year : 2015 439 results

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 ...

A Lengthy Fish Wish List

Did Christmas come early for the four provincial governments in Atlantic Canada — specifically on October 19 of this year? By now the dust has settled and the celebratory Liberal red confetti has been swept up from Justin Trudeau’s somewhat surprising majority government win and clean sweep in Atlantic Canada. The fact all 32 Atlantic Canada members of Parliament are now sitting on the government side must be already causing the premiers in this neck of the woods to salivate a little. ...

Defying the Odds

Valance (Val) Cull from Port Saunders, Newfoundland is a steady-as-she-goes kind of guy. His friends describe him as dependable, fair, hard-working and very smart, to name just a few descriptors. Born 60 years ago, Val lived his first 10 years in Great Brehat on the tip of the Northern Peninsula. When Val was 10, his family moved to nearby St. Anthony. Val is highly respected in the boatbuilding and repair industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. He got his start by building a small ...

2016 Shrimp Fishery Continues to Face Adversity

A year ago, the shrimp fishery off Newfoundland and Labrador was facing much uncertainty — 12 months later, nothing appears to have changed. Last fall, in the wake of quota cuts, harvesters that depend on the lucrative shrimp fishery were very worried. The inshore shrimp sector had taken a beating in recent years. Federal quota reductions for 2014 included a cut of 20 per cent to Shrimp Fishing Area 6, with the inshore fleet having its allocation reduced by approximately 10,000 tonnes ...

New Technology May Help Determine Bluefin Tuna Stocks

Department of Fisheries and Oceans research scientist Dr. Gary Melvin is leading a study into determining how abundant bluefin tuna are in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In mid-September, Melvin and researchers conducted hydroacoustic studies in North Lake, Prince Edward Island to obtain data on bluefin populations. The crew deployed an underwater, multi-beam sonar technology to locate the tuna. Melvin wants to see if the sonar can accurately define not only the number, but the size and ...

Georges, Browns Banks Could be Threatened by New Offshore Leases

The battle to keep offshore oil and gas interests off Georges Bank was long and hard and prosecuted both here and in New England. At stake was the continued existence of one of the richest fishing grounds on the planet with a unique ecosystem which feeds sea life, plants and animals. In this neck of the woods, you had fishermen, aboriginal groups and environmentalists in a coalition against those that would turn this part of Nova Scotia into Alberta East. Those people are still around ...