UNIFIED FISHERIES CONSERVATION ALLIANCE
Dear Fellow Fishermen,
Atlantic Canada’s commercial fishery is vital to our region. For thousands of Atlantic Canadians who work on the boats, wharves, processing plants, throughout the supply chain, the commercial fishery is our livelihood. For rural communities and governments, the fisheries represent jobs, a tax base, and economic impact that helps to provide vital services for all residents.
Unfortunately, regulatory uncertainty is causing anxiety and concern among fishermen and others over the long-term sustainability and prosperity of the industry. Clear rules, regulations, compliance, and enforcement are needed. To achieve this, we need to work together and speak with one voice.
The Unified Fisheries Conservation Alliance (UFCA), established in 2020, is working hard to be that voice on this common concern.
The UFCA represents thousands of multi-species commercial fishermen, fishery associations, and associated businesses, large and small, from across Atlantic Canada. As people recognise the value of working together, the Alliance has grown and new members are joining every week.
Our goal is to work with the Government of Canada and First Nations to establish clear, lasting, responsible, regulatory oversight for all fisheries – commercial, and food, social, and ceremonial. It is essential that every community, association and fisherman in the Atlantic fishery have certainty as to the rules that all fishermen abide by.
Just as commercial fisheries operate today, there is room for diversity. There can be differences within allocation structures, administration, and process. However, rules must ultimately and clearly form part
of an integrated set of regulations with two overarching objectives:
1. To conserve fishery resources for generations to come; and,
2. To ensure a fair and respectful fishery for all.
The UFCA believes that Indigenous and non-Indigenous fishermen can work side by side like they do today in the commercial fishery. We recognize and acknowledge the importance of cooperation with Indigenous communities, and that Indigenous fishermen have a right to a fish for commercial, food, social, and ceremonial. Our members reject all forms of racism, intolerance, and violence, and believe there is a path to move beyond the controversies and heated rhetoric of recent months, to a positive outcome for all.
Our team is in the early stages of planning and developing communications material, meeting with federal government officials, and reviewing legal positions, as we determine next steps. We have engaged a team of leading advisors to inform and guide us on our approach. We need to prepare today—this will take significant time and financial resources. We need commitment from our communities and all commercial license holders and associated businesses, but we all know it will be worth the effort to conserve fishery resources for generations to come.
With that in mind, the suggested donation is $1000.00. Yes, that’s no small amount, but ask yourself this:
what is your livelihood worth to you, your family, our coastal communities? This is your way to make a meaningful difference. All collected donations will go towards the government relations, communications, legal activities, and
other associated costs as needed. Receipts will be issued to all who donate toward this initiative.
To receive a receipt, you must provide your name (company name if applicable) and full mailing address when making transfers.
Cheques can be made out to:
Unified Fisheries Conservation Alliance
3-4083 Hwy #308
Tusket, NS, B0W 3MO
E-Transfer Payments can be sent to: UFCA.firstname.lastname@example.org
United Fisheries Conservation Alliance Members
The UFCA includes members from:
Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association
Brazil Rock 33/34 Lobster Association
Coldwater Lobster Association
Scotia Fundy Inshore fishermen’s Association
Cape Breton Fish Harvester’s Association
Eastern Shore Fishermen’s Protective Association
Fundy North Fishermen’s Association
Guysborough County Inshore Fishermen’s Association
Richmond County Inshore Fishermen’s Association
GHOST GEAR RECOVERY IN LFA # 33 JULY 2020 to MARCH 2022
“Ghost Gear” makes up a large portion of all marine debris. It causes significant negative environmental, economic, and social impacts including habitat degradation, indiscriminate fishing and entanglements, decreased catches, at-sea safety hazards, and vessel damage.
This project will work collaboratively with industry, academia, and government to prevent, reduce, and assess impacts of ALDFG on the South Shore of Nova Scotia in Lobster Fishing Area 33 from July 2020 to March 2022. This will be accomplished through implementing waste management systems for responsible disposal of end-of-life gear and retrieving Ghost Gear from targeted areas.
OBJECTIVES & METHODS:
Engage approximately 40 partners and apply new technologies to help manage Ghost Gear.
Equip 10 harbours in Southwest Nova Scotia with rope disposal bins.
Fishers will complete at-sea retrieval days in Lobster Fishing Area 33 using grapnels.
Divert approximately 2,000 lobster traps and 22 tonnes of rope from high-impact disposal methods.
Sustane Technologies Inc., located in the Chester area, will be recycling collected rope into diesel fuel and innovative mapping technologies will be used in partnership with Dalhousie’s Oceanography Department and the Ocean Tracking Network to improve the retrieval process by using side-scan sonar technology to clearly identify where lost gear resides on the seafloor.
POSTPONED: Southwest Lobster Science Society Annual General Meeting
The meeting has been postponed.
Canadians want action from the Government of Canada to keep the fisheries healthy
Canadians give a very high level of importance to respecting and enforcing fishing regulations and
having direct negotiations between the Government, Indigenous leaders and fishing organizations to
support healthy and sustainable fisheries and aquatic ecosystems in Canada. A majority of Canadians
feel approaches to supporting healthy and sustainable fisheries and aquatic ecosystems in Canada
should be applied to everyone without exception, and are divided over whether respecting the
inherent rights of Indigenous People to fish and the desire for reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples
are valid reasons to have different sets of regulations for Canadians and Indigenous Peoples.
