month : 10/2015 34 results

Small Fry, Big Fish: P.E.I. 10-Year-Old Lands 480-Pound Bluefin Tuna

Little did 10-year-old Koen Norton know that when he set out on his father’s vessel he was going to come home with a monster. But he’d certainly hoped. Koen, from the Montague area of Prince Edward Island, recently made headlines all over the world when he obliterated a world record for largest bluefin tuna caught by someone in his age category. The records are kept by the International Game Fish Association. Koen landed, by himself, a 486-pound bluefin off Naufrage Harbour. He was ...

Cod and Some Lessons from History

Several of my recent columns have focused on the increasing cod resource and how we can build a successful fishery based on it in the future. This month, I will discuss the idea that, if we want to build a better future, we need to understand our past. If you go the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization’s (NAFO) website, you can find a lot of historical data at http://www.nafo.int/data/frames/data.html. Currently, you can find reported catches for the period from 1960 to 2013, a ...

Another Successful Wedgeport Tuna Tournament

From 1935 to the mid 1960s, Wedgeport was once the sport tuna fishing capital of the world. What attracted the bluefin tuna close to the shores of Wedgeport was the abundance of feed, making the Tusket River and the Tuna Rip excellent tuna fishing grounds. Rod and reel tuna fishing began in 1935 when Michael Lerner, accompanied by his guide Tommy Gifford, were told there were plenty of tuna off Wedgeport. Many fishermen made fun of him but he managed to convince Évée LeBlanc to bring ...

Are Bluefins Spawning in the Sargasso Sea?

The Sargasso Sea has been the stuff of myth and mystery for years. It is the only sea on earth without a coastline — located in the mid-Atlantic and forms part of the fabled Bermuda Triangle. And it’s huge, covering about two million square miles. It’s named after a type of seaweed, genus Sargassum. The sea consists of a gyre created by the Gulf Stream to the west, the North American Current to the north, the Canary Current to the east and the North American Equatorial Current to ...

Counting Fish Not So Complicated Says Economist: David Stambrook Says He’s Found a Simple, Accurate Way to Estimate the Size of Cod Stocks

An Ontario economist believes that if a method he has developed for assessing fish stock populations had been around in the 1980s, the northern cod collapse might not have occurred. In fact, David Stambrook says he can prove his method would have been up to four times more accurate than the assessments done by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) at the time. That, he noted, would have meant lower quotas and less chance of the stock being decimated. After Canada was granted its ...

Better Management Only Hope For Future Fisheries

I recently listened to Fred Woodman, Jr., owner of an inshore fish plant in New Harbour, being interviewed on The Fisheries Broadcast, talking about cod before the moratorium and cod now and what to do with it. While I didn’t know Fred Woodman, Jr., I certainly knew his father, Fred Woodman, Sr., who was owner of an inshore fish plant and was a member of the Newfoundland Inshore Fisheries Association, a group of concerned citizens who were trying to wake up the politicians as to what was ...

Boys Oh Buoys

Outside the window of a red brick building, adjacent to St. John’s harbour, sits a colourful assortment of large, metal objects. Some of these objects are painted bright primary colours and others are encrusted in rust and barnacles. They are aids to navigation best known as buoys and no matter if you pronounce it “BOO-ee”, “bwoy” or “BOY” these brightly coloured pieces of metal are crucial to mariners. Dan Pike, superintendent of maritime and civil infrastructure (MCI) with ...

Real Leadership Needed For N.L. Fisheries Renewal

I was present on three occasions a few years ago when Prime Minister Harper was electioneering and making many commitments regarding our fisheries. His future Minister of Fisheries, Loyola Hearn, was present. With respect to his commitment regarding extension of jurisdiction, he not only completely reneged but he systematically reduced funding to the N.L. DFO region to such an extent the region’s fishery science capability, an absolute necessity in fishery management, has been reduced to ...

On the Waterfront – October 2015

N.L. Government Invests More Money In Aquaculture The Newfoundland and Labrador government is investing $1.5 million in economic infrastructure and an expanding aquaculture industry on the south coast which will see the refurbishment of the Harbour Breton wharf and the introduction of new technology at the town’s fish plant. This investment will allow the plant to reopen this fall, creating approximately 100 jobs. As part of the $1.5 million investment: $1 million will support the ...

Twine Loft – October 2015

Passed On: Calvin Petten – Port de Grave, N.L. Fisherman Petten, 77, was the fourth of 17 children born to Aubrey and Mary Ellen Petten of Port de Grave. He married Elaine Efford of Port de Grave on December 10, 1958 and they had a family of six children. She predeceased him, on June 3, 2010. On February 12, 2011, he married Lily Dove. Petten was a dedicated dad who gave of his time and advice and was a faithful member of his church for more than 60 years. He started fishing at the age of 12 ...