Saving the World’s Rarest Marine Mammal
WWF-Mexico recently conducted fishing gear tests at the Marine Institute’s flume tank facility. The tests featured a new net design that is aimed at reducing harm to vaquitas — the world’s rarest marine mammal. With a population of only 30 animals, vaquitas are critically endangered and on the brink of extinction.
Marine Institute Groundfish Processing Technology Demonstrations a Big Success
As the Atlantic Canadian seafood industry begins its transition back to groundfish, processing capacity must be improved with new processing technologies that are more efficient, less labour intensive, more energy efficient and offer improved yields and quality.
To help prepare industry for this transition, the Marine Institute’s Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development hosted a Groundfish Processing Technology Demonstrations in February 2018, highlighting some of the newest ground...
Dr. Robert Gregory: Casting a Net
Dr. Robert Gregory is a research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and also an adjunct professor at Memorial University.
One could say that he has been schooling young cod and students since 1994.
Let’s talk young fish first. “The program I’ve developed over the years involves analysing young cod and coastal ecosystems in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Gregory.
Gregory studies the early-life stages of cod. He focuses on the nearshore where waters are 10 metres deep ...
The End of a Dream
Above photo: Captain Ed Noonan at home in Bay de Verde
Mackenzie’s Dream, a multi-species fishing vessel owned by Quinlan Brothers Ltd. of Bay de Verde on Newfoundland’s east coast, was one of the largest fishing vessels in the area in 2005.
There were lots of other 65-footers in the Trinity and Conception Bay fleets, especially from Port de Grave, approximately 45 miles to the south, but Mackenzie’s Dream was 26-feet wide and higher than many vessels in her class and fitted ...
Legal Action and Controversy Follow Awarding of Arctic Surf Clam License
When Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc announced his intention last fall to introduce a fourth license for Arctic surf clams, representing 25 per cent of the total allowable catch (TAC), speculation and controversy quickly followed.
And that controversy came to a head Feb. 21 when LeBlanc announced, to the surprise of many industry stakeholders, that the new license for Arctic surf clams would be going to the newly created Five Nations Clam Company.
The minister said the Five Nations ...
The Big Picture — Opportunities Exist, Perseverance Pays Off
A global perspective and proof that perseverance pays off were brought to the stage at the Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers Conference in Halifax on Feb. 22 by Steinar Engeset, President of Dartmouth-based Newfound Trading Ltd. and Dr. Øystein Lie, founder and chief scientific officer of GenoMar, Norway, the world’s leading tilapia breeding company.
Engeset, who comes from a long line of Norwegian fishers, could be described as a founding father of the North Atlantic ...
New N.S. Live Lobster Certification Program Expected in Late Spring/Early Summer
The Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture has plans to roll out a new live lobster certification program this year that will up the industry’s game in the marketing world.
An overview of the program and its development was presented at the Fisheries Minister’s Conference in Halifax on Feb. 22 by Stacey Frame, marine advisor for the department and Michelle Theriault, Director of the Universite Saintè-Anne Petit-de-Grat campus and coordinator of the Marine Research Centre....
N.S. Fishing Industry Gathers for Annual Conference
Photo above: More than 400 fishing industry harvesters, processors and representatives gathered in Halifax on Feb. 22 and 23 for the 20th annual Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister’s Conference, which also attracted 40 exhibitors to the accompanying trade show. Kathy Johnson photo.
More than 400 fishing industry harvesters, processors and representatives gathered in Halifax on Feb. 22 and 23 for the 20th annual Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquacult...