Bluefin Tuna Won’t Be Included Under Species At Risk Criteria
For once Bluefin tuna fishermen in Atlantic Canada received good news from the government — but you wouldn’t think so by listening to the public airways and reading reports from the Ottawa media.
On August 29, the federal government decided not to list Bluefin tuna under the Species at Risk Act, thus enabling this small but important segment of the Atlantic commercial fishery to continue.
A 30-day period was allotted for response to the decision and no doubt the government will be ...
Spike in Lobster Demand Pushes Live Lobster Prices to Highest Pricing in 10 Years
Live lobster prices spiked again last month, with Urner Barry reporting prices for hardshell up 25 cents and for new shell up 50 cents, as retailers stocked up for Labour Day weekend.
With hardshell at $8.50 and new shell at $6, these are the highest prices in 10 years.
Demand by lobster processors is driving the price up. Two things have changed in the market.
First, there are significantly more companies doing lobster processing, especially in Maine and Massachusetts. These companies ...
On the Waterfront — October 2016
N.S. Launches International Seafood Brand in China
Last month Nova Scotia launched a new international seafood brand to market their premium seafood in global markets.
“Nova Scotia leads the world for high quality fish and seafood, such as lobster and sea cucumbers, all harvested from the cold and pristine waters of the Atlantic Ocean,” said Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil. “Nova Scotia is Canada’s number one exporter of seafood.”
China is a priority market for Nova Scotia, ...
Twine Loft – October 2016
Passed On: Max Forsey – Hillview, N.L. Fisherman
Forsey, 65, formerly of Fortune, passed away at the G.B. Cross Memorial Hospital in Clarenville on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories are wife, Anna Mary of 41 years; sons, Troy Forsey of Spruce Grove, AB and Travis Forsey (Lisa) of Fortune; mother, Roberta Forsey of Fortune; four grandchildren: Matthew, Mckayla, Emily and Max Forsey; his sisters, brothers, extended family and a large circle of other ...
Looking to the Past for the Future
William Wordsworth once said “Life is divided into three terms — that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present and from the present, to live better in the future.”
There is a reasonably good chance the iconic English poet was not referring to codfish when he penned these words two centuries ago, but there could be some good advice buried in that immortal poem for commercial harvesters involved in today’s revitalized groundfish ...
Clearwater Announces Further Investment For Grand Bank Seafoods During 25th Anniversary Celebrations
Grand Bank Seafoods, a division of Clearwater Seafoods, celebrated 25 years as an innovation leader in Canada’s clam industry with a new investment in a prime cut line to support growth of the business in Europe and North America.
Grand Bank Seafoods is located in the town of Grand Bank, Newfoundland and Labrador, producing Arctic surf, northern propeller and cockle clams. Clearwater acquired Grand Bank Seafoods’ Arctic surf clam operation in 1991. Since then, Clearwater has invested ...
What is Lost When Taken for Granted May Never Come Back Again
The Tusket River, which I grew up within sight of, was once a prolific Atlantic salmon waterway in southwestern Nova Scotia, as were many rivers notably in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.
This was before a nuclear-powered U.S. submarine discovered where all these salmon ventured once they spawned in our rivers and headed out to sea again; a spot of watery real estate south of Greenland.
You could probably pinpoint the onset of this downfall of Salmo salar to that ...
Dealing with Death
P.E.I. Contending With Multiple Fish Die-Offs
Two little words that Prince Edward Islanders have become intimately aware of.
Yes, that’s right, the same P.E.I. from all the postcards with the idyllic fishing villages and rolling green landscapes bordered by wildflowers and Anne of Green Gable-themed everything.
But there are days in this province when the green fields don’t seem quite so vibrant and the fishermen shake their heads at the state of world.
Those are the ...
King of Hickman’s Harbour
Austin King has been a full-time fisherman for 75 years.
The hard-working, small-boat fisherman is in his 80s now, but his peers need to get up very early in the morning to beat him to the fishing grounds. And, often when many figure it’s too rough to go on the water, you will find Austin steaming out from his homeport of Hickman’s Harbour, Newfoundland at the crack of dawn to check his nets or haul lobster pots or crab traps.
Hugely admired and respected by fishermen in his region ...