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Navigator Magazine | 2015 | December | 01
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Best of Sea Winners Announced

Prince Edward Island’s high quality seafood has helped to inspire some of the Island’s top chefs to create culinary works of art during the inaugural Best of Sea promotion, says Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Alan McIsaac. “Many of Prince Edward Island’s seafood products are at their peak of quality this time of year so it is a great time for a fresh new promotion that highlights our Island seafood industry and the amazing talents of our local Island chefs,” said Minister ...

Quality and Price

Quality is a topic I have discussed many times in this column. Specifically, I have talked about consumers’ expectations of quality, the fact that we don’t meet those expectations consistently and the additional fact that many harvesters don’t do what is needed to provide good quality raw materials to plants. Last month, I suggested that, in failing to provide good quality raw materials, harvesters were simply responding to the price signals sent by processors, most of whom are ...

Salmon Byproducts: A Prospective Source of Nutraceuticals

Fisheries and aquaculture play a vital role in Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy. However, have you ever wondered what happens with the waste from this industry and how it might be beneficial to our health? The team at the Fisheries and Marine Institute’s (MI) Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development (CASD) have recently undertaken some work to explore the topic. When it comes to processing salmon, significant amounts of skin, frame and trimmings (gut, fins and tail) are ...

Cod Stock Report Not Telling Full Biomass Tale

The graph shown here indicates the level of the cod spawning biomass at 1,600,000 metric tonnes in 1962. Official proceedings of the International Commission for the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries (ICNAF) annual meeting in the mid-1950s showed the scientific council of ICNAF recorded the estimated biomass to be 2,000,000 metric tonnes. I bring this to your attention in the wake of the recent report of the one-month long survey trip of the Irish research vessel chartered by the present ...

Nova Scotia Rolls Out Stricter Aquaculture Regulations

Fish farms, especially the massive open-pen salmon feedlot operations off both the Atlantic and Pacific coast of this country have been in the public eye during the past decade or so and for all the wrong reasons. Massive fish die-offs, lice infestations, the use of prohibited chemicals and contamination of the environment around these sites have more or less been ignored by this government or that — especially the federal government whose mandate is to ensure sustainable recreational and ...

Seiner Groups Taking Herring Industry into Own Hands

When one discusses a fishery which runs smoothly, Southwest Nova Scotia herring usually comes into the conversation. When this fishery fell on hard times a few years ago, the few seiners left, six or seven where there used to be 50, decided to be part of the rescue effort. In other words, they put their own hard cash and effort into saving the fishery. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent and the efforts have been successful to the extent that this fishery has had good years for ...

On the Waterfront — December 2015

Registration Open For Canada’s Largest Commercial Marine Event Fish Canada Workboat Canada, the nation’s largest commercial marine show, returns to the Moncton Coliseum January 22-23, 2016. This biennial event is a favourite of those who make their living on, in, and around the water, along with those who provide the related products and services to keep Atlantic Canada’s marine-based industries running strong. Registration is now open for the 2016 edition of the show. For a ...

Twine Loft – December 2015

Passed On: Hubert Waterman – Twillingate, N.L. Fisherman Waterman, aged 102 years, passed away on October 18, 2015. He was born in Twillingate on June 15, 1913 and raised in Durrell. He spent his early life working hard in the lumber camps and on the fishing grounds. Waterman, a well-known fisherman on the Northeast coast, started fishing at age 10. It was in the 1960s he decided to take a risk and try his luck on the coast of Labrador. With the help of his sons, Waterman cut enough timber ...

The Long and the Short of Longlines: Information Session Provides Insight into Norwegian Cod Fishery

If the Newfoundland and Labrador fishing industry hopes to return to a major commercial cod fishery in the coming years, it has some catching up to do. Countries like Norway and Iceland have a steady hand on the cod marketplace and have taken measures to ensure their fleets land top quality fish to meet market demand. Their fishing fleets have utilized advancements in gear technology, implemented quality assurance programs and taken steps to ensure sustainability of the resource. One type ...

Building an Industry: P.E.I.’s Only Halibut Farm Continues to Grow

Leaning over the tank full of water in front of him, Bob Johnson pushed open a mesh screen so his visitor could get a look at the creatures lurking inside. Readily distinguishable from the light blue tanks they swam in, hundreds of flat, dark, outlines hugged the bottom as though their lives depended on it — each about the size of an open human palm. Despite their love of the bottom of the tank, a couple of the small fish break away, head for the surface and swim leisurely there for a ...