Two Names But One of a Kind
Nova Scotia’s Legendary Fisheries Journalist is Gone
You know that someone with two sets of names, both first and last, was bound to be an interesting person and the man we spelled as “Alain Meuse” was more than just interesting — there was no one quite like him.
Allen Muise, as he was officially named, passed away on August 5, 2017 and his loss leaves a huge gap in fisheries journalism in southwest Nova Scotia.
For us at the Navigator his passing means the loss of a colleague. ...
Understanding Fish Stocks
Marine Institute Home to OCI Industrial Research Chair for Fish Stock Assessment
Dr. Noel Cadigan has been named the first Ocean Choice International Research Chair in Stock Assessment and Sustainable Harvest Advice for Northwest Atlantic Fisheries.
The new chair is an investment of $2.5 million from industry, government, academia, donors and the Marine Institute (MI) to advance the way fish stock assessments for the Northwest Atlantic fisheries are conducted.
Housed at MI, it is only ...
The Twine Loft – October 2017
Passed On: Edward Nickerson – Deep Cove Island, N.S. Fisherman
Nickerson, 83, passed away peacefully at home on August 13. Born March 28, 1934 in Comeau’s Hill, he was the son of the late Gordon and Ethel (Kenney) Nickerson. He started fishing full-time at the age of 11 with his father. At 17, he skippered his own fishing boat until he retired in 1995 and was a constant mentor to his grandsons.
Passed On: Michael Miller – Chéticamp, N.S. Fisherman
Miller, 73, passed away ...
Concern Replacing Optimism in LFA 25
Fall P.E.I. Lobster Fishermen Face Disappointing Lull in Price Per Pound
There was a great deal of optimism this year as Prince Edward Island lobster fishermen with fall licences started gearing up for their season — but it didn’t last.
There are about 254 boats from P.E.I. who participate in the Northumberland Strait lobster fishery in Lobster Fishing Area (LFA) 25. The season runs this year from Aug. 8 to about Oct. 8.
By any leap of logic, the captains had good reason to have a ...
The Tragedy of the Miss Ally – Part V
Above photo: Fishermen’s Memorial in Woods Harbour, Nova Scotia
The last communication between the fishing vessel Miss Ally was just before 11 p.m. Sunday, February 17, 2013. Not long after that, the vessel’s emergency locator beacon sounded. At that time, the Joint Rescue Coordinating Centre (JRCC) and Coast Guard staff realized that the 44-foot boat had likely succumbed to the storm that was raging off eastern Nova Scotia. A few hours later, two Coast Guard staff were asked to go ...
Positive Outlook on the Horizon
All Atlantic Canadians are familiar with the ages-old, weather proverb in like a lamb, out like a lion.
This saying of course, refers to climatic predictions for the month of March. But many are wondering if the same adage might apply to the date of September 21, 2017.
That particular day on the calendar marks the much-awaited (that’s probably an understatement) Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) provisionally coming into effect — meaning after ...
Herring Fishery Touch and Go
Above photo: The herring seiner Sea Life II lays berthed at the West Head wharf on Cape Sable Island. Landings in the 4VWX herring fishery were spotty for the first three months for the season, which opened on June 1 and ends on October 14. Kathy Johnson photo
The 4VWX Atlantic herring fishery has been more down than up this season, with spotty landings in the Bay of Fundy and Scots Bay by the 11 purse seiners left in in the fishery.
“The fishery has not been good this year,” said ...
No Decision on Future of FISH-NL
Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Relations Board Yet to Rule on Application
More than eight months has passed since the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) presented an application to the Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Relations Board requesting that the organization be certified as the new bargaining agent for inshore fish harvesters, currently represented by the FFAW-Unifor.
On August 1, the group was once again calling on the province’s ...
Quantity Versus Value
For the most part, we live in a world where many resources are in short supply relative to human needs and wants.
Since 1950, the world’s population has increased three-fold, from 2.5 billion to 7.6 billion this year, creating new demand for just about everything. To keep up with that growing demand, we have been extracting increasing quantities of the world’s resources — and producing a lot of waste products along the way.
That is one of the major drivers of the climate change that ...