Demand Has Never Been Stronger for Maritime Boatbuilders
Need for More Skilled Workers is an Ongoing Challenge
Above: Workers at Provincial Boat and Marine Ltd. in Kensington, P.E.I. put the skin coat of fibreglass on a hull mould. Contributed photo
Boatyards throughout the Maritimes are being kept busy with new boat construction, as well as refit, repair and service work.
“The industry has never been busier, said Jay Campbell, spokesman for Provincial Boat and Marine Ltd. in Kensington, P.E.I. “In our over 45 years of ...
N.S. Minister’s Conference Partnering with Aquaculture Association
With a lineup of nearly 100 speakers and a program full of industry topics, the 22nd annual Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister’s Conference, being held Feb. 25–27 in Halifax, is on course to be the largest yet.
New this year, the Minister’s Conference is being held in partnership with the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia’s (AANS) SeaFarmer’s Conference to co-host “the largest fisheries and aquaculture conference in Canada,” said Scott Samson, ...
Atlantic Canada Seafood Being Showcased in Boston and Brussels
Above: The busy show floor at the 2019 Seafood Expo North America.
Dozens of Atlantic Canadian seafood companies will be showcasing their wares and making connections this spring at Seafood Expo North America (SENA) in Boston from March 15 to 17 and the Global Seafood Exposition (GSE) in Brussels, Belgium from April 21 to 23.
The Atlantic Canada seafood industry, in partnership with their provincial governments, has a long history of participating in SENA, said Abigail McCarthy, ...
Fish Canada Workboat Canada Attendance Breaks Record
Atlantic Canada Marine Industries Hall of Fame Welcomes Three New Inductees
Above: Laurence Cook's award was accepted by his daughters Allyson and Hannah, left, and friend Melanie Sonnenberg.
Big crowds were the name of the game for Canada’s largest commercial marine event — Fish Canada Workboat Canada, held Jan. 24–25 in Moncton.
A record total of 7,237 attendees made it out over the show’s two days, with a mix of professionals from fisheries, aquaculture, workboat operati...
The Continuing Enigma That is Cod
A needle in a haystack. A snowball in a blizzard. A black cat in a coal mine.
You get the idea.
Why is cod the Houdini of the fishing industry?
As you all know by now, counting cod is as predictable as the weather of late.
Fishermen report an abundance of cod in some areas, while scientists say they can’t find them.
Harvesters say cod is showing up on their sounders as thick, solid bands, while scientific tow surveys are reporting that the groundfish is no longer found in ...
The Twine Loft – March 2020
Passed On: John Crosbie – St. John’s, N.L. politician, former N.L. Lieutenant Governor and Federal Fisheries Minister
Crosbie, 89, passed away on January 10 in St. John’s. He was born in St. John’s on January 30, 1931, to a prominent business and political family. He was the son of Chesley A. Crosbie, the head of the Crosbie mercantile group and leader of the Economic Union Party, which favoured free trade with the United States. His grandfather was Sir John Chalker Crosbie, a cabinet ...
Former Colleague Fondly Remembers John Crosbie
Working for John Crosbie is a time St. John’s resident Ray Andrews remembers well.
“He was a workaholic, a stickler for details, needed all the research from as many as he could get before he made any decisions, so that was the part I really liked about him,” said Andrews in an interview.
“He didn’t work on the fly or do short-term type of stuff. He always wanted the details necessary from everybody and many times he would ask the same question of a bunch of people and take all ...
John Crosbie was an Icon in Newfoundland and Labrador
It is with sadness that I write this tribute to a great man who I got to know and admire.
My first recollection of John Crosbie was in 1966 when he and Clyde Wells walked across the floor in the Government of Joey Smallwood. I believe the dispute was about the Come by Chance refinery deal.
I thought to myself, these are two honourable gentlemen who had the guts to do what they thought was right.
Mr. Crosbie kept on in politics first in the Moore’s Government and later as a ...
On the Waterfront – March 2020
Crew of OCI Vessel Safe After Fire Onboard
All crew members of the OCI fishing vessel Newfoundland Lynx are back in port safe following a small, contained fire aboard the boat on January 29.
The vessel safely docked at St. Anthony harbour — the closest port to where the vessel was fishing.
The Newfoundland Lynx was met by the St. Anthony Fire Department and the crew were discharged from the vessel. The company said it was extremely pleased with how quickly and professionally its ...
Fisheries Management Suffering from Recurring Issues
Our current approach to fishery management results in some crucial and recurring problems that are currently highlighted by three particular issues.
One is the controversy over the latest 3PS cod stock assessment and the new computer model being used there. Despite the continuing discussion and whatever the pros and cons of the two approaches, no change in the assessment method can change the amount of fish in the ocean.
Moreover, there appears to be no clear idea of how the results will ...