap escape mechanism will be required to be a minimum size of 44 mm in height by 127 mm in length.
2017 Ministers Conference and Safety Certification Workshop: Trevor MacInnis attended for Inverness South this year. Both meetings were held in Dartmouth, NS. A brief from each meeting is below:
- goal is to access the $50 registration fee currently paid to DFO, and use it to notify and train fishers in all the new requirements being put in place by Transport Canada, The Labor Board Etc
- fishers would still have the choice to pay the $50 to DFO if they so choose
-Fairly well attended
-noted that this process has been going on for 20 plus years
-will need the Treasury Board"s approval to access the $50
-Hoping for things to be in place for 2019
-Board selection to be next item on the agenda and a final decision on the requirements per level of training
-largest attendance ever with representation from all aspects of the industry ( processors, marketing, fishers etc)
-noted that NS fish exports for 2016 were 1.6 billion dollars
-Keynote speaker was Malcom Lawson CR8 Rock lobster Industry Association in New Zealand- he talked about how their fishery has evolved to meet Asian demand and has primarily went to a luxury market with their prices reaching as high as $50/lb, noting as well that they deal with far fewer numbers than Atlantic canada, he still wondered if we could not use even a portion of our fishery to access the same luxury markets that they do
-quality of the product, not just lobster was the recurring theme of the meeting
-also the emerging need to be more aware of the consumer's concerns, therefore sustainability and conservation practices need to be at the forefront of any marketing strategies in the future
-Ron Robichaud,Professional Business coach did a presentation on succession planning and the need for fishers to be prepared well in advance of a final decision to sell/ transfer your enterprise
2017 Crab Quota: Exact numbers from DFO are not available yet, but the quota is expected to more than double the quota from last year. Exact numbers will be posted when we receive them. A reminder that we will once again be taking tenders for our crab share. For anyone interested in fishing the quota for Inverness South this year, we will be holding our crab tender early in April. Quota tender information and paperwork will be available online as soon as we have official numbers from DFO.
Halibut Survey Meeting: This meeting was held in Mont-Joli, Quebec on February 20th, 2017. John L. MacKinnon took part via telephone. A brief overview of the meeting is available by clicking the link below. If anyone has any questions, please contact John L.
New Ship Safety Bulletin: Transport Canada has issued a new ship safety bulletin regarding INTERIM MEASURES FOR SMALL MARINE DIESEL ENGINES - 2017:
2017 Enforcement Meeting: The meeting was held February 1st, 2017 in Antigonish, NS. Jessica Hinkley attended for Inverness South. Some notes from the meeting:
- Wayne Gallant is the new Director of Conservation and Protection. He is a retired RCMP and took on this new role in September of 2016.- C&P will be utilizing a National Fisheries Intelligence Service (NFIS) more in the future. This approach will allow them to collect data coming in and compare the information they receive. This approach will allow officers to use their time more efficient and have better outcomes. With this approach you may see less of the officers on the wharf but if they are there they have a reason.
- Department of Labour is pleased with the fishermen’s use of PFD’s. The use of PFDs will still be monitored and fines/warnings will be issued for not using them. D of L will be on the wharfs more this year. D of L is still offering complimentary vessel compliance inspections if requested.
- Resource Management will assess the openings of every season. They monitor the weather conditions closely when a season opening is approaching to make sure of everyone’s safety. If winds are over 20 knots or more the season may be delayed.
- Two new Jet Boats have been obtained to allow for more at sea checks.
- Logbooks are mandatory. They need to be completed. You can be fined for failure to do so.
Area 12 Snow Crab Vessels and Traps Working Group Meeting Minutes: The minutes from the December 14, 2016 meeting in Moncton, NB are available to be read. Vessel and trap limits were discussed for the 2017 season. Click the link below:
Lobster Opening 2017: We will be applying to DFO to set on Saturday, April 29th and begin fishing Monday, May 1st. It will be posted if this is approved.
SGSL Lobster Advisory Committee Meeting: Was held in Moncton, NB on January 11 & 12th. Wayne MacLellan attended for Inverness South. Notes from the meeting can be read by clicking the link below:
Delay Proposal: Inverness South has submitted the proposal to DFO requesting a one year delay of the last carapace size increase that is scheduled to happen this coming 2017 season. Click the link below to read the entire proposal:
Results of Vote are in: The results of the carapace size increase delay vote are in and the results are the following -
60 votes in favour of requesting the delay from DFO
16 votes against requesting the delay from DFO
Therefore, we will be submitting a request to DFO requesting a one year delay of the last carapace size increase. The response from DFO to this request will be posted as soon as we receive it.
Preliminary Tuna Numbers for 2016:
50, 614.8 kg landed
241.023 kg - average weight
107901.4 lbs landed
513.816 lbs - average weight
1.2752 t remaining
97.54% of quota landed
210 tuna tags used.
