month : 02/2015 18 results

FFAW President Outlines Union’s Key Priorities

The new president of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) is not wasting any time in outlining his priorities for the powerful Newfoundland and Labrador union. Keith Sullivan spoke about his mandate during a recent interview with The Navigator. While there are many issues currently facing the FFAW, fair access to adjacent resources is at the top of the list, the labour leader explained. “Most people are aware of the difficulties we have facing us with the northern shrimp. If ...

Membership Drive Begins for Fledgling N.S. Lobster Association

Bernie Berry feels deeply about lobster fishing and he wears that feeling on his sleeve. He started fishing when he was 19 and still skippers a lobster boat today although he sold his own rig a few years back. Berry became concerned about LFA 34 fishermen not being at the table during important meetings concerning the industry’s future, after the LFA 34 Lobster Advisory Group, a fishermen-DFO partnership, sort of fizzled last summer. “We weren’t at the table in Halifax during ...

The Harbour Grace Trawl Rigger

If they ever make a movie about Anne of Green Gables in her 40s, married with children, then Kim Pike would be the perfect Anne. The 42-year-old mother of two from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, has striking red hair that is often braided, along with greenish-blue eyes and freckles — just like Anne. But unlike Anne, the fictional character in Lucy Maude Montgomery’s famous book, Anne of Green Gables, Kim didn’t grow up on a farm in P.E.I. and she knows a lot more about fish than ...

Fishing Fatalities Continue to be Major Concern For TSB

The high number of accidents involving loss of life on fishing vessels remains one of the key priorities for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). Commercial fishing industry fatalities was one of eight significant safety issues identified by the TSB in its 2014 Watchlist — released in late November of last year. According to the TSB Watchlist, an average of 134 fishing vessel accidents per year were reported between 2009 and 2013 in Canada, which together comprised 40 per ...

A Hands-On Experience

The Department of Ocean Sciences at Memorial University has wrapped up a two month-long, joint collaboration with the Oceans Learning Partnership. The program offers high school students and their teachers an opportunity to discover the diverse and fascinating world of ocean sciences. The biodiversity lab program gave Biology 2201 students and their teachers a field trip that provided many of the learning outcomes associated with the biodiversity unit of the course. “The program is an ...

Steady Lobster Landings off SW Nova Scotia

Prices Currently in the $5/Pound Range Reports indicate lobster landings in LFA 34 have not been as good as last year, but harvesters in LFA 33, 35, 36 and 38 are performing well. The weather played havoc with days at sea, well into the new year. Prices also weren’t as high as anticipated considering the demise of the Canadian dollar — a good 10 cents from a year ago - and the burgeoning Asian market for lobsters. The opening was delayed in LFA 34, which was probably a good thing ...

Georges Bank: A River Runs Through it

If you’re a Maritimer, it’s easy to get excited about a possible big oil strike off our shores. I well remember the hoopla over Sable Island discoveries in the 1970s and the then Premier Gerald Regan holding a small vial of oil to a group of media types in Halifax — the photo made front page in the daily newspapers of the time. There’s not a coastal community along our shores that hasn’t seen the population decline due to the lack of jobs here and the well-paying ones in the oil ...

On the Waterfront – February 2015

Meetings Being Held on N.S. Lobster Levy Members of the Nova Scotia lobster fishing industry are being invited to discuss a proposed two-cent per pound fee to help promote and market the industry. Consultations, led by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, began Jan. 27. These discussions are an opportunity for members of the lobster fishing industry to share their views on the proposed fee, talk about what the money could be used for and how the fund could be collected and admini...