month : 05/2015 69 results

Only Fraction of Seal Quota Expected to be Taken Again This Year

It looks like 2015 is going to be another challenging year for the seal fishery in Atlantic Canada. Despite the quota set at 400,000 seals, for months, there has been much speculation about the size and scope of this year hunt, with questions over interested buyers and the demand for pelts. The first blow came recently when industry fixture Carino Processing announced it would not be buying seal pelts this year, but instead would be concentrating on selling its current inventory. This ...

N.S. Fishermen Do Not Need the Lobster Levy

It has been very frustrating in that all I have been reading in the newspapers and magazines concerning the lobster levy, I find absolutely ridiculous. It is nothing more than a free ticket for some individuals to travel the world. In reading The Navigator’s January 2015 edition, I see tonnes of Nova Scotia lobster being shipped to all parts of the world. Korean Airlines will provide the largest shipments, not to mention the tonnes shipped to China. Korean shipments will also be sent to ...

Cod Stocks are on the Road to Recovery

I write this in response to some recent comments by a fisheries research scientist, Dr. George Rose, about the status of Northern Cod. Specifically, he said that we are a decade or so away from anything that would be a recovery. Let’s turn the clock back to the mid-1980s. Inshore fish harvesters were telling fisheries scientists and managers and politicians that all was not well with the Northern Cod stock. Large cod were disappearing, historical migrations patterns were changing and ...

Twine Loft – May 2015

Appointed: Jim Baird The TriNav Group of Companies is pleased to announce that Jim Baird has joined its team, effective April 1, 2015. Jim will be a senior advisor providing assistance and advice to many companies in the group, but he will be primarily focused on work related to TriNav Fisheries Consultants (TFC). Jim retired after a 35-year career with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in January 2012. Since that time, he has worked as a consultant dealing with fisheries-related ...

Safety Must Evolve With the Fishery

The fishery has never been more popular in the mainstream media. Several television shows, highlighting various segments of the fishing industry, are attracting millions of viewers each week. Network executives and producers have caught on that the fishing industry makes for good reality television — it has everything viewers are looking for; stunning backdrops, interesting and memorable characters, excitement and suspense, sprinkled with a touch of danger. For the couch-sitting, ...

Long Hard Winter

Fisherman in the Shippagan and Lameque areas of New Brunswick had to endure a harsh winter and late spring as shown in these recent photos.

2J3KLPs Herring Integrated Fisheries Management Plan – 2015-2016

DFO advises that the 2J3KLPs Herring Integrated Fisheries Management Plan has been finalized. The total allowable catch has been set at 14,291 tonnes for 2015-2016. Based on the review of the data collect during the pilot project, the minimum size herring that maybe retained has been changed to 24.76mm (9.75 inches).

Taking Stock of P.E.I.’s Provincial Election

As this article was being written, Prince Edward Island was just ending the half-way point of its 65th general election and all four parties were ramping up their platform rollouts. Reports from the campaign trail peg issues like accountability and open government as being of great concern to the electorate, and the usual suspects are also at play: the economy, job creation and rural healthcare. One topic that has not received a great deal of ink and airtime is the Island’s fishing ...

A Trawlerman’s Son

Rick Hunt is fascinated, some would say, “obsessed,” with offshore fishing vessels, although he has never worked as a commercial deep-sea or inshore fisherman. “My interest started when my dad started work on the FPI trawler Zandvoort out of Catalina. I was only three years old at the time — I’m 36 now,” he says. Rick’s dad, William (Billy) Hunt was a lifelong trawlerman who loved the adventure of working on the sea. Billy relished recounting every last detail of those heady ...