Nova Star Must Hit Financial Projections
Nova Scotia’s Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan reaffirmed government's commitment today to a sustainable transportation link between Yarmouth and Maine.
He also noted Nova Scotians have said the ferry must cost less, and his department is taking steps to respond.
"I'm pleased to hear that Nova Star anticipates a good year for bookings and I sincerely wish them a good season," said Mr. MacLellan.
"That said, we've spent a lot of money so far, and we ...
N.L. Government Unveils Fisheries Budget Details
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced the details of its $8.1-billion, 2015 budget Thursday.
On the seafood industry side, government announced an investment of $6.5 million in key initiatives to support the fishery as well as $2.8 million through the Aquaculture Capital Equity Investment Program to support partnerships with private sector enterprises for aquaculture expansion.
Overall, the government will run a substantial deficit for 2014-15, projected at mid-year to be ...
P.E.I. Lobster Season Opening Update
Today, the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA) and Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) held a conference call to discuss a potential opening date for the PEI Spring Lobster season.
After consultation with DFO and PEIFA Lobster Fishing Area 24 & 26A Advisory Committees, there is agreement to hold another conference call on Monday, May 4 to further discuss this issue.
A majority agreement was achieved as to a possible opening date of Thursday, May 7, 2015.
Nova Scotia Unveils New Marine Renewable Energy Legislation
Yesterday the Nova Scotia Government introduced legislation to ensure marine renewable energy projects are developed in a responsible manner to respect the environment and the interests of local communities.
The new legislation will increase consultation and provide for the safe, responsible and strategic development of the industry.
"We need a clear and responsible path forward for developing Nova Scotia's marine renewable energy sector," said Energy Minister Michel Samson. "Our tidal ...
N.S. Government Completes Investigation of Winter Fish Kill
A Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture staff investigation of aquaculture sites affected by a salmon and trout fish kill earlier this year has concluded environmental conditions, not disease, were likely responsible.
"This was a harsh winter in Nova Scotia and our fish health veterinarians have concluded this was the likely cause of the fish kill experienced at sites around the province," said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. "No significant disease agents were detected ...
Doucette’s Turns Out New Lobster Boat
Doucette’s Boat Building Shop in Mininegash P.E.I. recently turned out another fibreglass fishing vessel. The 45-foot Snappin’ N’ Crackin’ was built for owner Bernard MacPhee of North Lake Harbour P.E.I. The vessel was recently handed over to MacPhee by the yard’s owner Jimmy Doucette.
Whelk Fishery Opening in 3Ps
DFO advises that the whelk fishery in NAFO Subdivision 3Ps will open at 06:00HRS on Monday, May 4, 2015.
Harvesters are reminded that at-sea observer coverage and dockside monitoring are a requirement for this fishery and these observer services must be arranged before commencing fishing.
Fish harvesters are advised that licence conditions are available on the National Online Licencing System. (NOLS)
Maritime Seafood Coalition Formed in Response to Chronic Labour Shortage
The Maritime Seafood Coalition, announced this week, is a growing collection of fishing enterprises (fishers), industry organizations, and regional stakeholders working together to challenge the Federal government’s apparent unwillingness to take seriously the chromic labour shortage in the seafood sector.
Lack of labour places Canada at a trade disadvantage: While labour shortages in fish and food processing are common in most developed nations, our competitors have the ability to use low ...
Newfoundland and Labrador Cod Fishery Enters Harvester-driven Fisheries Improvement Project
A new Fisheries Improvement Project led by the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) and WWF-Canada is aiming to bring a renowned Newfoundland and Labrador cod fishery that’s been under a fishing moratorium since 1992 back to a healthy level – and eventual commercial viability.
The northern cod stock in NAFO area 2J3KL has shown clear signs of growth in some areas since 2006, with current trends pointing to even larger increases if current and future fisheries are well ...
Lobster Fishing Opening in Western N.L.
DFO advises that the lobster fishery for LFA 13A (Cape Ray to Cape St. George) and LFA 13B, Cape St. George to Cape St. Gregory will open at 0600hrs, May 1, 2015.
Harvesters are reminded that they are not permitted to retrieve fishing gear or possess lobsters during the initial 48 hour gear-setting period after the opening date, as well 13B conditions prohibit gear retrieval between 2100 hours (9 p.m.) on Saturday and 0500 hours (5 a.m.) on Monday.
Please be advised that the large lobster ...