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Fish Harvesters Registration and Certification Board of Nova Scotia Up and Running

A certification process that validates fishers’ level of skill and ability, investments in training costs and support for the harvesting sector are the three main objectives of the Fish Harvesters Registration and Certification Board of Nova Scotia, which was launched last October. Nova Scotia fish harvesters can obtain and pay for their Personal Fisher Registration (PFR) through the new board for a $50 fee. “PFR fees collected through the board stay here in Nova Scotia and are used ...

SWNS Lobster Fishery in Winter Crawl Mode

Above: The Zena Marie steams by as crates of lobster are being offloaded from the fishing vessel Big Jim at the Falls Point wharf in Woods Harbour. Kathy Johnson photos   Another North Atlantic winter has set in and the water temperatures have dropped, as have the catches in the southwest Nova Scotia lobster fishery going into February. “The last week or so it’s come in cold. The catches have dropped down quite a bit in the last week,” said Lockeport lobster buyer Mike ...

On the Waterfront – March 2022

N.L. Government Gathers Input on Foreign Ownership in Fish Processing Sector An online questionnaire seeking public input on the issue of foreign ownership in the Newfoundland and Labrador’s fish processing sector recently closed. The survey was a key component of a comprehensive review of foreign ownership in the Newfoundland and Labrador fishing sector currently being undertaken by the Provincial Government. In addition to the online survey, direct consultations between key fishing ...

The Twine Loft – March 2022

Passed On: Wayne Bartlett – Quirpon, N.L. fisherman and musician Bartlett, 67, passed away on January 7 at home. He was born on January 5, 1955, in Quirpon, a remote community at the tip of the Northern Peninsula with a history in the fishery that dates back more than five centuries. He spent some time in the fishery, leaving the province on several occasions for work in Alberta and Ontario but always returning to his roots. He is best known as the man who penned and performed some of the ...

77 Years a Fisherman

Alcide Arsenault Inducted into P.E.I. Acadian Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame   From the days when boats were towed ashore by teams of horses, to the present, there’s not many harbours in Prince Edward Island that 91-year-old Cap Egmont fisherman Alcide Arsenault hasn’t sailed into during his 77-year career in the fishery. Arsenault is being inducted into the P.E.I. Acadian and Francophone Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame on March 12, the most prestigious recognition that the Acadian ...

More than 100 N.L. Fishing Vessels to be Equipped with AEDs

Trained Crews Ready to Act in a Cardiac Emergency at Sea   The crews of 105 fishing vessels in Newfoundland and Labrador will be safer at sea now that each vessel will have an automated external defibrillator (AED). The funding was provided by the Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) and the Heart & Stroke’s collaboration with the Newfoundland and Labrador Fish Harvesting Safety Association (NL-FHSA) the Fish Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW/UNIFOR), the ...

More Than 700 Tonnes of Ghost Gear Removed

Approximately 739 tonnes of abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear, including more than 118 kilometres of rope, has been removed from Canada’s Atlantic and Pacific coasts over the past two years through the federal government’s Ghost Gear Program. Launched in 2019 with an $8.3-million Ghost Gear Fund, an additional $10 million in funding for the Ghost Gear Program was included in last year’s federal budget for 2021–2022. Since the launch of the program, partners who received ...

Seafood Sector Worth $1.2 Billion Annually to P.E.I. Economy

‘We’re in a good position as a province,’ says Minister   The seafood industry continues to be a driving force for the Prince Edward Island economy, powered by the production of mussels and oysters and the commercial lobster fishery. According to the PEI Seafood Sector Economic Contribution Study released in October 2021, the economic value of the P.E.I. seafood industry in 2019 had a combined economic impact of $1.2 billion to the Island’s economy. “That’s a huge ...

2021 a Banner Year for N.L. Fishery

With a landed value for seafood products exceeding $1 billion, despite the pandemic, 2021 will go down in the books as one of the best years in the history of the Newfoundland and Labrador fishery. “This has been a great year for the fishery,” said N.L. Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture Minister Derrick Bragg. “We were lucky to keep COVID-19 out of all our facilities and fishing boats so no loss of time this year.” As of December 12, 2021, the landed value for seafood was ...