month : 08/2017 24 results

Fisheries Issues Can be Traced to Three Root Causes

The more people I talk to about the fishery, the more I become convinced that there are three root causes of the reoccurring catastrophes in the fishing industry. Those causes are corporate profits, election votes and union agendas. Combined, they add up to political interference. We have been digging and tunneling for hundreds of years, but we still have more non-renewable resources left under the ground than we have renewable resources left under the water. What does that tell us ...

On the Waterfront – August 2017

Polar Prince on Epic Voyage A St. John’s-based Canadian icebreaker is on an epic voyage of discovery across the Arctic to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. The Canada C3 ship, the Polar Prince, is a 220-foot former Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker currently on a 23,000-kilometre voyage from Toronto to Victoria, via the Northwest Passage, stopping in many ports along its route. The Canada C3’s journey from the Great Lakes into the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific oceans has four main ...

All in the Family

Above Photo: Harris Richards (on the engine), Glen Richards (front left) in yellow and Hubert Richards (front right) Harrison (Harris) Richards has fished alongside his brothers for 50 years. In fact, for many of those years, there were at least five and sometimes six brothers fishing onboard the same vessel. His eldest brother is Willis Whyatt. Willis carries his mother’s maiden name because his father drowned in 1941 when Willis was just five months old. His mom, Elizabeth ...

No Movement on Nova Scotia Lobster Marketing Plan

The idea of lobster harvesters in LFA 33-34 paying for a marketing scheme is in the doldrums. Word is that the Nova Scotia government will not force the issue, so the decision is up to the 1,600 mostly unorganized or unaffiliated harvesters in this area. The United States is a year ahead of Nova Scotia in this regard. Maine, the nation’s leading lobster producer, has a Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative in motion. The aim, funded by lobster harvesters, is to make Americans aware ...

Keeping Traditions Afloat: The Wooden Boat Museum Celebrates 20 years

The Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador (WBMNL) is dedicated to safeguarding the skills and knowledge of wooden boat builders. More than a museum, we document, celebrate and transmit our wooden boat heritage and explore the role of wooden boats in shaping the cultural identity of our province. This year, the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador is celebrating 20 years of dedication to preserving, commemorating and transmitting this knowledge. Located in Winterton, ...

The Shark Whisperers – Part II

It’s another day at work. You attach your six to seven-metre office to the back of a truck, haul it out to a wharf and launch it into the water. You’re open for business and looking for clients. Meet Chris Holloway, Trevor Maddigan, Ana Storch and Brad Vaters, research technicians for Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) with the Marine Fish Species At Risk team. They’re looking for a face-to-face with one of the oldest groups of fish in the world; the sharks that swim the waters ...

The Twine Loft – August 2017

Passed On: Clifford Aucoin – Cheticamp, N.S. Fisherman Aucoin, 80, passed away June 20 at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre. Born in Grand Etang, Inverness County, to the late Denis and Minnie (LeFort) Aucoin, he served 28 years with the RCAF in air traffic control. For 25 years he was President of the Northern Cape Breton Fishing Vessel Association and was also consultant for the Cheticamp Monitoring Association for 15 years. Passed On: Willie Boudreau – Petit Etang, N.S. ...

The Tragedy of the Miss Ally – Part III

The fishing vessel Miss Ally out of Wood’s Harbour, Nova Scotia, had fished halibut more than 100 miles offshore for four days before heading for port on February 17, 2013. Captain Katlin Nickerson and his four crewmembers were all young men and close friends. The fishing had been fair during their four days at sea, but word of an approaching storm scheduled to slam the area on Sunday evening sent most vessels scurrying for safety by Saturday night or early next morning. The Miss Ally ...

Boat Backlog

Wait for New Fibreglass Fishing Vessels up to Five Years on P.E.I. If you’re a fish harvester on P.E.I. and are just starting to think about investing in a new boat — you might be in for a few delays. A glut of orders for new fishing vessels continues in the province, with no end in sight. If a captain were to walk in to Colleen Avery’s office at Doucette’s Boat Building in Miminegash, P.E.I. today and was willing to put down a deposit, she’d tell them that they could be ...

Shrimp Price Bumped to $1.25/pound

2017 Quota Cuts Still Cast Shadow on Season The Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel sided with harvesters June 21 when it agreed to a proposal from Newfoundland and Labrador shrimp fishermen to increase the minimum price to $1.25/pound, up from the original 2017 price of $.95/pound set in April. The bump amounts to a 31.5 per cent increase and is the minimum price for all shrimp sizes landed this summer, which range from two grams and up. Processors, represented by the Association of ...