month : 01/2016 28 results

Positive Prices: LFA 33-34 Lobster Season Starts on a High Note

The LFA 33-34 lobster season is off to a good start. Harvesters are reporting solid catch rates and receiving in excess of $6/pound for their early season lobsters. It began in August when New England production was lower than in previous years, but boat prices were up. A cold, late spring led to the shedder season being delayed three weeks which precipitated a lack of product when the summer market demanded it. Prices were 50-75 cents higher than a year ago. The shedders appeared in ...

Transparent and Accountable: A New Approach to Regulating Aquaculture

Aquaculture in Nova Scotia is an industry that is an increasingly important economic contributor to rural regions in the province. Last year, the aquaculture industry was worth more than $60 million and employed 606 men and women in full and part-time positions. We have 44 companies actively farming fish at more than 270 sites in Nova Scotia with a young workforce. In an effort to capitalize on this and address credible concerns about the impact of aquaculture development on our environ...

Growing Optimism in Newfoundland and Labrador

Former Premier Brian Peckford once made the statement “Someday the sun will shine.” The sun is starting to shine on Newfoundland and Labrador. We have a new Liberal Government in Ottawa and seven members of that government are from this province, so we will have a lot of representation on the government side and we are already starting to see some benefits. The sun is starting to shine because of the announcement that we are going to get our Marine Rescue Centre back where it rightly ...

ASF Outlines Concerns Over Proposed Marystown Aquaculture Project

The following letter was sent to the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation. After thoroughly reviewing the proposal by Grieg Nurseries NL Ltd (Registration Document #1814) to establish a new hatchery facility in the Community of Marystown on the South Coast of N.L., the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) wishes to go on record as being opposed to this project for two reasons: this project is part of a larger undertaking that will include activities known to ...

New Liberal Government Outlines Fisheries Priorities

The following is the departmental mandate letter sent to Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. I am honoured that you have agreed to serve Canadians as Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. We have promised Canadians a government that will bring real change — in both what we do and how we do it. Canadians sent a clear message in this election, and our platform offered a new, ambitious plan for a ...

On the Waterfront — January 2016

Man Dies on Lobster Season Dumping Day A Cape Breton lobster fisherman is dead after falling overboard on dumping day off Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. RCMP told the Chronicle Herald that the victim fell from the lobster boat Cock-A-Wit Lady sometime before 9 a.m. on Nov. 30. The vessel’s crew pulled the man out of the water and they started providing first aid. The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax had flown search and rescue technicians to the area. They jumped into the water and ...

Twine Loft – January 2016

Passed On: Captain Dan Skinner – North Sydney, N.S. Mariner/Fisherman Skinner, 76, died at home on November 2, 2015, surrounded by his family, after a brief illness with cancer. Born in Harbour Breton, N.L., on September 30, 1939, he was the son of the late Helen (Mahoney) and James Skinner. Dan was a member of the Northern Yacht Club and the North Sydney Senior Citizen’s and Pensioner’s Club. Prior to his retirement, Dan spent his career at sea — his two long-time employers being H.B. ...

2015 Fishery: Hope Back on the Menu

As everyone can attest to, the fishery experiences many ups and downs — in recent years many would argue more downs than ups. But with 2015 now in the rear-view mirror, a lot of fishermen are nodding in agreement that the year gone by was actually one of the better ones in recent memory. Many of the fishery-related events that made the headlines in 2015 actually had positive overtones — catch rates were up, prices were good and there was little in the way of stakeholder squabbling and ...

P.E.I., Home of the Frankenfish: World’s First Genetically Modified Animal Approved for Human Consumption Starts Life Here

On Nov. 19, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved a company called AquaBounty to sell its genetically modified Atlantic salmon in America. The company has also applied to sell its product in Canada. Those fish, the first of their kind approved for commercial production anywhere in the world, start their lives on Prince Edward Island. But many Islanders don’t consider that particular distinction to be something to be proud of. Local environmental groups, and other ...

As Luck Would Have it

In 1991, Captain Raymond Ryan from Port Saunders, Newfoundland, was pondering his future. Some days he thought it might be time to get out of the fishing business. At 59, some would consider retirement, but Raymond was still too active for that so he wondered what else he could do with his life. The cod fishery had been declining for several years and it was difficult to make ends meet, let alone make a decent living. On his last trip of the cod-fishing season in 1991, fate played a hand ...