Advance Notice of Fisheries Closures (Presence of NARW)
Above: Map 1. Map identifying the grid closures in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence due to the presence of NARW.
NOTICE OF FISHERIES CLOSURES:
PRESENCE OF NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES
Moncton (New Brunswick) – May 14, 2019 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) – Gulf Region is providing a notice of temporary fisheries closures of a fishing area due to the confirmed presence of North Atlantic Right Whales (NARW).
Due to the confirmed presence of more than three NARW outside the ...
DFO Announces Opening Dates for Lobster Fishing Areas 24, 26A and 26B South
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced that the Lobster fishery in Lobster Fishing Area LFA 24, LFA 26A and LFA 26B South will open at 06:00 a.m. on Friday May 3, 2019.
LFA 26A-1 from Point Prim to Victoria, Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) will open at 6:00 a.m. on Monday May 6, 2019, subject to weather conditions.
DFO wishes to remind fish harvesters to take extra care when navigating on the opening day of the lobster fishery as vessels are loaded with gear and traps. Harvesters are ...
PFDs: A Regulatory Disconnect
On September 5, 2015, the fishing vessel Caledonian capsized 20 nautical miles west of Nootka Sound, British Columbia.
At the time, the vessel was trawling for hake with four crew members onboard. Following the capsizing, the master and mate climbed onto the overturned hull and remained there for several hours.
When the vessel eventually sank, the master and mate abandoned it and the mate swam toward and boarded the life raft. The Canadian Coast Guard subsequently rescued the mate and ...
The Twine Loft – May 2019
Passed On: Robert Comeau – Meteghan Centre, N.S. machinist
Comeau, 86, passed away on March 3 at home. Born in Meteghan River, he was a son of the late Albenie and Marguerite (Melanson) Comeau. He joined the army on August 4, 1950 where he trained at Camp Borden and afterwards in Petawawa with the 1st Battalion R.C.R. He was awarded his Paratroopers Wings on Jan. 26, 1951 in Rivers, Manitoba. Robert served in Korea from March 1952–March 1953. He was awarded the U.N. Medal, Korean Medal and ...
On the Waterfront – May 2019
Bayfield Fishing Accident Claims Two Lives
The Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation in Nova Scotia is in mourning after an April 8 fishing accident that claimed two lives from the close-knit community.
Ozzy Clair and Niko Clair, both in their late 20s, have been identified as the victims of the incident involving a capsized 16-foot fishing boat.
Nova Scotia RCMP say that at approximately 3 p.m. on April 8, officers responded to a 911 call indicating that a boat had capsized near Bayfield, N.S. and ...
Fishermen Appear to be Onboard with New TC Safety Regulations
Transport Canada says there is a stable compliance rate within the fishing industry with the Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations that came into force on July 13, 2017.
“Since the regulations came into effect, there has been 2,270 inspections of small fishing vessels less than 24.4 metres or 150 gross tonnage (across Canada). A stable compliance rate has been noted, so no penalties have been issued for non-compliance with any of the new requirements of the Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations,...
When You’re in Peril on the High Seas — What Happens Behind the Scenes?
Above: A Canadian Armed Forces CH-149 Cormorant helicopter conducts the rescue of a four-person crew in a 15-metre sailboat about 240 nautical miles southeast of Halifax on December 18, 2018. Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Summerside and Glace Bay were sailing home from deployment when the rescue call came in. Photo: © 2018 DND-MDN Canada
Something has gone wrong on your vessel in the North Atlantic.
The seas are rough, the weather is uncompromising. You call for help over Coast ...
Risks and Risk Management
Fishing vessels are places of work.
But they present safety hazards unlike those of most other places of work. They are on water, rather than land and can be a considerable distance from land or other potential sources of shelter or assistance, should they be needed.
Vessels react to atmospheric and ocean conditions, moving in different directions as they pitch, roll and yaw. Space on a vessel is expensive, limited and usually well-utilized, often requiring people to live and work in ...
N.S. Fisheries, Trucking Safety Associations Partner on New Initiative
The Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia (FSANS) and the Nova Scotia Trucking Safety Association have partnered on a new initiative aimed at reducing the number of back injuries in the workplace.
The back injury prevention program was rolled out this spring with a television commercial to raise awareness and to divert people to make the call or check out the FSANS website about it.
“The trucking and fishing industries are intertwined,” said Matt Duffy, safety advisor for the ...
Third Time Unlucky – Part II
Boat repairs created problems for fishing skipper Kenneth Hickey in 2015. His 45-foot vessel DSL Enterprises needed upgrading, but the work was taking longer than anticipated and by mid-June, Kenneth was worried whether he’d be able to catch his snow crab quota before the season ended in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland at the end of June. His wife Madeline was the registered owner of a second enterprise that included a 45-foot vessel, but government rules prevented Kenneth from using the second ...