month : 04/2017 32 results

Clearwater Increases Investment in Arctic Surf Clam Fishery

Ian Smith, CEO of Clearwater Seafoods Inc. recently announced more than $5 million in new investments in Clearwater’s Arctic surf clam fishery. The investments in Glace Bay, N.S. and Grand Bank, N.L. will add new jobs, processing capacity and spur continued sustainable growth of the fishery. “Today’s investment is good news for local jobs, domestic seafood processing capacity and those looking for the very finest wild-caught surf clams from Atlantic Canada,” Smith said. “With ...

Are Coastal Communities in Peril?

Atlantic Ocean Predicted to Rise Substantially in 20- 50 Years While President Trump contemplates a mega billion-dollar wall between the U.S.-Mexican border, recent news from the scientific community strongly indicates the wall should be constructed along the coastline of the United States to protect such entities as New York City, Miami and San Francisco. The accepted theory by most of the world’s leading marine scientists is that the world oceans would rise by one to two feet in the ...

TriNav Fisheries Consultants Inc. Marks 10 Years in Business

2017 marks the tenth anniversary of TriNav Fisheries Consultants Inc. (TFC). TFC was established in 2007 to provide Fisheries Consulting services to the TriNav Group of Companies client base specifically designed to bridge gaps and support the different components of the fishing industry through business and economic consulting. Over the past decade, TFC has grown to include a staff of seven, with a presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador. TFC prides itself on ...

Building a Better Future

Leonard LeBlanc didn’t aspire to be a fisherman when he was growing up in Cheticamp. Although he comes from a long line of fishermen on Cape Breton Island, Leonard’s dad quit fishing in the early 1940s to join the Canadian Navy in World War II. When he returned from overseas, the elder LeBlanc took a job as a diesel mechanic on a fisheries patrol boat. Subsequently, Leonard didn’t have a fishing enterprise to inherit from his dad, but even if his father had still been a fisherman ...

Up From the Ashes: Bay de Verde Plant Set to Re-Open This Spring

When overlooking the new modern fish plant adjacent to Bay de Verde harbour, it is hard to believe what transpired in the Northern Avalon Peninsula community nearly a year ago. An April 11 fire totally destroyed the Quinlan Brothers Ltd. seafood processing plant, devastating the community and impacting the employment of about 700 workers. Vice-President of Quinlan Brothers, Robin Quinlan, recently told CBC that plant construction is coming along well and the company is hoping to be up ...

You Say Crustacean, I Say Lobster

Oh, that lobster. Besides tasting great with a bit of butter, they’re very interesting. To some people, they look like a huge insect. In fact, they’ve been called the cockroach of the sea. And — get this — they taste with their legs and chew with their stomachs. They can walk backwards or forwards. Really, they should work with Cirque du Soleil. They seem to keep growing and growing and growing, too. The largest lobster ever caught was in Nova Scotia in 1977 and weighed ...

Nova Scotia Launches China Lobster Export Pilot Project

CETA Deal Approved by EU Parliament Bad weather, soft shells and low yields from LFA 34 landings, along with high prices, forced most processing plants in Nova Scotia to shut down by January 12 — with the exception of Riverside Lobsters International located in Meteghan River. Adding to mix was the fact the Chinese market for lobsters was down 30 per cent from last year due to high prices. In New England, most fishermen pulled up their gear in January which led to a lack of product. ...

Dire Predictions for N.L. Crab and Shrimp Stocks

Scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are painting bleak pictures for the upcoming 2017 snow crab and Northern shrimp seasons off Newfoundland. Many in the industry are anticipating cuts to the snow crab quotas and another big hit to the already beleaguered shrimp fishery. And if the DFO quota regulators take the advice of their science colleagues, both valuable fisheries are destined for cuts during the 2017 season. DFO snow crab lead Dr. Darrell Mullowney said the ...

N.S. Pilot Project Could Aid Processing Worker Shortages

A pilot project between Ottawa and Nova Scotia could be a solution to the growing problem of a diminishing work force in the fishing industry. Fish plants and harvesters are finding it hard to find workers as the outflow of young people from the area to Ontario or the Prairie provinces continues and the former Harper government had severely curtailed the ability of the industry to bring in migrant workers to fill these positions. The problem is so acute that some processing plants could ...

Serving Customers – Part II

Last month, my column was about the array of cod products — and products of some other species often substituted for cod – available for different prices at retail stores in St. John’s, N.L. Stores in larger cities undoubtedly offer an even broader range of fish products and prices. And, of course, fish competes with other protein foods, such as beef, pork and poultry. Given the array of choices offered to them, I asked, how do consumers decide which products to buy, take home and ...