month : 07/2017 19 results

Longer Season, Increased Quotas for 2017 2J3KL Cod Fishery

Fishermen in NAFO Divisions 2J3KL are going to be able to catch more cod this year. In late May, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced the 2017 Northern cod Stewardship/Bycatch fishery will be opening earlier this year, with an increase in weekly catch limits. As well, the 12-mile fishing restriction has been dropped. The season started on June 12, with fishermen permitted to take 4,000 pounds per week, up to June 30. The season will be closed for the month of July when ...

A Man Who Always Had a Plan

Lawrence (Laurie) Sullivan Passed Away April 5 in Calvert at age 59 Lawrence (Laurie) Sullivan had a plan to take his grandchildren capelin fishing in a new boat he was building next to his house in Calvert on the southern shore. The 59-year-old fisherman and heavy equipment operator did not get a chance to carry out that plan, however, after an accident claimed his life near the town’s wharf this spring. His son, Jason, said the family plans to finish the boat, but the tragedy has ...

Crisis in Our Ocean 25 Years After the Moratorium

In 1992, there was a moratorium called on what was one of the greatest cod stocks of the world, the Northern cod of Newfoundland and Labrador — it was supposed to be for a couple of years. Fast forward to 2017, 25 years later, we are facing the same things again. What has happened? After the cod moratorium, many people called for an inquiry as to what happened but alas no government would take it on. For a few years after the moratorium, our coastal communities were kept alive with ...

On the Waterfront – July 2017

Rebranded Seafood Association in Nova Scotia The Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance (NSSA) has succeeded the Nova Scotia Fish Packers Association, to advocate for and strengthen the voice of the province’s small and medium-sized onshore seafood companies. The Fish Packers Association represented processors for more than 40 years. The Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance will build on that legacy, and reflect the scope and diversity of modern onshore fisheries operations. The new organization was ...

St. Anns Bank, New Marine Reserve, Open to Non-Trawl Fishing, Including Crab and Lobster

On World Oceans Day, Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc announced that St. Anns Bank, east of Cape Breton, is officially Canada’s latest marine protected area. St. Anns Bank Marine Protected Area is 4,364-square kilometres in size and is located off the eastern coast of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. The area is important for conservation, containing leatherback sea turtles, deep-sea corals, sponges, sea pens and recovering populations of Atlantic cod and Atlantic wolffish. Over 100 ...

Will 2017 Produce Another Game Changer?

Most people in Atlantic Canada will not have to read this editorial to realize that this month marks the 25th anniversary of the infamous cod moratorium. On July 2, 1992, John Crosbie put, what many thought, would be the final nail in the coffin of what was once the largest cod fishery in the world. The feeling at the time was the fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador, as it was known at the time, was over. But despite the initial shock and despair at the time, the fishery was forced to look ...

25 Years After the Moratorium

July 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the announcement of the moratorium on fishing Northern cod off the northeast coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, in NAFO Divisions 2J3KL. It is worth noting that 1992 was just 15 years after Canada obtained a 200-mile exclusive economic zone, with widespread expectations that we could increase our fish catches substantially but resources would still increase in abundance over time, due to good Canadian management. However, the 1992 moratorium was ...

The Twine Loft – July 2017

Passed On: Eugene Himmelman – Port l’Hebert, N.S. Fisherman Himmelman, 73, passed away on May 13, 2017, at Queens General Hospital, Liverpool. Born in Tufts Cove, he was a son of the late Stanley and Edith (Gardner) Himmelman. He was a lobster fisherman for the better part of 60 years, going to sea at the age of 11. Passed On: Paul George – Queensport, N.S. Fisherman George, 80, formerly of Lead Cove, Newfoundland and Toronto, Ontario, passed away May 11, 2017. Born in Upper ...

The Tragedy of the Miss Ally – Part II

The loss of the Miss Ally still sends chills down the spines of fishing families in southwestern Nova Scotia. Five young men died when the 44-foot vessel was overwhelmed by a huge wave as they were steaming home from a fishing trip. Last month, we introduced you to Della Sears Newell, the mother of the young captain of the Miss Ally. Della told us about her son and his accomplishments. She also told us about driving Katlin to the boat on February 12, 2013 and watched as his longliner headed out ...