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New Brunswick Lobster Pot Tree Promotes the Giving Spirit

More than $10,000 has been raised in support of the local food bank through the sponsorship of buoys for the St. Andrews, New Brunswick lobster pot Christmas tree since the tradition was started by local business owners four years ago. “Me and a lady by the name of Alisan Bailey, her husband is a fisherman, we always joked about doing a small lobster pot tree on my deck at the pub for Christmas,” said Kevin Simmonds, who owns the Red Herring Pub in the coastal New Brunswick town. ...

Lobster Trap, Buoy Trees Celebrate the Season in Southwestern Nova Scotia

Above photo: West Pubnico, N.S. Kathy Johnson photo   The start of the LFA 33 and 34 lobster fishery and the Christmas season are being celebrated in southwestern Nova Scotia this year with three community lobster pot Christmas trees and a buoy tree. Started last year, the 24-foot buoy tree, topped with a two-foot radar reflector, stands stately on the Dennis Point wharf in Lower West Pubnico. A project of the West Side Improvement Society, the buoy tree was constructed out ...

N.S. Eco-Friendly Marine Coatings Being Commercialized in 2022

Two environmentally-friendly marine coatings developed in Nova Scotia that have been proven to reduce fuel consumption and lower underwater noise are expected to be on the market next year. A recent study has found XGIT™-Fuel developed by Dartmouth-based Graphite Innovation and Technologies (GIT) can reduce fuel consumption by as much as 20 per cent and an accompanying product, XGIT™-URN, can reduce underwater noise by six or seven decibels. “We’re trying to create a ...

The Evolution of the Fishing Vessel

TMD’s E-FINN Hull is the Next Generation of Energy Efficient Boat Design   The Hull Design Efficiency Challenge — a joint initiative of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Impact Canada — was launched in July 2019 to encourage Atlantic Canadian boatbuilders and designers to come up with innovative fishing boat hull designs less than 15 metres to reduce fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. ACOA also partnered with the National Research Council of Canada’s ...

East Coast Industry Extends the Olive Branch to New Fisheries Minister

Above photo: Lonnie Snow   The Atlantic Canadian fishing industry, at least initially, has rolled out the welcome mat for the newly-minted federal Fisheries Minister. Vancouver Quadra MP Joyce Murray was appointed Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard on Oct. 26. First elected in 2008, she has previously served as Minister of Digital Government and as President of the Treasury Board. “We are looking forward to connecting with the Honorable Joyce ...

Fishery Squabble has Industry Players Seeing Red

Dispute Growing Over Allocation of Unit 1 Redfish It was inevitable that the interest in the growing redfish stock in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and portions of the Cabot Strait would continue to increase. It was also inevitable that competing groups for the potentially lucrative fishery would start drawing proverbial lines in the sand. Over the last few years, many facets of the Atlantic Canadian fishing industry have been quietly whispering and speculating on the growing redfish popula...

Moderate Livelihood Fishery Being Pursued During Established Seasons

An interim understanding between Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and four First Nations in western Nova Scotia has Indigenous fishers pursuing a moderate livelihood this season in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33, 34 and 35. Bear River, Annapolis Valley, Acadia and Glooscap First Nations jointly developed the Kespukwitk Netukulimk Livelihood Fisheries Management Plan for lobster that led to the interim understanding with DFO. Bear River and Annapolis Valley First Nations will designate ...

Lobster Prices: An Early Christmas Gift?

As many folks are now well into cobbling together their Christmas lists, harvesters in this region have only one thing on their collective minds — hitting the water. Yes, Santa does not need to be involved to make this the most exciting time of the year in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33–34 in southwest Nova Scotia. And if early price predictions hold true, and of course, the weather cooperates, lobster fishermen might be on the precipice of a very, very good season. This time last ...

Offshore Redfish Fishery Provides Essential Stability for Canadians

Canadians need stability now more than ever. Stable jobs and strong economic drivers are necessary to the recovery of our small, rural and coastal communities. The Canadian fish and seafood industry is able to promise this essential prosperity to thousands of Canadians just like it has been doing for decades, and it is important that we protect that stability at this critical time. Recently, the Fish, Food and Allied Workers union (FFAW) called on Fisheries and Oceans Canada to suspend ...

Existing Atlantic Sharing Arrangement Not Only Represents Historical Attachment to Unit 1 Redfish, but it Encouraged Big Investments

Above photo: MV Calvert   In order to properly manage any fishery, you must be able to assess how many fish there are and how many fish can be removed sustainably. You must also have the ability to measure the impact of those removals and adjust accordingly. Although the assessment part is certainly challenging, surprisingly the most difficult part of our current fisheries management system is not determining how many fish you can remove, instead it is the decision on who gets ...