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March 2011 Archives

The Future of the Port Union Plant

People in Port Union are worried about the future of their fishplant. Hurricane Igor damaged it last fall, and it had to shut down early. Last week, the company that runs the plant, OCI, said it won’t re-open this year. Now, there are worries it will stay closed indefinitely. Reporter Jessica Doria-Brown was in Port Union yesterday, and she spoke with town councillor, Neville Samson.

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OCI says it won’t h ave an answer on the future of the plant until October.

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Facebook and Seals

The sealing industry is using Facebook in its fight against the European Union seal ban.

Dion Dakins of Nutan Furs in Catalina outines how they plan to use Facebook to gather support…and funds.

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The Facebook page is called “Fair Treatment for Sealers”

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Leo's take on the MOU

We’ve heard from a lot of people about the MOU since its release…and collapse. But one voice was absent: that of well-known fisherman, Leo Seymour, of Harbour Round. That’s because Leo was busy working on land in the off-season. But yesterday, Leo gave us a call.

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What do you think of what Leo had to say? Call the Fishline at 576-5287 or 1-800-561-FISH (3474)

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Should DFO be dismantled?

If you want to hear frustration with DFO and its work in this province, just listen to Durrell fisherman, John Gillett.

John has started a petition with an ambitious goal: to dismantle the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

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What do you think of John Gillett”s peition?

Call the Fishline at 576-5287 or 1-800-561-FISH (3474)

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AND THE WINNER IS.....

Wayne Brace is the winner of the DORY!

His name was plucked from The Broadcast hat on Friday, so our Grand Banks-style dory is his.

Thanks to everyone who entered. It was great fun, and really added to our 60th anniversary celebration!

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Archives: Rebirth of the FFAW

The fishermen’s union was born in 1970.

But some say it was reborn in 1987, when the FFAW broke away from its U.S. parent, the UFCW, and joined the CAW.

Here’s a look back at that moment in history.

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More DORY music

We've had our first orchestra enter the Fisheries Broadcast theme contest.

 Here's the Tenacious String Orchestra:

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And a boatload of others:

 

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Time is running out!

You have until Noon Friday to send in your version of The Broadcast theme

Just call our Fishline at 576-5287 or 1-800-561-FISH (3473)

You could become the proud new owner of our DORY

Even more DORY entries!

Here;s the yaffle of DORY entries from Wednesday's show:

 

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More DORY entries!

Here are the batch of contest entries that aired on Tuesday's show:

 

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For your chance to win, call the Fishline at 576-5287 or 1-800-561-FISH (3474)

We'll draw for a winner on Friday!

 

John Crosbie on the Moratorium

As the federal minister of fisheries, John Crosbie had the job of announcing the cod moratorium on July 2, 1992...and he took flack for it.

19 years later, we ask the now-Lieutenant Governor for his reflections on that day...and on The Broadcast itself.

 

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Archival Tape: The Moratorium

It was a pivotal moment in the life of the fishery and of the province.

July 2, 1992

We take a look back at the historic announcement, and the aftermath for one group of fishermen.

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Dory contest entries!

Our Dory Contest is in full swing...!  Intrigued? Here are some of the entries we've received so far:

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Enter today!

The Fish Line numbers are: 576.5287 in the St. John's area, or from anywhere else, it's 1.800.561.3474. 1-800-561-FISH!

Archive tape: 1950's seal hunt

This week's celebration of the Fisheries Broadcast 60th anniversary will feature some wonderful tape from our archives.

The seal hunt was one of the most controversial stories covered by the Broadcast over the past sixty years .

From the price of pelts to high-profile protesters...from the use of hackapicks to the end of the hunt for white coats...

...from a decade-long court case about bluebacks to the recent E.U. ban on seal products.

The Broadcast has been there at every turn -- and continues to be.

This piece of tape is from the early 1950's, and features the CBC's Dick O'Brien.  Crowds have gathered in St. John's to watch the departure of the sealing vessels Algerine and Terra Nova

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Special thanks to our audio archivist Christine Davies for mining the libraries to bring us this tape.

The 60th anniversary celebrations continue!

TONIGHT on the Fisheries Broadcast: we're looking back to the Cod Moratorium.

We'll hear some archival tape from 1992. We'll also talk to John Crosbie about that announcement, and about the 60th anniversary of The Broadcast.

And we'll hear more of your Dory Contest entries, PLUS a very special birthday greeting from a Chinese student studying in St. John's.

All that and more, starting TONIGHT @ 5:30!

Fishcast theme gets a make-over!

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Fisheries Broadcast, we asked musician Robert Hewitt to take our theme song, The Atlantic Guardian, and give it a modern kick.  Here are some of the versions he came up with:

Bagpipes

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Doo Wop Vocals

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Harpsichord

 

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Echo Synth

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Jazzy Piano 

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Orchestra

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***Special thanks to Robert Hewitt for lending his keyboard skills to the 60th anniversary of the Fisheries Broadcast!

Win this dory!

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Starting on March 5, we’re going to be celebrating a pretty big Birthday around here.

In celebration of the Fisheries Broadcast turning 60, we’re giving away a dory.

That’s right, a beautiful yellow boat to call your own. Yes, it’s a real, live, genuine, honest-to-goodness DORY!

For your chance to win the Fisheries Broadcast Dory, we’re asking you to call in to the FISHLINE with your best rendition of the Fisheries Broadcast theme.

You can hum it, whistle it….play it on the kazoo or on your tuba.

On March 11th, we’ll announce the winner.

We’ll also air some of your submissions throughout the anniversary next week.

Enter today!

The Fish Line numbers are: 576.5287 in the St. John’s area, or from anywhere else, it’s 1.800.561.3474. 1-800-561-FISH!

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A fan of The Broadcast celebrates the 60th anniversary with prose

From E.B. Reid:

Please find four haiku I wrote in honour of the Fisheries Broadcast anniversary. The fifth was written earlier but perhaps it fits the theme of your broadcast.


Congrats on all your achievements.

#1
Skipper blowing gusts
his Honour’s breath stirs tempest
Broadcast stills water


#2
post work, head in fog
avenue drive, Broadcast on
John brings thoughts to shore



#3
special Igor show
fallen trees and storm surges
Fishers heed warnings


#4
Wreckhouse wind warning
high storm surges imminent
Broadcast safe harbour


#5
mid-storm, elm crashes
blue sparks spray from downed wires
now all will be dark

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