month : 09/2016 24 results

Standing Out

Potentially Unique Strain of DNA Discovered in Eastern P.E.I. Atlantic Salmon There’s something very old and potentially unique swimming around some of the rivers in eastern Prince Edward Island. This is why Scott Roloson, a PhD candidate with the Canadian Rivers Institute at the University of Prince Edward Island, found himself hip-deep in North Lake Creek, collecting salmon smolts, earlier this spring. Roloson and a number of colleagues, including a few from the local First Nation ...

Fishery Alive and Kicking in South Western Nova Scotia

Contrary to popular opinion, the commercial fishery in southwestern Nova Scotia is far from comatose and is indeed alive and kicking. You don’t have to look too far to prove this point. Some boat builders are booked up for the next four years as fishermen — especially lobstermen — are opting for the big 50-footers so they can extend their fishing grounds and time. A lobster buyer in Meteghan River, who employed some 70 or so workers four year ago, now has 300 on the payroll and ...

Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises Launches New Vessel Design

The Nellie C is now plying the waters of Newfoundland and Labrador. The new 39 X 22-foot fibreglass fishing vessel was launched July 28 by its builders, Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises (HGOE). The Nellie C is the first vessel built by HGOE or its predecessor company, Dawe’s Welding, since 2005. The 39-footer, designed by TriNav Marine Design, incorporates an innovative new design and can be rigged for crab, groundfish and lobster. The hull is built of hand-laid fibreglass with ...

Lobster Processing Revival in South Western Nova Scotia

When you think of lobster processing, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island readily come to mind. But it wasn’t that far back that south western Nova Scotia was a leader in this field. And with the success of Riverside Lobster International, based in Meteghan River, about 50 kilometres from Yarmouth, the revival is in full swing. Stepping back a bit, lobster canning was a major seasonal employer in this region from about 1840 to 1932, when the markets collapsed. Places like Harris ...

Concerning Multi Species

Artist Florence Pinhorn doesn’t have a painting titled Moonlight on Water. Perhaps she never will, but a view of moonlight shimmering on the Northwest Atlantic Ocean in full view of her artist’s studio, the Island Rock Studio, in Winterton, Newfoundland, was the seed that grew her most recent solo art exhibit. “My husband and I were upstairs in the studio one night enjoying a glass of wine, looking out over the sea and watching the moon on the water and we started talking about the ...

New Life for Bay de Verde

Plant Reconstruction Underway and Fisheries Infrastructure Improvements Coming What a difference a few months can make. The mood in the northern Avalon Peninsula community of Bay de Verde has gone from devastation to one of jubilation and hope. An April 11 fire totally destroyed the Quinlan Brothers Ltd. seafood processing plant in Bay de Verde, devastating the community, impacting the employment of about 700 workers. But recent announcements by the company and the federal government ...

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, ...