year : 2018 248 results

Senate Report Calls for Sweeping Changes to Coast Guard

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) should be made a separate statutory agency, reporting to the Minister of Transport. This was one of the major recommendations in a report by the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, entitled When Every Minute Counts. The Committee undertook its study on maritime search and rescue (SAR) because gaps had been identified over the past decade regarding coverage, capacity, prevention and governance. Canada’s maritime search and rescue workers ...

Nova Scotia Lobster Exports Expected to Top the Charts Again

Nova Scotia lobster exports shipped from Halifax Stanfield International Airport are expected to be record setting again over the holiday season as the lobster season in southwestern Nova Scotia got underway. “We anticipate another busy holiday season for lobster shipments from Halifax Stanfield that will continue through to the Chinese New Year (February 5, 2019),” said Nicole Scaplen marketing and communications manager for the airport. “Outside of our regularly scheduled cargo ...

Pop’s Pride

Sonya Walsh didn’t hear her husband Keith get up on Tuesday morning, September 6, 2016. Neither did she hear the alarm clock that always woke Keith. She didn’t hear her husband and their son Keith Jr., age 18, having breakfast and chatting before they left the house at approximately 5 a.m. to go fishing. Ordinarily, 36-year old Sonya would have merely dismissed her deep sleep that morning as nothing more than extreme tiredness, but events later that day makes her wonder about some ...

ICCAT Reports Stable Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Stocks

An agreement in principle on amendments to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) Convention and establishing a multi-annual management plan for bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean were among the 12 recommendations and resolutions adopted at the organization’s annual meeting on Nov. 19 in Croatia. “The Government of Canada is very pleased that an agreement in principle has been reached on amendments to the convention, which include ...

South Coast Mayors Learn About Aquaculture Operations in British Columbia

Mayors and community leaders from the south coast and central Newfoundland travelled to British Columbia in October to learn about the economic impact of aquaculture on Canada’s west coast. Jamie Gaskill, Managing Director of Marine Harvest Atlantic Canada, extended the invitation during a spring meeting in the province with local mayors and community leaders. Earlier this year, the Norwegian aquaculture giant acquired New Brunswick-based Northern Harvest, including its farming licences in ...

Fishing Safety: Much Work to be Done

The winter season is nearly upon us. While some fishermen are hauling up their boats, storing gear and evaluating the season that was, many harvesters are just getting started. In just a few weeks, more than 1,600 harvesters in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33-34 will be hitting the water to prosecute one of the largest and most lucrative lobster fisheries on the planet. The countdown to dumping day 2018 is on. The planning and preparation for this multi-million-dollar fishery is ...

The Twine Loft – December 2018

Passed On: Loraine Williams – Port Mouton, N.S. DFO engineer Williams, 90, passed away on October 9 at the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in South West Port Mouton, Queens County, he was a son of the late Kenneth and Alberta (Daury) Williams. He was an engineer for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for 30 years. Prior to his career with DFO, Loraine fished for Swim Brothers out of Lockeport. Passed On: Anita Frausel – Port Mouton, N.S. fish plant worker Frausel, 85, ...

On the Waterfront – December 2018

Fire Destroys St. Mary’s Bay Fish Plant Another Newfoundland fish plant has been lost to fire. The Hickey & Sons Fisheries Ltd. fish plant in St. Mary’s Bay was destroyed by an October 26 massive blaze. The plant was a total write-off. Between 80 and 100 people work at the plant. It processed lobster, mussels, groundfish, whelk, scallops and pelagic fish, like capelin. Hickey & Sons Fisheries co-owner Craig Hickey told CBC the plant was insured and that the company ...

Global Whitefish Supply Will Continue to Decline in 2019

At October’s Groundfish Forum, there were no unexpected developments in global groundfish stocks. On a year-to-year basis, it was very much business as usual. But if you look at a three-year picture, from 2017 to 2019, total global wild whitefish production has dropped four per cent, with cod down 13.4 per cent over the past three years. This change in the supply picture has had price impacts in several areas. First, international cod prices (Barents Sea) have climbed 21 per cent ...

Why Do We Process Fish?

A couple of months ago, 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. Last month, I continued with that overall theme by asking the related question, “why do we fish?” This month, I will go to the next step in the value chain and ask, “why do we process fish?” When your day job is catching fish, it is ...