day : 01/09/2016 18 results

Sharks, Wharves, Lighthouses and Hard Luck Henry

August is the time for shark scrambles or fishing derbies in Nova Scotia. While the agreat white, the mako, and the hammerhead get all the glory and gory details, the blue shark is the main attraction in these tournaments. While many people cringe at the ‘wastefulness’ of these derbies or any other hunt or fishery which is conducted for recreation, the blue shark scrambles provides DFO the opportunity to study these animals up close, adding valuable information as to where the species ...

The Call of the Ocean / The Schooner Era & Harpoon Swordfishing

The Call of the Ocean In The Call of the Ocean, well-known author Jim Wellman profiles some of the most fascinating men and women ever to answer the call of the North Atlantic. These modern-day heroes of the sea include: Richard Gillett from Twillingate, captain of the Midnight Shadow and star of Discovery Channel’s hit television show Cold Water Cowboys. Marilyn Clark from Magdalene Islands, a rising star in the Atlantic Canadian fishing industry. Dave Quinton, long-time host ...

Scenes from Brunette Island

Brunette Island in the middle of Fortune Bay is a vast and rugged island that has all the characteristics of many rural parts of the province. It has a sheltered cove — Mercer’s Cove — where the only fishing settlement had existed prior to resettlement of the community in the late 1950s, and where lobster fishermen still come each spring and summer to fish. It has high hills, ponds, marshland, wooded areas and a picturesque coastline. Around Mercer’s Cove there exists the remnants of ...

$3-million Federal Investment Benefits Marine Institute’s Holyrood Marine Base

The Fisheries and Marine Institute’s (MI) Holyrood Marine Base will benefit from a $3-million investment from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). The funding was announced in Holyrood by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA, who was accompanied by the Honourable Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity and Mr. Ken McDonald, ...

Key Performance Indicators

Most businesses use a few key performance indicators (KPIs) to assess how well they are doing in meeting important objectives. In previous columns, I have discussed the fact that we have a serious productivity problem in the capture fishery in Atlantic Canada. Productivity is a good example of a key performance indicator, but there are others. For example, an important KPI for the Icelandic fishing industry is output value per kilogram of catch. The industry in Iceland selected it as a ...

Dreamboat Turned Nightmare

The Atlantic Charger was an exceptional fishing vessel. Built in 2012 at a cost of $2.5 million, the Charger was the most modern and best-equipped vessel in the Newfoundland and Labrador inshore fishing fleet. Measuring nearly 70 feet long and 26 feet wide, it was one of the largest, if not the largest, vessel of its class. But no vessel is indestructible when confronted by the decimating powers of the northwest Atlantic Ocean, whether is due to ice infested waters or rough seas. The ...

It is Time for Fisheries Policy to Change for the Better

This fishery policy of dumping fish, that’s happening in the EU, has been going on in Newfoundland for years. How can scientists correctly set fish quotas when most of the TAC is rotting on the bottom? DFO is telling fish harvesters they must dump bycatch dead halibut, herring and capelin over the daily limit, when capelin and herring are supposed to be a competitive fishery, free for all so to speak. DFO will take harvesters to court if they exceed their daily limit, but will not take ...

Big Changes For 2J3KL Cod Fishery

Increased Weekly Harvesting Limits Focus of One-Year Management Plan Harvesters participating in the 2016 2J3KL Northern cod stewardship fishery are going to be landing more fish this year. On August 12, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) confirmed, what has been speculated in the industry for several months — groundfish limits would be increasing — at least for 2016. DFO explained that the one-year management plan for the 2016 Northern cod Stewardship/by-catch fishery for ...