month : 10/2015 34 results

Brothers to the Rescue

Graham Hancock decided to quit fishing for a living when cod was placed under a moratorium in 1992. The (then) 34-year old from Bide Arm, on Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula, only had a groundfish license and without cod, it would be impossible for him to make ends meet so he quit and took a job onshore. In his approximately 15 years fishing commercially, Graham never had a scary moment on the water but 20 years later, he came perilously close to drowning. On Sunday, November ...

Mail Order Cod on The Menu

The overall consensus throughout Newfoundland and Labrador is the cod are back. While you will still find a few people sitting on the proverbial fence, the majority of fishing industry insiders are in agreement that groundfish stocks have recovered enough to facilitate a return to some sort of expanded commercial fishery. The agreeing is the easy part of this equation — what comes next, not so much. It is well and good for everyone to dust off their soapboxes and announce the return ...

Simple Science for Complicated Problems: UPEI Researchers Tackling Toxic Problem for Fish

As humans go about their modern lives, they leave behind an innumerable amount of waste for nature to contend with. Some of that waste is relatively easy for the world’s natural processes to deal with, some isn’t, while some scientists are still trying to figure out how it impacts the environment. Take the humble rainbow trout for example. A fish is swimming along in a picturesque Prince Edward Island stream, minding its own business, when a sudden and violent rainstorm washes all ...

TSB Concludes Unplugged Drain Hole Caused 2014 Sinking and Fatality

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) recently reported that a missing drain plug ultimately lead to the 2014 sinking of a Western Newfoundland fishing vessel, which claimed the life of one of the crew members. On June 26, 2014, the small fishing vessel Sea Serpent 25 took on water and capsized during fishing operations off Little Port Head on the west coast of Newfoundland. No distress call was made. The overturned vessel was sighted three hours later by a patrolling Department of ...