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Navigator Magazine | 2017 | March | 01
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No Definite Answer to Fish Kill Question

No Definite Answer to Fish Kill Question Society expects science — medical and physical — to solve all problems and when it doesn’t, questions abound on what use science is if it cannot attend to all pressing needs. Fish kills aren’t unknown is in this vast country — a lot of them in fresh water systems, caused by runoffs of this or that chemical from industrial sources. On the briny side of the coin, it isn’t uncommon each summer to see dead whales or dolphins wash up on our ...

Houston, We Have a Problem

In the 1970s, a pop culture phrase for something gone wrong was “Houston, we have a problem.” The line was attributed to astronaut James Lovell, commander of the Apollo 13 space mission in 1970 when the spacecraft developed a serious mechanical problem while in space, forcing abandonment of a planned attempt to land on the moon. It is not exactly word for word what the astronaut said, but it was close enough to become an every-day catch phrase by those who lived in that era. A few ...

2017 Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition

Attendance Numbers Soar at Leading Commercial Fisheries Event The 2017 edition of the Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition, Canada’s longest-running and most successful commercial fishing show, took place February 3 and 4 at the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth. Hailed as an unequivocal success by all involved, this key industry event welcomed 4,726 visitors. “We were completely thrilled with this year’s edition of the show,” said Shawn Murphy, show manager. “This was the ...

Fishing for Success

Above photo: Youth Cod Fishery members learn about the plastics that can be found in fish guts from Natalie Richard of MUN’s CLEAR Lab. By Kimberly Orren We are a Sea People, once described by Winston Churchill as the “world’s best small boatmen.” Yet an entire generation has come to adulthood since the cod moratorium. And those of us who may have grown up with our butts in a punt, now have children and grandchildren who spend more time on a virtual screen than at a splitting ...

Sea Vegetables, Seaweed Pie and Opportunities in Canada

Marine macroalgae or “seaweeds” are found in products used daily by Canadians and around the world. Toothpaste, for example, often contains a gelling agent extracted from seaweed (e.g. guar gum) that gives it its smooth consistency and keeps the cleaning components of the paste well dispersed and stabilized. A seaweed extract (e.g. alginate) also keeps the lemon filling in meringue pies smooth and firm. In general, seaweeds are considered a “superfood” and have numerous uses that are ...

Back in Play: P.E.I. First Nation Restarting Province’s Only Shellfish Hatchery

Walking into the Bideford Marine Centre feels a bit like visiting some mad scientist’s laboratory out of a movie. All around are vats of varying sizes filled with water bubbling violently, each coloured in various shades of green, yellow and red and all glowing brightly, lit from behind with purple light. But, thankfully, the only person around the lab on this particular visit is far from mad — or he at least hides it very well. That’s Steven Palmer. On this particular day, ...

The Bluenose and the Cape Islander: Two Different Fishing Vessels, Two Different Stories

Nova Scotia will have the honour of having two of its fishing vessels featured on Canadian currency when the Cape Islander will be part of a commemorative Loonie celebrating this country’s 150th anniversary. The first one was the Bluenose, which first graced the Canadian dime in 1937. Two different boats, two different tales. The Bluenose was built in Lunenburg, N.S., to fish and race against its counterparts in Gloucester, Mass., in the 1920s. The schooner design had actually ...

Happiness is a Clean Boat

Jana Jeffery has probably been labeled a few things, but no one has ever called her lazy. Jana has seen and done a whole lot in her time and during most of her adult years, she’s held down a couple of jobs at the same time. Born in Ottawa 42 years ago, where she lived until age 4, Jana grew up in Elliot Lake, a mining town in Northern Ontario. She was always an active outdoors girl. “I grew up building forts, riding bikes, fishing and swimming in the lake behind my home and lots of ...

LFA 33-34 Lobster Prices All Over the Map

The talk on the wharves prior to the opening of the lobster fishery in LFA 33-34 on Nov. 28 was that things would be different this year regarding price. Last year’s benign weather conditions allowed some harvesters to operate every day for the first 28 of the season. Everything was sold at a decent price, including lower grade stuff, from opening day with prices topping off in some niches at $15/pound in February. How things have changed. With February on the cusp, most harvesters ...