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Quinlan Brothers Clarifies Pending Deal with Royal Greenland

Above photo: Quinlan Brothers Fish Plant, Bay de Verde, N.L. On November 2, Quinlan Brothers Limited issued a press release “to correct recent reports in the local media regarding its proposed business relationship with Royal Greenland.” Robin Quinlan, president of the Bay de Verde, N.L.-based company, stated he has decided to remain as an owner and invest further by facilitating the retirement of his father, Wayne. In the press release, the company said it has experienced ...

The Tignish Lobster Trap Tree of Hope

Photos courtesy of Town of Tignish Ruby Arsenault is very proud of the Tignish, Prince Edward Island lobster trap tree. “When you drive by it’s like the tree of hope,” she said in an interview. The first lobster trap Christmas tree was erected in 2018. “We lost two individuals in the fall fishing (season) so it went up that Christmas in memory of them and all other fishermen lost at sea,” said Arsenault. Another tree was built last Christmas in memory of another ...

Lobster Trap Christmas Trees Celebrate Fishermen and the Season in Port Mouton, Cape Sable Island

Above photo: Buoys in memory of those lost at sea, those who have since passed on and in recognition of active fishers adorn the Municipality of Barrington’s lobster trap Christmas tree. Kathy Johnson photo Lobster trap Christmas trees are once again decked out for the season on Cape Sable Island and Port Mouton on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. This is the third year for the tree at the Port Mouton wharf. The project was initiated by community volunteer Krystie Gatzke and her ...

Port de Grave Lighting up the Season for the 22nd Year

Above photo by Joyce Morgan The spirit of the season will once again be shining brightly this Christmas in Port de Grave, N.L. For the 22nd year, boats at the community wharf will be decorated and lit for the season from Dec. 11 to Jan. 6, 2021. “2020 has been a year for the history books, with snowmageddon (in January) and COVID-19, we are hoping that the harbour will shine so brightly that they will see us in outer space,” said Joyce Morgan, chairperson of the organizing ...

Averting Future Species Collapses

In this 24-hour news cycle, social media-obsessed world, all industries have their buzzwords. A quick look at Twitter will instantly tell you what words are trending at that very moment in time. Buzzwords surrounding today’s modern fishery now include such terms as sustainability, ecofriendly, ecolabelling, chain of custody and traceability, to name a few. However, if you venture back in time a few decades, prior to the onslaught of Facebook and YouTube, one will discover that the ...

The Twine Loft – November 2020

Passed On: Maxwell Williams – Pond Cove, N.L. fisherman Williams, 83, passed away on September 8 at home. Born on June 26, 1937, he spent his life as a hard-working inshore fisherman to provide the best life he could for his family. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and being in the woods. Passed On: Oliver Ross – Stoney Island, N.S. fisherman Ross, 88, passed away on September 28 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born on February 1, 1932, he was a son of the late Wallace and Flora ...

On the Waterfront – November 2020

    Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Application Deadline Extended The Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program has been extended by another two weeks to ensure that as many Canadian fish harvesters as possible can take advantage of it. The online portal will now close on October 19, 2020. The program is delivering financial support to self-employed harvesters across the country who are facing hardships brought on by the economic impact of COVID–19. The program ...

Former Fishery Officer Reflects on Current Lobster Dispute

Rewind to the years 1999 and 2000. After the Supreme Court of Canada’s Marshall I and II decisions in September and November 1999, the Canadian Government spent nearly $600 million buying back commercial fishing licences from commercial fishermen and turning them over to First Nations along with boats, fishing gear and training. At the time, this was supposed to integrate native communities into the commercial fisheries and satisfy the moderate livelihood requirements in the Supreme ...

We Are All Treaty People

Sierra Club Calls on Canada to Uphold Peace and Friendship Treaties and Mi’kmaq Right to Fish   The Sierra Club Canada Foundation condemns the racism that Indigenous people are experiencing as they practice their right to fish in Nova Scotia and stands in solidarity with the Mi’kmaq in the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation. Sierra Club calls on the Government of Canada to act immediately to uphold its obligations under the Peace and Friendship Treaties and recognized by the ...

All Stakeholders Must be at Table to Resolve Lobster Dispute

We have spent generations being the steward of this resource, protecting it through conservation measures and building the industry. Three generations of my family have lived through poverty and winters, where a moderate livelihood was simply being able to borrow enough money to survive. Years ago, anyone could get into the fishing industry if they wanted to. But no one wanted to be a poor fisherman. My grandfather’s gear cost 25 cents and he toiled long and hard for next to nothing for ...