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On the Waterfront – March 2020

Crew of OCI Vessel Safe After Fire Onboard All crew members of the OCI fishing vessel Newfoundland Lynx are back in port safe following a small, contained fire aboard the boat on January 29. The vessel safely docked at St. Anthony harbour — the closest port to where the vessel was fishing. The Newfoundland Lynx was met by the St. Anthony Fire Department and the crew were discharged from the vessel. The company said it was extremely pleased with how quickly and professionally its ...

Fisheries Management Suffering from Recurring Issues

Our current approach to fishery management results in some crucial and recurring problems that are currently highlighted by three particular issues. One is the controversy over the latest 3PS cod stock assessment and the new computer model being used there. Despite the continuing discussion and whatever the pros and cons of the two approaches, no change in the assessment method can change the amount of fish in the ocean. Moreover, there appears to be no clear idea of how the results will ...

Harvesters Hoping Spring Lobster Fishing Will Soon Ramp Up in SW Nova

Coronavirus Fears Starting to Negatively Impact Industry Above: Lonnie Snow photo   Lobster fishing boats in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34 will soon be back at it in earnest for the final three months of the six-month season that ends on May 31. Foul weather has played a major factor in the opening months of the fishery. “We had some of the worst weather in the first two and half weeks of the season than we’ve had in quite a while,” said Bernie Barry, ...

Coronavirus Impacting Lobster Export Markets

On January 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened to discuss the coronavirus outbreak in China and declared it a public health emergency of international concern. As of press time, the WHO reported nearly 30,000 cases worldwide, leading to about 600 deaths. As a result, more and more airlines, including Air Canada, are cancelling flights to China. Many of these flights are cargo flights — including the ones from Halifax that routinely ship Atlantic Canadian lobster and other ...

Demand Has Never Been Stronger for Maritime Boatbuilders

Need for More Skilled Workers is an Ongoing Challenge Above: Workers at Provincial Boat and Marine Ltd. in Kensington, P.E.I. put the skin coat of fibreglass on a hull mould. Contributed photo   Boatyards throughout the Maritimes are being kept busy with new boat construction, as well as refit, repair and service work. “The industry has never been busier, said Jay Campbell, spokesman for Provincial Boat and Marine Ltd. in Kensington, P.E.I. “In our over 45 years of ...

N.S. Minister’s Conference Partnering with Aquaculture Association

With a lineup of nearly 100 speakers and a program full of industry topics, the 22nd annual Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister’s Conference, being held Feb. 25–27 in Halifax, is on course to be the largest yet. New this year, the Minister’s Conference is being held in partnership with the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia’s (AANS) SeaFarmer’s Conference to co-host “the largest fisheries and aquaculture conference in Canada,” said Scott Samson, ...

Atlantic Canada Seafood Being Showcased in Boston and Brussels

Above: The busy show floor at the 2019 Seafood Expo North America. Dozens of Atlantic Canadian seafood companies will be showcasing their wares and making connections this spring at Seafood Expo North America (SENA) in Boston from March 15 to 17 and the Global Seafood Exposition (GSE) in Brussels, Belgium from April 21 to 23. The Atlantic Canada seafood industry, in partnership with their provincial governments, has a long history of participating in SENA, said Abigail McCarthy, ...

On the Waterfront – February 2020

New Processing Facility to be Built in Digby Construction is expected to start this spring on a new $14.25-million, 43,580-square-foot seafood production facility in the Digby Industrial Park. Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced in December the approval of a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for fish harvesting and processing company Scotia Harvest Inc. The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $1,863,333 upon completion of its ...

Right Whales an All-Consuming Issue for N.B. Association

For the Grand Manan Fishermen’s Association, the presence of North Atlantic right whales on its fishing grounds is an issue it has been dealing with since 2006. And the organization does not expect 2020 will be any different. “We have to be at it every single day,” said Melanie Sonnenberg, executive director of the Grand Manan Fishermen’s Association. “It’s consuming us quite frankly.” When Grand Manan fishermen were first faced with a potential shutdown of their fishery ...

Owner/Operator Cornerstone of Grand Manan Fishermen’s Association

Professional Fishermen Working Together is the motto of the Grand Manan Fishermen’s Association, which is marking its’ 39th year in 2020. “Owner/operator, that is the cornerstone of our organization,” said Melanie Sonnenberg, executive director in an interview. “That’s how we started,” adding the association continues to have a very strong voice on the topic “making sure the government realizes the importance of an owner/operator fishery and how the benefit is far greater ...