month : 10/2020 13 results

Project to Collect Lost Fishing Gear Kicks Off in Bay St. George

September 3 saw the start of a two-year project by the FFAW-Unifor to retrieve lost fishing gear around Newfoundland and Labrador as part of a larger national effort to remove ghost gear from Canadian waters. Early on, participants were happy to report gear such as rope, buoys and lobster pots have been retrieved from Bay St. George. The project is funded from the federal government’s Ghost Gear Fund and through consultations with fish harvesters, FFAW-Unifor has identified key areas to ...

N.S. Inshore Scallop Fishery on an Even Keel

Above photo: Cape Sable Island fisherman Garrett Cottreau passes a bag of scallop meats to be weighed during the last offload of the season on Aug. 28 at the Clark’s Harbour wharf. Kathy Johnson photo Another scallop season is in the books for Cape Sable Island fisherman Garrett Cottreau, president of the Tri-County Scallop Association. “We just finished fishing east of Baccaro (scallop fishing area 29 F). This year there were scallops everywhere. It was phenomenal,” said ...

A Tale of Two Fishery Officers

Garnet Blake and Leon Hancock are both fishery officers with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). But the most powerful thing they have in common is the love and pride they have for their jobs. They also both believe Labrador, although they live in different parts, is the best place in the world to live. Blake is from Goose Bay and moved to Nain 12 years ago. He intended to stay for one year, but he never left. He’s been with DFO for 19 years now, drawn by a life outdoors and the freedom ...