Fish Kill an Enigma Inside a Maze, So Far
Finding dead fish, shellfish and whales along the jagged coastline of southwestern Nova Scotia isn’t a rarity.
These species, like us humanoids, expire from natural causes after a number of years — the way of all flesh.
The shoreline around Port Maitland, for example, has seen its share of dead whales washing up on its pristine sandy beaches. I well remember a whole slew of pothead whales committing suicide on that beach years ago, the carcases unceremoniously buried on the site by a ...
Restrictions on Outside Buyers Should be Lifted
The following letter was addressed to Steve Crocker, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
As president of the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL), I’m writing to propose that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador lift all restrictions and allow out-of-province buyers into the provincial marketplace for all species.
Further, we propose that restrictions be lifted on local fish buyers to permit ...
Don’t Give Up on Snow Crab
2017 Data Says Canadian Volumes Will Come Roaring Back
There are major changes in snow crab quotas projected for the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2017.
The preliminary survey data done by DFO shows significantly higher crab biomass than expected. The data will be peer reviewed in February, at which time the biomass and exploitation rates will be set.
But the industry in the Gulf is talking as if it may see its highest total landings ever.
The snow crab market has shot up dramatically this ...
Leading Commercial Fisheries Event to Honour Marine Industries Hall of Fame Inductees
Canada’s longest-running, most successful commercial fishing show, the Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition, takes place this coming Friday and Saturday, February 3rd and 4th, at the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
This biennial event features an extensive collection of marine and commercial fisheries products and services, along with an informative seminar program with topics including Financing an Enterprise; Why Bother with Design?; and Safety Procedures and Documentation on ...
On the Waterfront – February 2017
‘Gentle Giant’ Jim Buchanan Dies in Fishing Accident
The Cape Sable Island-Shelburne area of southwestern Nova Scotia has seen more than its fair share of ocean related deaths.
Over the Christmas holiday, a huge Yuletide tree made of lobster pots was erected in the Cape Sable Island area. The ornaments were old time lobster buoys, the ones used before balloons and anchors tethered strings of 15 traps.
Each ornament represented a fisherman lost at sea from the area.
There were way ...
“We Lost Our Admiral, But We Are Staying On Course”
Fishing Industry Reflects on Life and Impact of Christian Brun
Michel Richard’s voice was filled with emotion and pride as he spoke about Christian Brun, the executive director of the Maritime Fishermen’s Union.
Brun, 46, was killed in a head-on collision in Miramichi, N.B., Dec. 5, 2016, leaving a void in both Richard’s personal and professional life.
In the weeks since his death, the organization has been moving forward, continuing with the work started under Brun’s leadershi...
The Model Man – Jeff Clarke
Jeff Clarke likes to build boats — little boats, especially models of commercial fishing vessels.
So far, Jeff has built 32 and he has orders from people for another 32 or more.
Model boat builders are not rare in Newfoundland and Labrador, but what sets Jeff apart from others is that he builds models armed with nothing more than a photo of the vessel, viewed on the small screen of his iPhone. Obviously, his boats are not built to scale, but his ability to produce an almost exact ...
Twine Loft – February 2017
Passed On: Earl Tibbo – Havre Boucher, N.S. Mariner
Tibbo, 71, passed away December 1, 2016. He was born on May 13, 1945, in St. Jacques, Newfoundland and was the son of the late Captain Earl Tibbo Sr. and Hilda Ann (Rose) Tibbo. He moved to East Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia with his parents and siblings in 1947. When he moved to Mulgrave in the early 1960s, he began fishing with Acadia Fisheries on side trawlers. His career later moved him to Halifax to work for the Bedford Institute of ...
Time for the Next Generation
If you desire to gauge the status, health or viability of a particular fishery, just walk out onto a local wharf.
If you really want to see what makes a fishery tick, you don’t need to pore over reams of data, examine websites or read the countless commissioned reports that have written about the Atlantic Canadian fishery over the years — all you have to do is talk to the core of steadfast individuals who have dedicated their lives to taking fish from the sea.
There has been much ...