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Could the Southern Gulf Cod Be Extinct by 2050?

DFO Scientists Point Finger at Grey Seal Predation as a Major Cause The plight of the Atlantic cod has been in the headlines for decades in this region, with most of the attention focused on the Northern cod stock off eastern Newfoundland. But a new study has highlighted the cod stock in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence and the news is not promising. A recent report from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) stated that the outlook for this particular cod stock remains grim. ...

Providing No More – Part III

Just before 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 6, 2018, the fishing vessel Fisherman’s Provider II ran hard aground on a shoal nearly three miles from Canso, Nova Scotia. Three crewmembers successfully abandoned ship into a life raft and were taken onboard another fishing boat. However, the Provider’s captain, Roger Stoddard, refused to join his crew and stubbornly ignored repeated calls on VHF Radio, cell phone and even refused to respond to shouts from fellow fishermen near enough to the Provider ...

Promising Leads to Countering Right Whale Entanglements

A northern New Brunswick engineering consulting firm, that has been working in collaboration with snow crab fishermen on the Acadian Peninsula on ways to reduce right whale gear entanglement, has come up with some promising leads, says its president. Caraquet-based Corbo Engineering first began tackling the issue in January 2018 with funding from the Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF) after being approached by the snow crab fishermen associations in the area. “They were caught off guard with ...

What Do Lobsters Like to Eat?

St. FX Getting Down to the Biology of it Above: St. FX students load prototype tripods onto a boat for testing during pilot work for the Bait Responses Project. Blaise MacMullen photo St. FX University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia is taking a “step-by-step, building-from-the-bottom-up approach” when it comes to identifying alternative bait sources for the lobster fishery. “The key right now is we’re not testing alternative baits yet. What we’re doing is building a scientific ...

Shark Scramble Provides Important Scientific Research Data

Above: The Oceanographic Environmental Research Society was just one of the groups on hand to collect samples and data during the Yarmouth Shark Scramble. Kathy Johnson photos Another successful Yarmouth Shark Scramble is in the books. This year marked the 21st annual event for the popular recreational fishing tournament. A total of 15 vessels carrying 116 participants competed in the scramble that ran from Aug. 14 to 17. The maximum 45 blue sharks were landed with a combined weight ...

Bluefin Tuna Tagged in 2012 Landed During Wedgeport Tournament

There was a reunion of sorts at the Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival this year when an Atlantic bluefin tuna that was tagged and released with a pop-up satellite archival tag by the Fin Seeker in waters off Port Mouton in October, 2012 was landed by the Claw Patrol on the last fishing day of the tournament. For Dr. Molly Lutcavage, director and founder of the Large Pelagics Research Center in Massachusetts, it was the highlight of this year’s tuna weigh-in. Dr. Molly, as she’s ...