month : 08/2021 32 results

Mark Blundon On the Water

N.L. photographer Mark Blundon has been providing the Navigator Magazine with photos of local fisheries vessels for several years. Photos by Mark Blundon

Bluenose Centennial Celebrations Underway

This year marks the 100th anniversary since the launch of Canada’s most iconic sailing vessel, the Bluenose. To honour the anniversary, the Bluenose II, the replica schooner, will be visiting numerous Nova Scotia harbours over the summer, including ports of call in both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. The Bluenose II, shown here, visited Halifax harbour and the Bedford Basin on July 26 and 27. Photos by Tracey Wallace

Air Cargo Logistics Park Nearing Completion at Halifax International

The Air Cargo Logistics Park at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport is expected to be fully open for operations by the end of 2021. “We anticipate the building will be complete in the late summer, at which point our two tenants, Cargojet and First Catch, will get access and begin configuring their spaces,” said Leah Batstone, Communications and Marketing Advisor for the Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA). “It is early days, but we are already seeing the benefit ...

Aquaculture Lease Boundary Amendments Result of New Provincial Regulations

Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. is going through the process of amending the boundaries at four of its salmon farm sites in Nova Scotia. The boundary amendments are necessary to comply with the new Aquaculture License and Lease Regulations introduced by the province in 2015 that requires all mooring and anchor lines to be inside the lease boundary, explained Joel Richardson, vice-president of public relations for parent company Cooke Aquaculture. “Any shellfish or finfish aquaculture operations ...

Cross-Sector Project to Collect Fishing Industry Labour Data

The Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association and the Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council are among the 14 sector council members of the Association of Industry Sector Councils (AISC) which are embarking on labour market data collection projects this year. The Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education has funded a project to the AISC for collecting better labour market information and that project “as we worked through it, it made sense for some of that funding to flow through to ...

Labour Challenges Persist for N.S. Seafood Processors

An aging workforce, the ability to fill entry-level positions and COVID-19 have seafood processors in Nova Scotia looking for creative ways to recruit employees. “Labour shortages are a growing concern for numerous members of the Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance,” said executive director Leo Muise. “Additional workers are often needed when businesses expand production, existing employees leave, or during a seasonal influx of products. It has been a number of years since a shortage of ...

N.L. Sea Cucumber Fishery Hindered by Water Reduction Dispute

Newfoundland and Labrador harvesters are locking horns with processors over this year’s sea cucumber fishery. The point of contention involves processors’ sampling, handling and grading protocols for the 2021 season, particularly involving the reduction for water contained within the harvested sea cucumbers. The union representing harvesters, FFAW-Unifor, is claiming that harvesters used to deduct 23 per cent of the sea cucumber’s weight across the board to account for the water, ...

Harvesting Plan Announced for 2021 Northern Cod Fishery

With many in the fishing industry hoping to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind them and get back to some sense of normality, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) released the 2021 conservation harvesting plan (CHP) 2J3KL stewardship cod fishery. Fishermen will not see much difference from last year’s plan. In fact, overall, the 2021 fishery is nearly a carbon copy of the 2020 season. While the overall catch limit for the 2021 Northern cod (NAFO Divisions 2J3KL) stewardship fishery ...

Fish Harvester Benefit Applications Open

Second benefit payment applications under the Fish Harvester Benefit Program have opened and are now being accepted until October 1. Fishers can visit the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website for more information about the program and to confirm what they need to provide to support their eligibility, such as information from their 2020 Notice of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency and to apply for their second payment, said Barre Campbell, Media Relations, Fisheries and Oceans Canada ...

Ghost Gear Fund Draws 13 Proposals for Work in Gulf of St. Lawrence

A second call for proposals under the federal government’s Sustainable Fisheries Solutions and Retrieval Support Contribution Fund (Ghost Gear Fund) has attracted a total of 31 applications, including 13 proposals for work in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Eleven of the Gulf of St. Lawrence proposals focus on disposal and recycling of end-of-life fishing gear. “The projects are currently being evaluated, and information on the successful projects will be made available in the coming ...