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Patent Issued for N.L. Robotic Snow Crab Processing Unit

Above: CCFI managing director Bob Verge explaining the patented crab butchering technology. Work Continuing on Final Phase of System The first patent has been issued and more are pending for a Newfoundland and Labrador-designed robotic system for butchering snow crab. “The U.S. patent is the first one and we expect it to be patented in other jurisdictions,” said Robert Verge, managing director of the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI) in an interview. “We’re ...

Lobster Season Ends in Southwest Nova

Above: Lobster fishing balloons are loaded onto a truck at the Lower East Pubnico wharf at the end of the LFA 34 lobster season. Kathy Johnson photos It is officially a wrap for the 2018/19 commercial lobster fishery in southwestern Nova Scotia. The season closed in Lobster Fishing Areas (LFA) 33 and 34 on May 31. This is followed by the season end in Bay of Fundy LFAs 36, 37 and 38 on June 29. The LFA 35 fishery closes on July 31. “Overall it was a decent spring,” said Bernie ...

World Oceans Day 2019

June 8 is officially recognized by the United Nations as World Oceans Day. Each year, an increasing number of countries and organizations mark this day as an opportunity to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea. World Oceans Day raises awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives and the important ways people can help to protect it. Thousands of leading aquariums, governments, conservation organizations, schools and individuals around the world ...

Online Enrolment Growing for MI Fishing Masters Training Across Canada

An increasing demand for fishing harvesting training in Canada is being driven by younger participants and the availability of online learning says the head of the Marine Institute’s Community Based Education Delivery (CBED) department. “Fish harvesting training is definitely vital to an evolving industry and we are seeing more and younger students overall in online and traditional delivery programs in Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada,” explained Craig Parsons. “There ...

Could Asian Carp be an Alternative Bait Source for Lobster Fishermen?

The continued stock decline and ever-rising prices of traditional bait fish like herring and mackerel is becoming a bigger issue every year for Atlantic Canada lobstermen. Now, a Nova Scotia businessman is hoping a plan he put in motion two years ago to import Asian carp to use as bait in the lobster fishery will come to fruition this year. “We’re almost there I think,” said Patrick Swim, CEO of Canadian Atlantic Lobster Inc. in an interview. An invasive species from southern ...