Twine Loft – July 2016
Passed On: David Stewart – Pennfield, N.B. Fish Plant Operator
Born in Pennfield, N.B. on February 19, 1937, Stewart was a son of the late David and Elsie (Baxter) Stewart. Prior to his retirement, he worked in management for Connors Brothers. He then became a business owner and operated both D.A. Stewart Building Contractors and J.D. Stewart Fisheries Ltd.
Passed On: Hazen Mitchell – Lord’s Cove, N.B. Fisherman
Mitchell passed away at the Charlotte County Hospital, St. Stephen, ...
Fishermen Feel Left Out of Fundy Tidal Process
A five-storey high, two-megawatt turbine made its way from Pictou, N.S. around the coast to the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) site in the Bay of Fundy outside Parrsboro last month.
This will be the first of two such turbines that eventually will be placed in the Bay of Fundy by Cape Sharp Tidal. This is just one project of five Fundy tidal power tests which the province feels could very well place Nova Scotia in the forefront of using electricity produced the green way.
Canada’s Fishery on the World Stage
If everything goes to plan and the stars align, those close to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union say the multi-billion dollar deal could come into being in early 2017.
This historic agreement has enormous potential for the Canadian fishing industry, as more than 98 per cent of the tariffs on seafood exported to the EU will be dropped immediately.
Local seafood processors will have nearly unfettered access to the biggest economy in ...
LIFO Decision Looming
Fate of Northern Shrimp Fishery in Hands of Ministerial Advisory Panel
After a month of public consultations, the four-person ministerial advisory panel (MAP) studying the controversial Last-In, First-Out policy (LIFO) for the Northern shrimp fishery, has submitted its report to the federal fisheries department.
The purpose of the meetings is for the panel to obtain advice from organizations, interested parties and other stakeholders on whether LIFO should be continued, modified, or ...
You Can’t Fix It — Part V
Surviving the sinking of their 65-foot fishing vessel was a triumph for Captain Corey Starkes and crewmembers Chad Sheppard and Scott Drover. Their survival was the result of a remarkable combination of determination, knowhow, Search and Rescue (SAR) technician’s expertise and more, all sprinkled with some old-fashioned good luck. But their elation was sadly tempered by the heartbreak of losing a friend and shipmate, Max Pittman. To this day, nine years later, some of the ordeal still seems ...
Bad News Month
P.E.I. Fishermen Slapped With Two Tough Decisions in May on the Lobster and Halibut Fronts
Just when things were starting to look a little rosy for fishermen in Prince Edward Island the other proverbial shoe dropped in May.
Within the span of a month, the Island’s fishing industry received a triple-barreled blast of bad news in the form of a clawback of halibut quota gained last year, the return of a quota allocation system for the same species that the Maritime provinces consider unfair ...
Levy, Wind Turbines in the Mix for LFA 34 Lobster Fishermen
The word around South West Nova Scotia is that when lobstermen don’t spill buckets of tears over the state of their industry, things are rosy indeed.
This being the case, the past fall and spring lobster fishery have been exceptional — prices opened at $6/pound in November and closed at $6/pound at the end of the fishery May 31st.
In-between, prices fluctuated upwards, reaching $10/pound in mid-winter, a common occurrence as weather at that time permits very few fishing days.
Ocean Farming in 3-D
Former Newfoundlander Making Eco-Friendly Waves in the U.S.
Bren Smith would love to see his 3-D ocean farm model set up around the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador.
It would be one piece of the puzzle in solving the province’s current economic problems, he says, and offset the decline in key commercial fishing stocks such as crab and shrimp, and the northern cod moratorium.
In fact, Smith’s vision of the future fisherman is one not chasing fish at all, but farming it.