Leading Commercial Fisheries Event Returning to Southwestern Nova Scotia
Yarmouth, NS – Canada’s longest-running, most successful commercial fishing show will return to the Yarmouth Mariners Centre, February 3-4, 2017. Presented by the Navigator Magazine and produced by Master Promotions Ltd., the Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition is held every two years in southwestern Nova Scotia and offers visitors a comprehensive grouping of marine and commercial fisheries products and services.
Exhibitors and visitors attend the show from throughout the Maritimes, ...
2016 Recreational Groundfish Fishery Opens Friday
DFO advises that in 2016, the recreational groundfish fishery will be open for a total of 46 days.
This is an increase of 14 days over previous years.
This is a transitional measure in advance of implementation of a license and tags regime for all recreational fishery participants, which is expected to be introduced prior to the 2017 season. Full consultations on the new regime will be undertaken with the general public and industry in the near future.
Friday July 01 ...
No Extension for P.E.I. Lobster Fishermen
After extensive consultations, the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA) will not be applying for any season extensions for the spring lobster season for Lobster Fishing Areas (LFA) 24 or 26A.
PEIFA stated that the decision was reached by local lobster advisories which include representation from all harbours in these fishing areas.
Protection of the lobster resource is a primary objective of the PEIFA and the advisories. This was a significant factor in the decision not ...
Salmon Conservation Groups Call For Greater Scrutiny of Newfoundland Fish Farm Proposal
The Salmonid Council of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) are renewing their demand for a full environmental impact assessment of a proposed salmon farm in Placentia Bay.
The project being advanced by Grieg NL Seafarms, a division of Norway’s Grieg Seafood ASA, would see up to 11 salmon farm sites, each containing 10 or more cage sites, placed off the south east coast of Newfoundland. The company is proposing to grow an imported strain of European Atlantic ...
Two N.B. Lobster Fishermen Die in Fishing Accident
RCMP officers have confirmed that two fishermen have died and another man was taken to hospital today after a fishing boat capsized off the shore of a community in northern New Brunswick.
Police say the incident occurred early Thursday morning off the Miller Brook wharf near Salmon Beach, about 11 kilometres from Bathurst. A 45-year-old Bathurst man and a 67-year-old man from Salmon Beach are reported to be victims of the accident. A 47-year-old Salmon Beach man was rescued and taken to ...
Marine Institute to Hold 2016 Graduation
Almost 200 graduates will receive diplomas and certificates during the 2016 graduation ceremony at the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University on Friday, June 17.
The event will take place in the gymnasium of Marine Institute’s Ridge Road campus at 2 p.m.
The ceremony will include remarks from Glenn Blackwood, vice-president, Memorial University (Marine Institute), and student speaker Will Glatt, who is graduating from the institute’s remotely operated vehicles ...
Mariners Advised of Closure of Placentia Gut
To facilitate the ongoing construction of the new Placentia lift bridge, the Department of Transportation and Works advises of the closure of Placentia Gut to navigation beginning Thursday, June 9, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily for an estimated two to three weeks.
The closure is necessary to conduct testing which will require raising and lowering of the lift span of the new bridge.
Vehicle traffic on the old bridge will not be impacted. An update will be provided as the work progresses and ...
Fisheries Violations in Newfoundland and Labrador Net Significant Penalties
The first quarter of 2016 saw over $83,000 in fines for fisheries violations in Newfoundland and Labrador, along with prohibitions, forfeitures, and jail time.
Some significant penalties include the following:
Recreational salmon and trout
Kevin Lavhey Sr. of Terrenceville was sentenced to 90 days in custody for attempting to jig fish. He was also placed on probation for 12 months and prohibited from fishing any waters for five years.
Bradley Banks and Josh Lockyer of Hampden were ...
Productivity and Incomes
Atlantic Canada’s capture fishing industry has had a serious productivity problem for a long time.
I wrote a column about that fact a little over a year ago. This month, I will discuss the significance of the problem in determining incomes of people in the industry and the challenges it will present for the industry of the future.
First, I should remind readers that productivity is measured as a ratio:
It is a measure of how much of something we get out compared to what we put ...
P.E.I. Fishermen Want Their Own Provincial Department With Dedicated Minister
On Prince Edward Island there is a holy trinity of industries that feed almost all others.
The big three are fishing, farming and tourism.
Together these industries represent a huge portion of the province’s economy and support thousands of jobs and tens of thousands of people.
Which is why when there’s a shakeup in leadership in two out of the three industries, it’s a big concern to a lot of people. ...