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Atlantic Groundfish Council Reiterates Commitment to Sustainable Recovery of Northern Cod

Year-round harvesters caution that 2020 catch should be limited to 2019 catch of 10,000mt (April 22, 2020 – St. John’s, NL) – The industry group that represents year-round groundfish harvesters across Atlantic Canada is reacting to the 2020 Northern Cod (2J3KL) science assessment released by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) on Friday. While […]

Statement from the Canadian Association of Prawn Producers and the Atlantic Groundfish Council on their response to the evolving COVID-19 situation

“Our members have proactively prepared for the impact of COVID-19 for all aspects of their operations including the vessels, and plants and offices through to market distribution. They want to ensure that employees are protected and healthy, applying screening protocols, restricting access to only employees and essential contractors, and preparing to implement emergency response plans. […]

AGC Members Voluntarily Limit Catch of 3LN Redfish Quota

September 2023:  3LN Redfish is an important stock for the Canadian offshore groundfish fishery and the families and communities that it helps to support.  It is a “straddling fish stock”, extending outside Canada’s 200-mile economic zone.  As such it is managed by the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO).  At 42.6%, Canada has the single highest […]

Constant attempts to destroy livelihoods of Newfoundland and Labrador offshore harvesters by FFAW Executive is unacceptable

FFAW Executive proposal asks DFO for 100% reduction to local offshore harvesters’ allocation, while suggesting a 40% cut for French harvesters. (January 14, 2020 – St. John’s, NL) – Following a concerning science update from DFO on south coast cod last week, instead of focusing on a stable and reasonable path forward for the industry, […]

Sudden Shift in DFO’s Scientific Interpretation of NL South Coast Cod Stock Could Have A Concerning Ripple Effect on Industry and Communities

Year-round harvesters remain committed to resource sustainability and reducing catch as necessary, but are raising concerns with drastic changes in approach in new assessment model (January 8, 2020 – St. John’s, NL) – Today, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) held a technical briefing on the latest science assessment for the 3Ps cod stock, […]

BACKGROUNDER: Concerns with Sudden Shift in 3Ps Cod Assessment Model

Limit Reference Point (LRP) and the Precautionary Approach Framework To understand the issues with the sudden shift in interpretation of science, it is important to know what the Limit Reference Point is, and how it fits into the Precautionary Framework’s Critical, Cautious and Healthy Zones. Uncertainty of the new 3Ps stock assessment model The health […]

Canadian Industry Partnership Obtains Important MSC Sustainability Certification for Greenland Halibut (Turbot) Fishery

Canadian Industry Partnership Obtains Important MSC Sustainability Certification for Greenland Halibut (Turbot) Fishery Certification means greater market access & benefits for Canada’s Atlantic and Arctic fisheries Dec 5, 2019 – St. John’s, NL, Canada – Today, four leading Canadian industry associations, together with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), announced that products from the Canadian Greenland […]

$8.5M Northern Cod Acoustic Tracking Project will identify and address gaps in understanding of Northern Cod stock

Financial support from industry, academia, government and international customers demonstrate the importance of the project and valuable results it will generate. (September 10, 2019 – St. John’s, NL) – Today, the Association of Seafood Producers and Atlantic Groundfish Council announced an $8.5 Million Northern Cod Acoustic Tracking (NCAT) Project. The NCAT project, is part of […]