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Ferry Solution Needed for Bay of Fundy / Nova Scotia Needs to Readjust Aquaculture Priorities

Federal Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo may be asked to get into the transportation business if the ferry mess in southwest Nova Scotia isn’t solved in the immediate future. It may cost Canadian taxpayers millions to correct what the Tories did to the system before they were relegated to Never Never Land, but what else is new. The New England marketplace is a key player for fresh fish and seafood produced in western and south western Nova Scotia — both as a consumer and as a hub to ...

First Nations Family Receives Captain and Crew of the Year Honours

“We work as a team.” It’s a simple statement, but one each crew member of the Sea Predator repeats over and over when they talk about their work as fishermen. Captain Billy Francis and his crew — comprised of his sister, Jamie Parker and her husband, Larry Parker — were recently honoured as Captain of the Year and Crew of the Year by the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nation Chiefs Secretariat in the Commercial Fisheries Award category. They were given the awards by Ken ...

On the Waterfront — March 2016

N.S. Government Looking for Seafood Brand The Province of Nova Scotia has issued a request for proposals for a new provincial seafood brand. “Nova Scotia’s seafood sector needs geographical branding that gives our product an assurance of distinctiveness attributable to its origin,” reads the government document. Establishing a new fish and seafood brand will “give us a competitive advantage in key global markets such as Asia, Eastern Europe and the United States.” To do that, ...

A Sea Change

People make lists and write on whiteboards to keep their lives organized. If you’re Joan Evans, Supervisor of Seagoing Personnel for the Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region, your whiteboard is wall-sized and you’re busy organizing the work and time off for about 700 employees. Evans, 34 years old, assigns the people on the ships. “We plan individuals’ assignments for the year, so they get an assignment to a certain vessel for the year,” says Evans. A typical Canadian Coast ...

Twine Loft – March 2016

Passed On: Herbert Carroll – Cook’s Harbour, N.L. Fisherman Carroll passed away on January 18, 2016. He was born in Locke’s Cove on July 20, 1943 and was the oldest child of William and Emily Jane Carroll. He lived in Locke's Cove until he married Mamie Williams in 1967. That same year the residents of Locke’s Cove were forced to resettle. Herbert and Mamie then moved to Cook’s Harbour where they built their own home and began their family. He was a hard working fisherman and the ...

Southern Comfort

For centuries, the fishery has forged a rather symbiotic relationship between neighbouring Canada and the United States. Despite the occasional spat over stocks, fishing grounds and adjacency, the two neighbours have always managed to work through their differences and have become quite interdependent on each other with respect to seafood. With the U.S. being far more populous than Canada, it has always been the go-to market for seafood products caught and produced here. But recently, it ...

The Playgrounds Were Wharves and the Sea

Ghislain Cyr is passionate about preserving the fisheries and marine ecosystem in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. One of several generations of fishermen, the 57-year-old from the Iles de la Madeleine (Magdalen Islands) is also very vocal about his commitment to conservation. That is not surprising perhaps when one considers that the ‘Maggies’ are almost totally dependant on the fishing industry for survival. Ghislain is well known throughout the Atlantic region because of his involvement ...