Quebec Private Equity Firm Creates $140-Million Lobster and Crab Group
The Montreal-based private equity firm, Champlain Financial, has purchased Riverside Lobster of Nova Scotia and will merge the company with Cheticamp Fisheries, which it purchased in May 2017.
The primary products of Riverside and Cheticamp are lobster and snow crab.
The group will be led by Marc Poulin, formerly CEO of Sobeys, who will become the executive chairman of Champlain’s seafood platform.
“Both companies are strategically located in the most productive crab and lobster ...
Government Document is an Insult to Fishing Industry
I have read many Government of Canada documents.
Some of them caused me to roll my eyes, some of them caused chuckles, some were examples of great work and there has been one document that was the most insulting thing I have ever read.
That insulting document is the reason I write this letter.
The Canadian Government is about to designate a part of the ocean as an MPA (marine protected area). Before they do so, they are asking for input from the general public and the document they are ...
In A Holding Position — Michael Crockwell
If you were looking to anchor your boat in the Bronze Age, from 3300 to 2100 B.C., you’d tie a rope around a heavy rock and throw it overboard.
These primitive anchors got a little more sophisticated with the addition of grooves and sticks and the killick was born. Gaelic for anchor, killicks were still being used in Newfoundland and Labrador in the last century.
The word anchor itself is so old that it’s derived from not only a Latin word “ancora” but a Greek word before that. In ...
On the Waterfront – September 2017
N.L. Fisheries Advisory Council Holds First Meeting
Newfoundland and Labrador’s newly formed Fisheries Advisory Council held its first meeting August 3, beginning its work to maximize the value of available fish resources to the provincial economy through a collaborative stakeholder approach.
The council will focus on both current and emerging strategic fisheries and aquaculture matters, including a new strategic action plan on cod revitalization that focuses on environmental sustainabi...
Deadline Extension: Public Consultation on Marine Recreational Fishing Licences for Eastern Canada
The Department has extended the deadline to participate in the consultation process on Marine Recreational Fishing Licences for Eastern Canada to September 18, 2017.
On May 19, 2017, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced it would consider a new marine recreational licensing system in Eastern Canada.
The Department is seeking views on a new marine recreational licence for Eastern Canada.
The public and industry have a variety of methods via which they can provide comments to ...
A Man Who Worked Hard for Labrador
Fred Clifford Hall Died July 17, Age 70
Fred Clifford Hall was a man whose friends and colleagues say worked hard to improve life in Labrador communities, particularly those of the Innu and Inuit people.
Hall passed away July 17, 2017, at the Dr. L.A. Miller Centre in St. John’s. He was 70.
Max Short, a special advisor to former federal Fisheries Minister Brian Tobin when he first met Hall, said he was always impressed with Hall’s determination and commitment to helping the Innu and ...
CCFI Announces Conference on Building the Fishery of the Future
The Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI) has announced it will host a conference called Cod — Building the Fishery of the Future, on November 22-23, 2017 at the Quality Hotel & Suites (formerly Hotel Gander).
The conference is being held to provide industry with information it will need to launch a new cod fishery based on the recovering fish stocks off the Island and Labrador. The ultimate aim is to help create a sustainable, viable, globally competitive cod fishery that ...
Is Lobster Larvae Decline a Factor in Whale Deaths?
Editor’s Note: This is Alain’s final contribution to The Navigator Magazine. Our long-time, revered, Nova Scotia fisheries contributor passed away on August 5 in Yarmouth. He will be missed, not only by the readers of this publication, but by the fishing industry as a whole.
Marine scientists now believe the lack of lobster postlarvae is the culprit behind the right whales vacating their feeding grounds at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy and migrating to the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
The Twine Loft – September 2017
Passed On: Alain Meuse – Yarmouth, N.S. Fisheries Journalist and Navigator Contributor
Meuse, 75, passed away peacefully on August 5, 2017, with family at his side. He was born in Amirault’s Hill and was a long-time resident of Yarmouth. He was the son of the late Lévi and Antoinette (LeBlanc) Muise. Meuse studied at Ryerson University in Toronto and spent over four decades as a Yarmouth area print journalist up to his retirement, writing for the Yarmouth Herald, Vanguard, Sou’Wester ...
P.E.I. Documentary Bluefin Examines History and Plight of Province’s Famous Giant Tuna
All his life John Hopkins had wanted to catch a bluefin tuna.
Growing to massive sizes, well in excess of 1,000 pounds and incredibly strong swimmers, bluefin are revered all over the world.
“Every fisherman’s dream is to catch a giant bluefin. It’s one of the most powerful fish in the sea,” remarked Hopkins.
But that was then.
If you asked him that same question today — the answer ...