Using Underwater Light in Commercial Fishing Applications
Fishing with artificial lights is one of the most advanced and successful methods to increase catch rates in recreational and commercial fishing operations.
It has a well-documented history in many parts of the world, including Africa, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Peru, Russia, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.
Historically, it started with simple techniques such as burning a large bonfire on the beach to attract fish. Fishermen and their family members ...
Fishing Safety Highlighted at First Annual FSANS Awards
Above: Captain Keith Colburn (standing left) and safety advisor for the FSANS, Matthew Duffy, pose with Ken Lukas (front row from left), Barbara Duffy, Lorraine MacLean, Darrell MacLean, John Calder and Kim Calder at the Splashes of Safety awards banquet in Halifax on Sept. 28. Contributed photo
Safety excellence in the Nova Scotia fishing industry was celebrated at the first annual Splashes of Safety awards dinner and fundraiser on Sept. 28 at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel in Halifax....
Going Underwater in Placentia Bay
Restoring an Ecosystem From the Bottom Up
It was more than 400 years ago that Placentia Bay’s fishing industry started.
Back then, Placentia’s large, rocky beach meant that fish could be salted and dried right on the rocks rather than on a constructed wooden fishing stage, saving time and effort.
Placentia’s economy was based on the cod fishery and cod trade. In fact, the fisheries of Placentia played a large role in securing Newfoundland as the world’s largest exporter of ...
Market Outlook Positive for Southwest N.S. Lobster Fishery
Above: Seafood.com founder John Sackton gives an overview of market conditions, outlooks and trade issues during the SWNS Lobster Forum in Yarmouth on Sept. 19. Kathy Johnson photo
There are positive indications for favourable lobster market conditions as fishermen in Southwestern Nova Scotia get ready to set their traps at the end of November.
Healthy export markets, a strong U.S. economy, stable exchange rates and at least an average demand from processors are on the horizon for ...
Survivor Extreme – Part IV
Following the sinking of the tug Sea Alert just south of Nain Labrador in the fall of 1995, Dave Barnes faced what most would find insurmountable odds to survive. After swimming a mile in freezing water, he managed to make it to land but a mountain lay between him and safety. He climbed the snow-covered mountain in bare feet and finally made it to a small shack on the Labrador coastline. But surviving the night would be a major struggle.
This is Part IV of Survivor Extreme.
Inshore Lobster Bycatch Monitoring Implemented in Southwestern Nova Scotia
Like it or lump it, regular at-sea data collection across all inshore lobster fishing areas (LFAs) in the Maritimes Region is being introduced by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).
The monitoring will be starting this fall with LFAs 33, 34 and 35, possibly in the spring of 2019 for LFAs 27, 30, 31a, 31b and 32 and LFA 38b and at a later date to be determined for LFAs 36, 37 and 38.
“The main purpose of at-sea data collection is to determine the occurrence of bycatch ...
Labour Board Dismisses FISH-NL Certification Application
Labour Group Pledges to Fight On
The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) has stated it is not going away anytime soon.
The fledgling labour organization announced this declaration despite the Oct. 1 decision by the NL Labour Relations Board decision to finally dismiss FISH-NL’s certification application.
FISH-NL President Ryan Cleary told the CBC that the dismissal is not a blow but “an opportunity.”
“The opportunity is to do ...
Right Whales Key Issue Discussed at Annual Lobster Forum
Above: Judith Maxwell, executive director of the Scotia Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association collects work sheets with feedback from fishermen on how industry should be involved in mitigation measures for the North Atlantic right whale during the third annual SWNS Lobster Forum in Yarmouth on September 19. Kathy Johnson photo
There was no shortage of information for fishermen from LFAs 33, 34 and 35 to consider and discuss during the third annual SWNS Lobster Forum in Yarmouth on ...
Quota Cuts Coming for Georges Bank Groundfish
It looks like quota cuts are on the horizon for the Georges Bank groundfish fishery.
Recent recommendations from the Canada/U.S. Georges Bank Transboundary Management Guidance Committee (TMGC) include a 25 per cent cut in haddock quotas, a 32 per cent cut for cod quotas and a 53 per cent cut in yellowtail flounder quotas for 2019.
Co-chair of the Committee, Alain d’Entremont, Scotia Harvest Inc., said the 2019 overall recommendation for cod is 650 metric tonnes (a reduction from 950 ...
Why Do We Fish?
In last month’s column, I asked the question, how should we define success in the fishery in Atlantic Canada?”
I went on to suggest we need to reconsider what it takes to be successful, because what we have been doing hasn’t been working. This month, I will continue with that overall theme, by asking the related question, “why do we fish?”
Maybe the answer seems obvious — we fish to catch fish, the more the better. But that is neither the right answer nor a good one. Fishing ...