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Navigator Magazine | 2021
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Land-Based Salmon Hatchery in Digby County Next Big Project for Kelly Cove

The development of a new land-based salmon hatchery near Centreville on Digby Neck is the next big project on the books in Nova Scotia for Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd., the Atlantic Canadian salmon farming division of family-owned Cooke Aquaculture Inc. The $60-million construction project is to be a world-class recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) and is expected to take three years to build. “The difference with the Centreville facility, it’s considered a post moult facility so salmon ...

Full Production of P.E.I-Manufactured Alternative Bait Expected by October

Above: Wally MacPhee and Mark Prevost, founders of Bait Masters in Nine Mile Creek, P.E.I., plan to begin full production of their alternative bait product this fall. Contributed photo   A Prince Edward Island company has plans to be in full production of an alternative bait product for the lobster and snow crab fisheries by this October. Bait Masters was founded by Mark Prevost and Wally MacPhee of Nine Mile Creek, P.E.I. Prevost was a commercial fisherman, while MacPhee ...

Fundian Channel-Browns Bank MPA Committee Starts Work

Above: The Deep Discoverer Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) explores the Fundian Channel. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Deep Connections 2019   An advisory committee tasked with looking into the potential designation of the Fundian Channel-Browns Bank Area of Interest (AOI) as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) under the Oceans Act has begun meeting. The Fundian Channel-Browns Bank was identified as an AOI for an MPA in 2018 because of its ...

Price Setting Panel Sides with ASP on Summer Shrimp

Newfoundland and Labrador harvesters will now receive a small increase for their shrimp landings, but not the bump their union was seeking. Earlier this spring, the Newfoundland and Labrador Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel announced that fishermen would be receiving $1/pound this year for their shrimp. The Fish Food and Allied Workers' union (FFAW) had proposed a price of $1.50/pound to the Panel, but instead it chose the price offered by the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP). As a ...

Big Catches, Record Shore Prices in P.E.I. Lobster Fishery

It’s been a banner year so far for the lobster industry on Prince Edward Island. The landings have been solid, the shore price record-setting and processors have been able to secure an adequate workforce. “We got our labour and we got our labour on time,” said Jerry Gavin, executive director of the P.E.I. Seafood Producers Association. Gavin said there were some challenges in getting temporary foreign workers to Canada this year. Workers from Mexico and the Caribbean had to be ...

Are Hurricanes Really Getting Worse?

As the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season (June 1–November 30) has kicked off for another year, there is a lot of fear that these types of storms are getting more frequent and more severe. Many folks believe that warming oceans will mean more energy for these storms to absorb, which will translate to stronger and more destructive hurricanes when they make landfall. While this might make sense in theory, climate science is much more complicated in practice. Bill Pekny, author of A Tale of ...

SEA-NL: A “Distinct” Voice for Owner-Operators

Photos courtesy of SEA-NL   Oddly enough, the idea of a new association to serve as the “distinct” voice of the province’s more than 3,000 licensed, independent owner-operator inshore fish harvesters originated with the FFAW. In 1993, a federal Task Force on Incomes and Adjustment in the Atlantic Fishery held a focus-group discussion with the union’s inshore council. This is part of what it had to say: “Government should be dealing with owner-operators — not the ...

Despite Punching Above its Weight, Canada’s Fish and Seafood Sector has an Opportunity for Growth in Canada’s Blue Economy Strategy

Over the last six months, the fishing industry has been seized by the announcement and supporting consultation on the development of Canada’s Blue Economy Strategy. Roundtables have been held, papers have been produced, and the seafood sector enthusiastically participated, providing the Federal Minister with its perspective on how to best maximize the value of our wild-capture seafood sector while supporting resilient, viable and flourishing coastal communities. Unfortunately, what is ...

Long on Fish Tales, Short on Facts

Cooper Institute Distorts the Story in P.E.I.’s Lobster Industry   As advocates for Prince Edward Island’s seafood processors, we feel compelled to respond to the recently released Safe at Work, Unsafe at Home: COVID-19 and Temporary Foreign Workers in Prince Edward Island by the Charlottetown-based Cooper Institute. Its authors used questionable methodology to promote simplistic solutions and to disparage the reputation of our members. Over the last decade, acute labour ...