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Twine Loft – February 2016

Passed On: Keith Stubbert – North Sydney, N.S. Fisherman Stubbert died tragically after falling overboard on dumping day off Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, November 30. Born in Point Aconi, he was the son of Janie (Edwards) Robinson and the late Edward Stubbert. Stubbert was a fisherman by trade, fishing for over 30 years. It was in his blood — he looked forward to fishing each season. He also enjoyed hunting. He was an avid dart player and played on many leagues. He was more than happy to beat ...

Port de Grave Light Show

The scenic fishing community of Port de Grave, Conception Bay, Newfoundland was shining bright once again this year. The annual boat lighting tradition is a point of interest for many  in the province, with about 30,000 visitors each year. There is a strong sense of pride in the Christmas light display and this year was no different. Dozens of boats decorated with bright lights of various colours, shapes and sizes making for a breathtaking view. Photos by Danielle Hoddinott and Alex Chafe

Atlantic Canada’s Marketing Conundrum

Can you just picture the colour print ads and television commercials? A boat steaming to the fishing grounds as the sun slowly emerges over the horizon. Glistening water dropping from lobster and crab traps as they are hauled over the side by colourful crewmembers. Mouth-watering images of cod, halibut and shrimp being prepared by smiling, enthusiastic chefs — set against backdrops of quaint coves, rustic wharves, rugged cliffs and long sandy beaches. What better fodder could any ...

As Luck Would Have it — Part II

When their 52-foot fishing vessel nearly totally submerged about four miles from Port Saunders on Newfoundland’s northwest coast, Captain Raymond Ryan, along with his two sons, Maurice and Rene jumped ship. Raymond and Maurice managed to hold on to a wooden fish chute to keep their heads above water but could do little to help themselves. Rene was nowhere to be seen and presumed drowned by his dad and brother. Their chances of survival looked grim but fate was somewhat kind on August 7, 1991 ...

Minister Exploring Options to Meet Sub-Centre Commitment: Former Rescue Co-ordinator Hopes Marine Rescue Facility Will be Back in Operation by Spring

The man who publicly led the fight against the 2012 closure of the Canadian Coast Guard Marine Rescue sub-centre in St. John's says there's no reason the centre can't be re-opened by this spring, now that the federal Liberal government has committed to bringing it back. Merv Wiseman, a former rescue co-ordinator at the centre, said the physical infrastructure is still in place at the Atlantic Coast Guard headquarters building on Southside Road in St. John's. “I don't know if (it being ...

Back in Business in Brudenell: Mothballed Lobster Plant Given Renewed Life Under New Owners

There is growing excitement in eastern Prince Edward Island regarding the fate of a shuttered fish processing plant. The facility is in the community of Brudenell and was formerly operated by Mariner Seafoods. At its peak, it employed more than 300 people processing fish and at one point vegetables. But the global recession hit the facility hard and its owners did not renew their lease in 2013. However, a new owner has taken the facility under its wing and is gearing up to reopen in ...

Once a Farmer at Heart, Man Builds Family Fishing Enterprise

Pictured above: Members of the Ellis family: Kathyrn, Carolyn, Diane and Stephen. Stephen Ellis had planned to be a farmer. The youngest of 10, he wanted to farm the land that had been in his family for generations. But sometimes life takes you in another direction. For Stephen, now 60, that direction was to the water and fishing off the coasts of all four Atlantic provinces. From his early beginning as a deckhand on his father’s lobster boat to owning five fishing boats, ...

Healthy Tuna Fishery off Newfoundland’s South Coast

When one thinks of bluefin tuna fishing hotspots in the north Atlantic, the south coast of Newfoundland is probably not the first place that comes to mind. But over the last few years a brief, but lucrative tuna fishery is taking place in the area of the St. Pierre Banks and Burin-based fisherman Winston Pitcher is one of the Newfoundland harvesters involved. Pitcher, who has been catching the large, sought after fish for about six years, explained the south coast fishery is a competitive ...

Recommendations for Fishing Vessel Regulations, Safety Slow to Change, Says TSB

Each year, fishermen lose their lives while working in the fishing industry in Atlantic Canada. Whether it be drownings, going overboard, boats sinking or being involved in accidents, the tragedies continue to occur. The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) statistics show on average there is at least one loss of life per month in the fishing industry. Marc-Andre Poisson, director of marine investigations for the Transportation Safety Board says that is too many. The TSB investigates ...

Dealings with Ottawa Main Priority for New N.L. Fisheries Minister

To say Steve Crocker has had a full agenda lately would be an understatement. The newly-minted Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture told The Navigator that the briefings from his departmental officials have been many and often, but are going well. “We have finished up what I will call the treetop briefings, so now we are starting to nail down issues and meet with more stakeholders and get briefings from them as to where they are with the fishery,” Crocker ...