3 tuna tags issued but not used.
1 tuna tag not picked up.
Record-Breaking Attendance at 5th Anniversary Edition of Commercial Marine Event: The 5th edition of the North Atlantic Fish & Workboat Show took place this past Friday and Saturday, November 18th and 19th at the Mile One Centre in St.John's, Newfoundland. The 2016 edition of this all-encompassing commercial marine event featured more than 100 exhibitors with boats, engines, electronics, supplies, safety gear, fish processing equipment, and services for commercial fishermen and other workboats.
With 3,837 qualified visitors over the two days of the show – an increase of about 20% over 2014 numbers, the show was extremely well attended.
To read the entire press release, click the link below:
Salmon and Striped Bass Surveys: Please be informed that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) – Gulf Region will be consulting the public this fall on the management of Atlantic salmon and Striped bass fisheries in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence for 2017 and beyond.
From now until December 2, two online surveys are available on DFO’s Gulf Region recreational fisheries Internet page.
The information obtained from this consultation will be considered, along with science advice and advisory committee discussions, as part of the decision-making process for the development of the future Atlantic salmon and Striped bass recreational fishing management plans for the waters of the Gulf Region in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Click the direct links below to complete each survey:
Vote on Carapace Size Increase Delay: Ballots for the carapace size increase delay have been mailed.... if you know of anyone who is a lobster fisher in LFA 26B South and did not receive one, please let us know. Remember: votes are due by December 15th.
Tuna Update for November 18th: DMP report and MARFIS report show no new landings in 4T. 2 tuna landed in 4Wd.
213 tuna tags issued
208 tuna landed
50,126 kgs - average weight 240.589 kgs
107, 038 lbs - average weight 514.608 lbs
1.762 tonne remaining
96.6 % landed.
GNS Tuna Season Extended: The GNS Tuna season has been extended until Dec 2, 2016.
Tuna Update for October 10th: As of October 10th, reports show:
205 tuna landed
49531.8 kg - average weight - 241.6185 kgs
105991 lbs - average weight - 517.0307317 lbs
95.46% of quota has been landed.
2.3582 tonne remaining.
211 tuna tags issued
The Seafood Industry Begins to React to Trump Victory: For your information.... the seafood industry has begun to comment on what effect on the Trump victory could have:
Volunteer Needed: Nicole Sampson will be conducting presentations to the local schools as part of the O2 School to Sea program and is in need of someone involved in the commercial fishery to present a slide show to the Grade 11 students in the local school. The slide show is already prepared, all the volunteer needs to do is present it. If anyone is interested, please contact Inverness South or Nicole directly.
Deadline is approaching for the Fishermen's Forum 2016: With just over 10 days away from the Forum, they are getting ready to order food!
Please be sure to register by Thursday Nov 10th, if you have not already.
Completion of Herring Bycatch Monitoring Documents: To date, DFO has received 5 completed 16 F fall herring bycatch monitoring documents out of the approximately 50 that were distributed during their July 11th meeting. If we are to demonstrate to the audit team from Global Trust that we have fully met Condition 2 of the Action Plan, we will require a significantly higher number of returns from participating fishers. It is imperative that the remaining fishers forward their documents no later than November 15th so that the combined data can be analyzed and provided to the audit team within the prescribed timeframe for completion of the audit report.
If you are aware of fishers who had agreed to participate in this initiative but who have not as yet forwarded their forms to Robert Allain, it would be greatly appreciated if you could contact them and remind them of the importance of sending their information to him, using the self-addressed envelope that was provided previously for this purpose.
Thank you very much for any help with this matter.
Tuna Update for November 1st: For GNS fleet there have not been any tuna landed in 4T since October 30. Thus far, the MARFIS report is showing last tuna landed in 4Wd October 27, 2016 and 1 tuna landed in SWNS October 21, 2016.
179 tuna landed
- 16 landed in 4Wd
- 1 landed in SWNS
- 162 landed in 4T
43,634 kg. - Average weight - 243.767 kgs.
94,488 lbs - Average Weight 527.86 lbs.
84.09% of Quota (51.89 t) has been caught
Remaining Quota to be caught 8.256 tonne.
Mackerel Bait Fishery Open: October 28, 2016 – Following the special circumstance of the recent commercial closure of the Atlantic mackerel fishery for 2016, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans will allow harvesters to change their personal use bait licences to allow the use of hand line until November 18, and gillnets until December 31, for this year only.
Licence holders will be allowed to use gillnets or a maximum of three hand lines to land up to 1000 pounds of mackerel per day until November 18. Regular bait catch reporting through logbooks will apply.
Eligible harvesters wishing to participate in this fishery will be able to obtain mackerel bait licence through the National Online Licensing System (NOLS) by Tuesday, November 1, 2016.
