National Fisherman


For the last two years, fishermen on the south coast of Newfoundland have been put out of business in midseason because of what their union claims are unfair quota allocations by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).
 
FFAW-Unifor President Earle McCurdy said the sharing of a halibut stock that lies in large areas off southern Newfoundland, as well as waters off Nova Scotia, short-changes fishermen from the south coast of Newfoundland.
 
McCurdy said landings by fishing 3Ps-based inshore enterprises (3Ps is the fishing zone off southern Newfoundland) averaged more than six per cent of the catch of this stock from 2001 to 2010, but DFO implemented new rules that has cut the share of the resource for the 3Ps fleet to 2.5 per cent.
 
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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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