month : 09/2015 32 results

Seven Times an Oyster Shucking Champion

For 51 weeks of the year, Tyne Valley is a quiet hamlet in western Prince Edward Island with a population of little over 200 people. But it’s a different story for that one other week, July 29 to Aug 2. That week is the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival, established in 1964 — it is full of music, parties, community fun and thousands upon thousands of oysters. These folks are serious about their shellfish, so much so that every year they crown a Canadian Oyster Shucking Champion. The ...

Much Work to Be Done Before Return of Commercial Cod Fishery: Critical Planning Stages Cannot Be Politically Driven, Says Well-Known N.L. Fisherman

Tom Best has no qualms in stating the cod have certainly returned to Newfoundland waters. However, with the apparent bounce back of the groundfish stock, the well-known Petty Harbour fisherman is asking the question on everyone’s mind, now what? Best said he has been working with Department of Fisheries (DFO) scientists for the last eight years on a cod tagging and monitoring program, where fish are tracked by transmitters and hydrophones and is seeing some impressive results. “T...

Industry Organizations Rally Against Gulf of St. Lawrence Petroleum Development

This letter was addressed to the following federal cabinet ministers: Greg Rickford, Minister of Natural Resources Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment As fisheries representatives active in all parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, we are writing to inform you that we will oppose any petroleum development in the Gulf of St. Lawrence without prior consultation and a thorough understanding of the impacts to our seafood industry. Given ...

A Future Commercial Cod Fishery Should Not Take Place During Summer Months

I would like to provide some comments about two well-written and thought-provoking articles that appeared in the August issue of The Navigator Magazine. The articles were entitled Prominent Cod Scientist Labels Stock Recovery as “Remarkable” and Cod — Building the Future. The first article featured Dr. George Rose and was a question and answer between the cod scientist and Navigator Managing Editor Kerry Hann. The second was a column written by Bob Verge, the Managing Director of the ...

Fish, Fun, Folk and Helly Hansen in Twillingate

It’s hard to believe that what may appear to be just an ordinary t-shirt at first glance can be a thing of extraordinary construction complexity. But that’s exactly what Damien Etchaubard and David Finlayson from Helly Hansen explained to several Canadian journalists, including yours truly, in Twillingate, Newfoundland on July 24 and 25. It was part of a two-day event, sponsored by Helly Hansen, attended by four journalists — one each from Newfoundland, Quebec, Manitoba and British ...

On the Waterfront – September 2015

Bill and Stanley Oyster Company Increasing Production Bill and Stanley Oyster Co. Ltd. will be better equipped to meet the ever-growing domestic and international demand for Prince Edward Island oysters, thanks to support from the federal government. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency will be providing $701,932 in repayable assistance for two projects for Bill and Stanley Oyster Co. Ltd. These projects will help the company purchase new oyster grading and aquaculture equipment to ...

Scots Bay Herring Surveys Show Promise

The South West Nova herring fishery was once a major industry in the Yarmouth region — it kept five, 1,500-tonne-a-day reduction plants in the area operating, as well as stocked a number of factory freezer trawlers from the defunct U.S.S.R., which paid a regular call each summer to the area. At that time, during the 1970s, there were 49 herring purse seiners taking part in the fishery — some of them from as far away as British Columbia. The west coasters were here because their ...

CASD — Ready for Fisheries Future

The Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development (CASD) is a comprehensive industrial response unit located within the School of Fisheries at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland. With more than 15 research and technical personnel and state-of-the-art research facilities, the CASD provides a suite of technical expertise for addressing industry needs and is conducting a number of research and development efforts to enhance the future growth and diversi...

A Nasty Labrador Sea – Part III

Last month we told you about Wade Earle and his fishing partner and nephew, Leslie Dumaresque who were thrown overboard when their speedboat was struck by a huge wave about 20 miles north of Red Bay, Labrador. Wade surfaced in the shallow water, but the only thing he could see was the overturned boat —there was no sign of his fishing partner and friend. Intuitively, he started wading through the foaming water toward the small boat located about 250 feet away. After feeling strangely ...

Twine Loft – September 2015

Passed On: Janet Gardiner — St. John’s, N.L. Business Leader Gardiner was born in St. John’s in 1933 and earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University. She became this province’s first female chartered accountant in 1956. Throughout her career she received numerous accolades and commendations, including being made a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants in 1991 and receiving an Honorary Doctor of Laws in 1998 as well as the J. D. Eaton Award for Service in 2008 from ...