Coming Soon: St. John’s, NL – Next month, the 2016 edition of the North Atlantic Fish & Workboat Show takes place at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, NL. Taking place November 18th and 19th, the show celebrates its 5th anniversary this year and caters to those who rely upon the commercial marine industry for a living.
Presented by The Navigator, the show features boats, marine services and equipment, supplies services and safety gear for commercial fishermen and other workboats.
In recognition of the show’s 5th anniversary, the 2016 edition of the North Atlantic Fish & Workboat Show will feature an exclusive Passport Program Prize Showcase. Anyone who registers for the show by November 10th, 2016 will receive a special passport program ballot. By bringing this ballot to the show and having it stamped at the booths of the participating sponsors, show visitors can enter to win a prize showcase valued at more than $5,000. Complete details on the program and the prizes are available on the show website.
Pre-registration is available now. For a limited time, visitors can pre-register for just $10 to get their passport program ballot and fast-track their entrance to the show. Registration is $20 at the door. Convenient online registration is available on the show website: NAFish.ca.
Also as part of this year’s show, the newest group of deserving individuals will be inducted into the Atlantic Canada Marine Industries Hall of Fame. This special recognition formally acknowledges some of the many people who have made valuable contributions to all sectors of the marine industry in Atlantic Canada.
Stay tuned to www.NAFish.ca for complete show details and follow the show on Facebook and Twitter.
Friday, November 18
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 19
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mile One Centre
50 New Gower Street
St. John’s, NL
Tuna Update for October 28th: for GNS fleet there have not been any tuna landed in 4T since October 26. Thus far, the MARFIS report is showing last tuna landed in 4Wd October 27, 2016 and 1 tuna landed in SWNS October 21, 2016.
171 tuna landed
- 14 landed in 4Wd
- 1 landed in SWNS
- 156 landed in 4T
41,950 kg. - Average weight - 245.320 kgs.
91,032 lbs - Average Weight 532.356 lbs.
80.84% of Quota (51.89 t) has been caught
Remaining Quota to be caught 9.940 tonne.
Mackerel Fishery Update for October 24: as per the Notice to Fishers dated October 21, 2016, as a result of the recent assessment of commercial catches to date, the commercial Atlantic mackerel fishery will remain closed.
As a result of this final decision, all harvesters must:
- Now utilize their bait license to catch mackerel (gill-net).
- Recreational fishery is open but harvesters cannot fish for large quantities to freeze for lobster bait.
- Fishers can fish recreationally from a vessel. The intention is for food and human consumption.
- Tuna harvesters cannot recreational fish for mackerel while involved in a commercial fishery.
Mackerel Fishery Closure Update for October 19: Jordan met with Leroy on October 18th. It doesn't look like the fishery will reopen this season for our fishers.
Herring Meeting in Stellarton: Trevor MacInnis attended on behalf of Inverness South.
Release of the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence Marine Protected Area Network Strategy: Fisheries and Oceans Canada is pleased to announce the release of the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence Marine Protected Area Network Strategy. The electronic version of the strategy is available at the following link:
You can read the letter from DFO regarding this release by clicking the button below:
Tuna Update for October 18th: DFO are going to issue 10 more tags with the option for fishers to bypass. 62% caught as of yesterday, October 17th. This should get us to zero lbs left if everyone catches their fish. DFO will monitor and review first week of November then adjust if necessary
Jordan was part of the Tuna board that met with Leroy.
Scallop Fishery Opening Area 24: Fishing Season: November 1, 2016 to December 15, 2016. The fishery will take place between 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, and will be closed on Sundays. Full details are available by clicking the Notice to Fishers below:
Commercial Mackerel Fishery Closure: Effective Friday, October 14th, DFO has issued a variation order closing the Commercial Mackerel Fishery. Only personal or recreational use is allowed. Fishers may still use their bait license to catch Mackerel for bait with nets (ie. for live wells for Tuna).
Tuna Update for October 12, 2016 - More tags available: DFO wishes to advise GNS Tuna license holders that upon review of the landings, 103 tuna have been landed. This has resulted in approximately 25.4 t or 49% of the 2016 GNS Fleet's quota being captured. Thirteen additional tags will now be made available continuing with the 2016 Tuna Tag revolving list. Those eligible for one of these additional tags will be contacted by DFO. Tags will be available for pickup at the Antigonish office on Wednesday afternoons from 1pm to 4pm or by appointment or by emailing GulfInfoGolfe@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Canso Causeway Early Closure: the Canso causeway will close early this year. It will close November 01 and not open until May 15, 2017. Please spread the word!
