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AG Releases Scathing Report on N.L.’s Newest Ferries
Above photo: MV Legionnaire. David Greening Photo
In their first few years of service, the newest additions to Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial ferry fleet quickly went from being dream boats to duds.
The MV Veteran and MV Legionnaire have been the punchline to more than one joke since they came into service more than five years ago. But more than that, they have been a constant source of frustration for the citizens that depend upon them each day. For example, ...
Fisheries Safety Association Rebranded Fish Safe N.S.
Above photo: Fish Safe N.S. has a new mobile training unit to use when visiting wharves around the province to promote safety on the water. Contributed
The Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia has a new name and a new mobile training unit that has been put to good use this fall as commercial lobster fisheries in southwestern Nova Scotia gear up for the season.
The conversation to change the association’s name to Fish Safe N.S. started over a year ago, said Matthew ...
Grieg Outlines Ongoing Development of N.L. Operations
Plans are on track for the first three million smolt from the Grieg Seafood N.L. salmon hatchery and nursery in the Marystown Industrial Park to be transferred to marine grow-out sites in Placentia Bay next spring.
One of the world’s largest indoor hatchery and nursery facilities, Grieg’s operation incorporates recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) technology designed by AquaMaof, Israel.
“Their design is a total recirculation of water to retain as much water as we possible ...
Optimistic Outlook for LFA 33/34 Lobster Season
Above photo: LFA 34 fishermen offload gear in advance of the 2021/22 lobster fishery. Kathy Johnson photo
Weather permitting, thousands of lobster fishermen in southwestern Nova Scotia will be heading to sea on November 29, marking the start of the six-month lobster fishery in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34.
“I think fishermen are optimistic. The market appears to be strong even with COVID-19,” said Tommy Amirault, president of the Coldwater Lobster Association....
Tragedy Strikes Mary’s Harbour, Labrador
Two Fishermen Not Heard From Since September 17
The small, tight-knit Southern Labrador community of Mary’s Harbour is still reeling since two of its young commercial fishermen went missing on September 17.
The fishermen, Marc Russell and Joey Jenkins, were due to arrive in their 28-foot vessel, the Island Lady, at Mary’s Harbour around 5 p.m. on Friday the 17th. However, when they did not show, local fishing crews began the search that evening. The Joint Rescue Coordination ...
Destabilized Supply Chain Here to Stay
The seafood industry has one of the most complex supply chains of all food commodities.
Despite the disruption caused by the global pandemic, much of our industry has thrived due to the simultaneous surge in demand for our products. The higher demand has provided the money to cover the costs of extreme disruption, whether that is freight rates and driver shortages, temporary plant closures, or lack of plant workers.
This demand surge has buffered us from the risks in our higher-cost ...
Class B Lobster Licence Holders Face Injustices and Unfair Treatment
Not many people can withstand the grueling conditions of lobster fishing.
Even less can imagine continuing to lobster fish well into the age of 80. However, this is the reality for a group of aging fishermen across the Maritimes, many of whom have deteriorating health and continue to work against the risks. Their wish is to sell or transfer their licence and retire. However, a 50-year-old Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) policy prevents them from doing so.
These fishermen are the holders ...
Fisheries Policy Facing a Period of Political Purgatory
The dust has now settled and after five weeks of verbal barbs and $600 million later, the electorate has spoken and honestly, not much has changed.
After a hard fought and noticeably nasty federal election, the political landscape looks pretty much the same as it did in August.
However, ousted Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan might not agree with the previous statement. The now former Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret’s was soundly defeated by Conservative Rick ...
PFHCB Rules Need to Change
I am sharing a photo (below) with you loyal Navigator readers of some of the squid that ran ashore on the beach near my fishing stage and fish store at Main Tickle, Twillingate recently.
This is not an uncommon occurrence this time of the year, but the only difference now is that years ago when we were fishing, the squid would always be picked up for bait.
In many fishing communities now, there are just one or two fishers left, their enterprises being sold out to “Big Fishing Skippers...