A strong majority of Canadians give the importance of banning all fishing outside established
fishing seasons when it comes to supporting healthy and sustainable fisheries and aquatic
ecosystems in Canada a score of 7 or higher out of 10 Asked to rate the importance of banning
all fishing (i.e. herring , lobster, snow crab) outside government established fishing seasons when it
comes to supporting healthy and sustainable fisheries and aquatic ecosystems in Canada, where 0
means not at all important and 10 means very important, Canadians give this a mean score of 8.1
out of 10. Seventy one per cent rate this as important (score of 7 10), while more than one in ten
rate this as of average importance (score of 4 6)(14%), and five per cent rate this as not important
Close to eight in ten Canadians give the importance of having the Government, Indigenous
leaders and fishing organisations directly negotiate to manage fisheries when it comes to
supporting healthy and sustainable fisheries and aquatic ecosystems in Canada a score of 7 or
higher out of 10 Asked to rate the importance of having the Government, Indigenous leaders
and fishing organizations negotiate directly together to manage the fisheries when it comes to
supporting healthy and sustainable fisheries and aquatic ecosystems in Canada, where 0 means
not at all important and 10 means very important, Canadians give this a mean score of 8.2 out of
10. Seventy nine per cent rate this as important (score of 7 10), while just over one in ten rate
this as of average importance (score of 4 6)(11%), and five per cent rate this as not important
(score of 0 3). Four per cent are unsure. Women give this a higher mean score (mean score of 8.6
out of 10) than men (mean score of 7.8 out of 10).
Whale Rope Identification
This notice is to inform you of an update to the gear marking requirements for fixed gear fisheries in the Maritimes Region. In response to feedback from fish harvesters, DFO will be revising the marking requirements to allow for portions of vertical lines to be replaced with rope with integrated coloured yarns.
The initial gear marking conditions stated that if rope marked with integrated coloured yarns (i.e. pre-marked rope with the fishery/area colours running through its length) was used, it needed to be through the entire length of the vertical line. This amendment will allow for fishers to use sections of this marked rope (e.g. when replacing a worn-out portion of a line) without needing to then add additional redundant twine markings on the same sections of the line.
Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program Phone Inquiries-877-535-7307
Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program which will be open for applications on August 24, 2020, through to September 21, 2020, Brazil Rock 33 34 Lobster Association wants to share the following contact information for our members who may have questions on the program.
Harvest Strategy / Harvest Control Rules for LFAs 34 to 38
Harvest Rate Strategy and Harvest Control Rules: Inshore Lobster, LFAs 34-38
Introduction The harvest rate strategy and harvest control rules (HCRs) presented in this document have been developed according to Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s A Fishery Decision-Making Framework Incorporating the Precautionary Approach (PA Policy).
Lobster Quality Improvement Project 2020-2023
The Brazil Rock 33 / 34 Lobster Association can now take applications, review and make recommendations for the Brazil Rock 33 / 34 Lobster Association Lobster Quality Improvement Project 2020-2023.
The Project was developed to assist members with purchasing equipment & technology to improve the holding practices for live lobsters on fishing vessels; preserving the quality, vitality and value of their catches.
This initiative aims to provide association members a streamlined process and quicker access to meet their needs.
Who is eligible to participate? Members of the Brazil Rock 33 / 34 Lobster Association.
COLLABORATIVE REMEDIATION OF ABANDONED, LOST, AND DISCARDED FISHING GEAR (ALDFG) IN SOUTHWEST NOVA SCOTIA
WHAT IS ALDFG?
Abandoned, lost, and discarded fishing gear (ALDFG), commonly referred to as “ghost gear”, makes up a large portion of all marine debris. It causes significant negative environmental, economic, and social impacts including habitat degradation, indiscriminate fishing and entanglements, decreased catches, at-sea safety hazards, and vessel damage. ALDFG is generated by unfavourable environmental conditions (like storms and bottom type), gear conflicts among fishers and other industries, poor gear condition, and inappropriate disposal at-sea. Losses can be accidental, fishers are not always at fault, as the marine environment is shared with other industries.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This project will work collaboratively with industry, academia, and government to prevent, reduce, and assess impacts of ALDFG on the South Shore of Nova Scotia (LFAs 33, 34, and 35 – Nova Scotia only) from July 2020 to March 2022. This will be accomplished through implementing waste management systems for responsible disposal of end-of-life gear, retrieving ALDFG from targeted areas, and conducting an impact assessment of ALDFG during retrieval, with ongoing communication campaigns throughout the project.
Owner / Operator
Maritimes Region Lobster Advisory Meeting (MARLAC)
Maritimes Region Lobster Advisory Meeting (MARLAC) UPDATE: President Kevin Ross made a recommendation to have a dedicated call to discuss Owner / Operator in an effort to move the matter to the front of the regulatory review line. Treasury Board Secretariat reviews all regulatory (law) amendments, presently only reviewing those involving Covid19 implications, Owner Operator is Covid19 implicated because corporations are actively seeking to buy licenses during the pandemic.
Friday, June 12, 2020 - 09:00
Re-Issuance Of Banked Licenses
The subject of DFO re-issuing "banked" lobster licenses is being researched in en effort to learn more about this subject. New information will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.
Incorporated in August of 2017, with the overall objectives to unite fisherman from Lobster Fishing Areas 33 & LFA 34; to be represented as one voice and to work together to achieve the long-term sustainability of the lobster fishery.
The traditional start of the lobster season along Nova Scotia’s southwestern shores, commonly known as Lobster Fishing Areas (LFA) 33 and 34, begins the last Monday of November of each year and continues to the last day of the following May. There are 714 licensed lobster vessels in LFA 33 and 979 in LFA 34.