Twine Loft – February 2018
Passed On: Patrick Quinlan – Bay de Verde, N.L Seafood Processor
Quinlan, 88, passed away in St. John’s on December 15, 2017. He was born in Red Head Cove on November 8, 1929 and began his career in the trucking industry. He and his brother Maurice, bought a general store in the 1950s and then started Quinlan Brothers Limited in 1954. The business grew from there, expanding into fresh and frozen fish production and then to marketing their products under the “Q” brand that is so well ...
King of the Crustaceans
Prolific and unprecedented record catches of Homarus Americanus appear to be the norm, for now, in the Maritimes.
Everyone is aware of how much the Eastern Canadian lobster industry has grown and prospered in recent years. But it is not until the numbers are broken down, does one actually see how this always lucrative fishery has grown exponentially — especially over the last decade.
A myriad of eye-opening, jaw-dropping lobster statistics were recently presented by Fisheries and Oceans ...
The Homarus Eco-Centre, located in Pointe-du-Chêne, N.B., is an interpretive centre that offers a unique and interactive experience related to the mysterious world of lobsters and marine ecosystems. In 2013, Homarus Inc. established the Homarus Eco-Centre to provide a holistic educational experience related to the world of lobsters to visitors in the Shediac area. Homarus Inc. is a non-profit organization created by the Maritime Fishermen’s Union (MFU), whose mission is to develop tools to ...
Northwest Passage Transit a Voyage of Exploration for MI Researchers, Students
As the luxury cruise liner Crystal Serenity sailed through the Northwest Passage for the second time this past summer, a team of Marine Institute researchers and students joined its escort ship, the RRS Ernest Shackleton, to experience and explore the thrilling far north region.
The logistics and research ship, operated by the U.K. government-funded British Antarctic Survey, took the Crystal Serenity through the passage, providing logistics support, research capabilities and ice-breaking ...
DFO Oceanography: Dr. Fraser Davidson — Counting on the Currents
A brightly coloured map of the world glows from a computer monitor.
It looks like a painting with bright, coloured points scattered across the oceans from one side of the earth to the other. There are 3,800 dots across the map of the world, which represent drifters, free-drifting oceanographic devices that collect data from the ocean.
These drifters measure the temperature and the amount of dissolved salt in the water (water salinity), and the readings are picked up by satellites as they ...
Annual N.S. Minister’s Conference Focusing on “Wealth Through Quality”
Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell is back at the helm of an annual conference he initiated 20 years ago, as a forum to bring fishermen from throughout the province together and talking.
This year, as many as 400 industry stakeholders are expected to attend the Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture’s 20th anniversary conference on February 22 and 23 at the Halifax Convention Centre.
Started in 1998 by Colwell, the conference “was an initiative I started then ...
Waste Water Worries
P.E.I. and N.S. Fishermen Concerned with Proposed Plan to Pump Treated Effluent into Northumberland Strait
Above photo: Northern Pulp in Pictou, N.S., is planning to replace the aging effluent treatment facility used by its mill. Its current plan involves pumping treated waste water into the Northumberland Strait, which has angered the fishing and tourism industry. Fishing organizations on both the N.S. and P.E.I. sides of the Strait fear the treated fresh water will harm larval shellfish and ...
The Survival and Patience of Job — Part III
On May 29, 1978, Ultramar fuel distributor Job Goudie from Springdale, Newfoundland was filling the gas tanks of a vessel in nearby Little Bay when an explosion occurred. The vessel owner, Rollie Weir, along with crewman, Ralph King, died in the inferno, but Job was blown overboard from the deck of the vessel and survived. He was badly burnt, with multiple bones broken along with many fractures, but thanks to the quick action of Bert and Leonard Dobbin from Little Bay, Job survived. This is ...
Lobster Bycatch Monitoring
Final Details Being Worked Out for At-Sea Data Collection in Fishery
With the implementation of regular at-sea data collection across all inshore lobster fishing areas (LFAs) in the Maritimes Region starting this fall in LFAs 33 to 3, and in the spring of 2019 for LFAs 27 to 32 and Area 38B, the push is on to finalize the details.
The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans has notified all inshore lobster licence holders of the pending management changes. DFO is advising harvesters to ...
One More Giant on the Line
P.E.I. Bluefin Tuna Harvesters Optimistic About Quota Increase
P.E.I.’s commercial bluefin tuna license holders have a reason to be optimistic these days.
The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) recently increased the Western Atlantic allocation of tuna for 2018. The Western Atlantic region includes Canada, the U.S., Japan, Mexico and parts of the U.K. and France. The total allowable tonnage will increase from 2,000 tonnes to 2,350 tonnes.