month : 07/2018 21 results

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 ...

Another Lobster Season in the Books

(Above) Lobster fishermen Adrian Comeau (right) and Jason LeBlanc offload lobster traps from the Ella & Jace at the wharf in Meteghan, Digby County, in the final days of the LFA 34 season. Kathy Johnson photos Harsh Weather Had Major Impact on Southwest Nova Fishery The pots are now ashore in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34. This marks the end of a season where the weather has hampered fishing efforts, including a one-day delay in the scheduled season opening of November ...

Making Do With Less

Canada’s capture fishing industry is facing a very serious crisis, due to decreasing landings and a shrinking workforce. Some aspects of that crisis are already apparent, but others will become increasingly obvious as time passes. We need to be thinking about how to deal with it. In 1990, fish landings in Canada totaled 1,598,281 metric tonnes. In 2016, they were 831,980 tonnes, just 52.1 per cent of the 1990 total. Fisheries on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts suffered drastic ...

Federal Government Updates Ocean Protection Initiatives

With the longest coastline in the world, the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic oceans have been part of Canadians’ way of life for centuries and they have helped to build Canada’s history and sustain our economy over generations. We all want our oceans to remain productive, sustainable and able to support healthy marine ecosystems and coastal communities. As Canada’s Oceans Minister, these are priorities for me and this Oceans Day is an opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments and ...

Unit 1 and 2 Redfish: Making the Most of the Future

Unit 1 and 2 redfish is a good news story. As recently as 2010, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) recommended the species in this stock be listed as endangered and threatened. Fortunately, favorable environmental conditions from 2011 to 2013 allowed extraordinary recruitment. With millions of tonnes of mostly juvenile redfish in the water today, the industry is faced with entirely different questions — how fast and hard to fish it. These decisions will ...

Investors Swoon Over Land-Based Salmon Farming in Maine

Down East Maine is one of the poorest parts of the United States. The area used to have large numbers of salmon canneries and paper mills, which have all disappeared. Now, the drop in costs for land-based salmon farming has resulted in an investor-led rush to acquire and build suitable properties in Maine. The latest investment group is Whole Oceans, a company owned by the private equity venture group called Emergent Holdings, which first filed its Securities and Exchange Commission ...

What is the Definition of an Inshore Fish Harvester?

I write this letter to inform your readers why it’s important to define an inshore fish harvester for purposes of a vote by the Labour Relations Board to ultimately decide which union should represent them. Here are three, real-life examples: Two men who hold commercial fishing licenses are on the provincial government’s “sunshine list” as having made more than $100,000 in base salary/overtime in 2016 (one alone made more than $130,000), should they also be eligible to vote? ...

Fact Checking Georges Bank Haddock

I noticed a letter from the FFAW in the June edition of The Navigator that used 5Z (Eastern Georges Bank) haddock as an example in an unrelated point. The statement read “The last haddock assessment reported a spawning stock biomass (ssb) of 33,700 tonnes” and later that “they land nearly 15,000 tonnes.” While stock assessments are publicly available online, I wanted to ensure Navigator readers are aware that the 2017 stock assessment showed the stock was extremely healthy with ...

On The Waterfront — July 2018

Cape Breton Fishing Accident Claims Two Lives Two Port Hood lobster fishermen died May 12 after their fishing boat capsized off the coast of nearby Colindale less than 100 metres from the shore. Hugh Watts, 39, and Glen MacDonald, 58, were identified as the victims. Watts’ 18-year-old stepson was onboard as well, but managed to make it safely to shore. Watts was a member of the fishermen’s association, which consists of captains in the Inverness County region. MacDonald was Watts’ ...

The Twine Loft — July 2018

Passed On: Glen MacDonald – Port Hawkesbury, N.S. fisherman MacDonald, 58, passed away suddenly as a result of a marine accident on May 12. Born in Inverness, he was a son of Anna Hodgeson and the late Clarence Boudreau. McDonald was a lobster, crab and tuna fisherman from a young age and loved being on the water. He was also employed for many years as an automobile mechanic and will be remembered as a fixer of all things broken. Passed On: Hugh Watts – Port Hood, N.S. fisherman ...