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Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s Wooden Boat Building Workshop

The Town of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s hosted a Wooden Boat Building Workshop from May 14 to 18 at the community’s marina. Participants learned traditional boat building skills from master boat builder, Jerome Canning, as well as president of the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland, Jim Dempsey. The workshop was meant to serve as a way to transfer traditional boat building skills to participants, as well as build a new regatta fleet for the town. The dories built in the workshop will ...

N.S. Seafood Alliance Nears Goal of 100 Members

The Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance (NSSA) is nearing a goal set 16 months ago to recruit 100 members to the umbrella organization that represents the interests of small and medium-sized seafood companies in the fishing industry. “The Alliance is growing nicely and we are quite proud of that,” said Leo Muise, executive director of the Alliance. “We currently have 93 members as of this moment, including associate members,” which “represents a significant portion of the shore ...

Innovative Fishing Gear Technologies in the Coast of Bays

The Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources and the Regional Aquaculture Centre in the Coast of Bays Region have been working with local harvesters from the Connaigre Peninsula since April to test experimental fishing gear for snow crab and lobster. While the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources developed and implemented the experimental procedures, the Regional Aquaculture Centre was critical in organizing two information sessions for the harvesters to participate in the projects. ...

Gulf Crab Fishery in Disarray

To say this year’s snow crab fishery in the Gulf of St. Lawrence has been a challenging one, would be an understatement. The 2018 season was delayed in opening by the presence of heavy ice in the bays and ports of the region. And once the fishery finally opened, catch rates were much lower than last year. However, the biggest disruption to the valuable fishery was the closure of crab fishing areas due to the arrival of right whales in the Gulf. At least 18 North Atlantic right whales ...

A Red Sky at Morning — Part II

(Above) John Gillett sitting on the deck of his house in Twillingate during an evening of story telling, 2014  On October 28, 1971, John Gillett and his friend Clarence Oxford were turr hunting when John had a sudden premonition of impending danger. His strange feeling was strong enough for John to suggest they should turn around and head for home in Twillingate. It was a calm morning and turrs were plentiful, but Clarence knew the forecast called for strong winds in the afternoon so ...

Northern Cod Science — A Collaborative Effort

Northern cod has been looked on as one of the most important fish stocks for Newfoundland and Labrador for centuries. Through the collapse of the fishery in the early 1990s and to the recent growth in the stock, the assessment of the status of the Northern cod stock is big news in the province. Brian Healey works in the Science Branch of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). He is the senior NAFO science advisor for Fisheries and Oceans Canada and section head of groundfish and is responsi...

Southern N.S. Groundfish Stocks Healthy, Except Cod and Cusk

While the lobster fishery is king, the groundfish fishery in southwestern Nova Scotia is nothing to sneeze at. This fishery is worth more than $55 million in landed value for 2016/17 for fishing areas 4VXW and Georges Bank and has solid stock statuses for primary target species such as halibut, haddock, silver hake, winter flounder and redfish. “Halibut is the one that’s just going up and up and up,” said federal fisheries survey biologist Donald Clark in an interview. “I ...

Labour Relations Board Orders Hearing Into FISH-NL’s Application

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is not going down without a fight. The upstart labour group recently welcomed a decision by the province’s Labour Relations Board to order a hearing into its application for certification. “We’re one step closer to a vote,” says Ryan Cleary, president of FISH-NL. Glenn Branton, CEO of the Labour Relations Board, wrote a notification in late May to all parties involved in FISH-NL’s applicatio...

Partnership Seeks MSC Certification for Turbot Fishery

Four industry associations recently announced that Acoura Fisheries will be conducting an assessment of the NAFO areas 0A, 0B and 2+3KLMNO Canadian Greenland halibut (turbot) trawl and gillnet fishery against the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard for sustainable fisheries. A MSC certificate will further demonstrate the commitment of Canadian industry to fisheries sustainability. “Representing the largest share of turbot allocations in Canadian waters, the Nunavut Fisheries ...

Marketing Strategy and Access Issues on Lobster Council’s Radar

The Lobster Council of Canada (LCC) is hoping to tap into the Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF) for funding under the marketing section of the Canadian Fish and Seafood Program component to support a revamped marketing strategy. “We expect an announcement about the Canadian Fish and Seafood Program soon at which time we will be submitting a proposal summary and expect to be asked to submit a formal proposal for marketing Canadian lobster to the world,” said Geoff Irvine executive director of ...