month : 06/2016 32 results

P.E.I. Fishermen Organize Recruitment Drive for Lobster Season Help

Are you crew? If so, P.E.I. fishermen want to know. Only they spell it like this: R U Crew. Either way, if you’ve ever thought about working as a hand on a fishing boat then the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association might have a job waiting in the wings for you. The association, which represents most of the province’s lobster harvesters, recently rolled out a recruitment drive looking for people willing to work in the fishery. They dubbed the pilot program R U Crew. Such measures ...

Twine Loft – June 2016

Passed On: Willard Boudreau – Wedgeport, N.S. Fisherman Boudreau 65, passed away on April 3, 2016 in the Victoria General Hospital, QEII, Halifax. Born on August 7, 1950, in Yarmouth, he was a son of the late Fidelis and Lucy (Jacquard) Boudreau. After he retired from fishing he loved wood working and gaming with his grandchildren. Passed On: Raymond MacAskill – Sydney, N.S. Retired DFO Employee MacAskill, formerly of North River, passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at the ...

Canada Needs to Implement, Not Invent Fisheries Policy

Birthday wishes are in order. The Magnuson-Stevens Act celebrated its 40th year of existence last month. The what Act you might be asking? Enacted on April 13, 1976, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act is the primary law governing fishing in the United States, setting up a system that brought together fishermen, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), coastal states and other stakeholders in working together on America’s fisheries. It ...

Lobster Prices Decrease as Other LFAs Kick Into Gear

It was a cold, windy and raw spring as May rolled in and lobsters flooded the market with the opening of new LFAs in northeastern New Brunswick, the north coast of P.E.I. and the western shore of Cape Breton Island. The regions’ top two areas in terms of landings and value — LFA 33-34 — are winding down with closure set for May 31. The all-important topic along the wharves was of course prices — as predicted they didn’t mirror what happened a year ago when March, 2015 produced ...

Offshore, Inshore Shrimp Fleets Elevate Debate Through Public Campaigns

An important report on the future of the province’s northern shrimp fishery is expected to land on federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Hunter Tootoo’s desk by the middle of this month. In it a ministerial advisory panel will offer advice to Tootoo on whether his department should continue, modify or abolish the controversial Last In, First Out (LIFO) policy for that fishery. If abolished, it is expected to offer advice on what kind of sharing arrangement between the inshore and offshore ...

Ten-Year-Old Tuna Master Beats Own Record

Koen Norton has another record breaker on his hands. The 10-year-old, Montague, Prince Edward Island boy set out this past tuna season to set a world record in his age category and by all accounts he succeeded, landing a 486-pound bluefin tuna in early August off Naufrage Harbour in Eastern P.E.I. Well, Koen wasn’t quite satisfied with his catch, so he and his father Greg set out for one more attempt at an even bigger record catch. He ended up smashing his own record by reeling in an ...

Fishing Industry Participants Working to Help Their Own

When Stewart Franck began working with the Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia (FSANS), he said seeing a fisherman wearing a personal flotation device was a rare thing. Now, five years after getting the conversation going about implementing safe fishing practices in the commercial fishing industry, it is the opposite. “It’s at the point now that fishers that don’t wear the PFDs are in the minority,” said Franck, the executive director of FSANS. When asked how the ...

Scientists, Environmentalists Plead for Repairs of Damage Done by Harper Government

Fisheries and Oceans is wounded but not slain and many people in the fishing industry hope that it will rise up again because in these times of high uncertainty and anxiety, what the fishing industry needs is more credible science. The Harper government certainly did a job on Fisheries and Oceans. Budgets were slashed, scientists muzzled, all in the name of having a balanced budget which Harper hoped would return his party to power for a third term. Fortunately, this didn’t happen. The ...