The 2016 Fishermen's Forum:
Registration is now open!! 2016 Fishermen's Forum: Registration is now open, until November 10th! Remember, that to attend the forum you must be registered. To register go to:
Book your accommodations now to receive the early-bird discount! (only available until October 20th, or once all rooms are booked).
Maritime Inn, Antigonish: 1-888-662-7484
Claymore Inn, Antigonish: 1-888-863-1050
The 2016 Fishermen’s Forum is a little over a month away! The Gulf Aquarium Marine Station Cooperative hopes you will join us as we discuss topics like Lobster and Crab in a warming ocean; Groundfish in the Gulf; Bait species of the Gulf and their future; Emerging fisheries; Fishermen science; and Aquaculture challenges and changes.
When: November 21-22nd, 2016
Where: The Millennium Centre, St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS
The NSCC School of Fisheries Schedule for 2016/17: Note that in addition to the usual course offerings, a course on Quality Handling of Lobster is now being offered. The entire course schedule and fees are available by clicking the link below:
Summer Halibut Fishery: DFO has reviewed the Sept 20 landings and there is approximately 1 t remaining of the GNS Summer Halibut fishery quota. It has been decided to request the carry forward of the remaining quota to the 2017 season and there will be no additional openings in 2016.
Tuna Extra Tags: 47 tuna have been landed up to and including September 26, 2016. This has resulted in approximately 11.1 t or 21% of the 2016 GNS Fleet’s quota being captured. Sixteen additional tags will now be made available continuing with the 2016 Tuna Tag Revolving List. Those eligible for one of these additional tags will be contacted by DFO. The Notice to Fishers can be read below:
Our meeting on September 11th was well attended with over 40 members participating. Andrea Flynn presented the results of the Blood Protein Study. Lots of useful and interesting information was provided.
On our 2 issues to be discussed:
1. A delay on increasing the carapace size the last 1.5mm to 82.5mm:
The vast majority of those in attendance were interested in seeing this go forward. Therefore, a vote will be mailed to every fisher in Area 26B south by the end of September/early October. If the majority vote in favour of this going forward then we will submit a proposal to DFO this fall and try to get the year delay.
2. A pilot project to try moving the lobster season forward 1 week.
There was little interest in moving forward with this idea, so it has been shelved and we will not be going forward with it.
Thank you to all members who attended!
Important Upcoming Dates and Events:
Can/Us Exchange Rate:
Weekly Price Report:
Weekly Fish Price Report for the Weekly Period ending July 22, 2017:
Agriculture & Fisheries
NOTE: Minimum carapace size for canners is 72.0 mm unless otherwise noted. Minimum carapace size for markets is 81.0 mm unless otherwise noted.
NS LFA 35 82.5mm. . ....................$8.00
NL . . .................................$8.10
NL . ..................................$4.25
PE. . ..................................$5.00
NS. . ..................................$5.00
PEI Choice. . ............... $25.00-$28.00/peck
Standard. . .............. $10.00-$11.00/peck
PEI Small . . ..................... $0.20/piece
Medium. . ................... $0.20/piece
Large. . ..................... $0.20/piece
NOTE: The above prices were effective for period ending July 22, 2017 and were paid to inshore fishers at dockside on a per pound basis unless otherwise stated. Prices do not include rebates or adjustments. Prices are compiled based upon surveying a representative number of buyers and may not reflect all prices paid to fishers or aquaculturists.
Shortcuts to Links and Information:
Safety Forms: It is strongly recommended that all Captains print and use the following forms regarding safety onboard their vessel. In case of an accident, having completed these forms and completed the checklists will simplify the investigation and show due diligence on your part:
Notice a defective or hazardous navigation aid in or near your harbour?
Call the Canadian Coast Guard at the number below:
A reminder to all fishers: all crew members are required to WEAR a certified PFD while working. If there is an accident on board your vessel, you can be held liable and be charged and fined if your helpers are not wearing them. Keep everyone safe - comfortable, small PFDs are available, easy to wear, and ensure your crew is safe.
SIN numbers Required for all fishers who receive crab share:
Due to issues that have arisen in recent years, the Canada Revenue Agency is requiring that we have each fishers SIN on their T4a. In the past, if a fishers SIN was unknown, we could leave it off their T4a. This is no longer the case.
We are asking for all fishers who receive crab share from Inverness South to please send us your SIN as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation!
Coming this fall - Plan now! For full show details click the link:
Fishing Expo Coming to Yarmouth in 2017: Plan ahead, full details of this event are available on the event website below:
Lobster Protein and Moult Report 2016: The results of the data gathered during the 2016 lobster season are available. Click the link below to read the entire report:
Please check our site daily for the most recent updates regarding :
- DFO announcements
- Meeting updates
- Changes to licensing and conditions
- All other information affecting fishers in our area
If you wish to join:
Click on the link below, fill out the blank registry form, and mark Inverness South as your association of choice!