Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Launches First Trans-Atlantic Mapping Survey
Today, a multinational team of Canadian, European and American ocean mapping experts launch the first trans-Atlantic mapping survey under the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.
The survey is one of the first projects to be launched by the Alliance, formed in May 2013 following the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation, whose goals are to join resources of its three signatories to better understand the North Atlantic Ocean and to promote the sustainable management of its resources.
Federal Government Funds New St. John’s Coast Guard Headquarters
On May 20, the federal government announced the proposed location of the $40-million Atlantic region headquarters base to be built in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
The new facility is designed for increased functionality in the modern workplace with the required codes and standards for occupational health and safety, and improved security. In support of government initiatives for green and energy efficient operations, tidal energy will be used to heat and cool the building.
A Lifetime of Volunteering
Norma Richardson is not tall, but she casts a lengthy shadow in the world of fisheries in eastern Nova Scotia.
In fact, someone said if Norma was not there to help fishermen 40 years ago, they would have had to invent her.
Norma is steeped in fisheries. Her dad was a fisherman, her husband is a fisherman and she is also a long-time fisherwoman from Harrigan Cove, situated about halfway between Halifax and Canso on Nova Scotia’s eastern shore.
She is best known as the voice of all ...
Bringing Education Home
The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University’s Centre for Community Based Education Delivery (CBED) delivers training in communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador each year.
In many cases, the opportunity to offer these courses and programs is initiated by someone in the area who recognizes a need or who may require the training themselves.
These individuals are community champions and they are critical to facilitating training in rural parts of the province. ...
Remembrance of Things Past
It could be a song, a phrase or a newspaper headline which triggers a stream of nostalgia for things past, but not forgotten.
In my case, it was a newspaper headline which proclaimed that the weather had sunk the Arisaig Mother’s Day Lobster Supper.
Arisaig is a small community in Antigonish County, Nova Scotia. That part of the province, as well as segments of P.E.I., saw its lobster season spring opening delayed by more than a week due to persistent ice conditions in local bays and ...
FFAW and WWF Join Forces on Cod Fisheries Improvement Project
A new Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) 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 ...
We’d Have Been Better Off Staying Home – Part IV
On February 03, 2003 Irving Faulkner’s 22-foot speedboat capsized throwing all six men onboard into the frigid ocean near the shores of Offer Wadham Island on the northeast coast of Newfoundland. Only one survived. Irving’s son, Dion Faulkner, was rescued but the accident triggered a string of unbelievable torments and grief for family members back home in Musgrave Harbour that day. This is Part IV of “We’d Have Been Better Off Staying Home.”
When the Coast Guard helicopter landed ...
Five Months at Sea: The Canadian Coast Guard’s Annual Arctic Trips
Anyone who works onboard a vessel knows that a lot goes into planning and preparing for a trip at sea.
From fuel and equipment to food and crew; there are a lot of details to be worked out. The length of the trip, size of the vessel, the number of crew, the kinds of work you will be doing, and the geographical location of the work can significantly affect the requirements for the trip.
So when the Canadian Coast Guard sends its icebreakers to the Canadian Arctic each year, it is a big ...
Herring Opening Delayed: MSC Certification Process Underway
A concern over small fish led to the cancellation of the herring fishery in May in the 4X quota area.
While fish 18 centimetres in length can be legally caught, the purse seine fleets agreed to forgo the fishery in May. This included areas east of Baccaro and in waters off Halifax.
Donna Larkin, who heads the South West Seiner group out of Pubnico, said a number of seiners would be setting out in the latter part of the month.
This area has a 1,500-tonne quota, but when the herring are ...
All-Party Committee Presents Socio-Economic Impacts Report to Federal Minister
Members of the all-party committee on northern shrimp quota allocations met recently with Gail Shea, federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, to present a report, titled Socio-Economic Impacts of Shrimp Quota Reductions in Newfoundland and Labrador, recently completed for the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
The review confirms the committee’s position that the Federal Government’s “last in, first out” (LIFO) policy relating to Northern Shrimp allocation decisions is having ...