Wedgeport Tuna Tournament Reels in 200 Fish
Above photo: There were lots of tuna landed during the final weigh-in of the 18th annual Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival on Aug. 27. Kathy Johnson photo
A total of 200 tuna, including 11 bluefins, weighing a total of 19,053 pounds, were caught during the 18th annual Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival from Aug. 20–27.
Sixteen fishing boats carrying 125 people participated in this year’s tournament, leaving for the fishing grounds on Aug. 23. Pending the ...
24th Annual Yarmouth Shark Scramble Held
Above photo: The Rogie 1 steams away from Rudder’s wharf, past other Yarmouth Shark Scramble participants, after unloading during the weigh-in on Aug. 20. Kathy Johnson photos
A total of 12 boats carrying 101 participants took part in the 24th annual Yarmouth Shark Scramble from Aug. 17 to 20, landing a total of 35 blue sharks with a combined weight of 8,769 pounds.
The three largest blue sharks landed during this year’s scramble were caught by the crew aboard the ...
N.S. Aquaculture Regulations Under Review
The Nova Scotia Aquaculture Regulatory Advisory Committee is expected to make recommendations to Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Steve Craig before the end of the year following a review and consultation process of the province’s aquaculture regulations.
The review was a recommendation of the original Doelle/Lahey independent report, A New Regulatory Framework for Low-Impact/High-Value Aquaculture in Nova Scotia (2014), and is part of the Terms of Reference for the Nova Scotia Aquacul...
Gear Lending Program Aims to Help Fishermen with New Requirements
The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) has launched the CanFish gear lending program, providing low breaking strength rope and ropeless buoys for fishermen to try in advance of new Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) requirements for non-tended fixed gear fisheries in Atlantic Canada and Québec in 2023.
“We can give them a tool,” says Sean Brillant, CWF Senior Conservation Biologist, Marine Programs.
Brillant said the gear lending program is designed so that fishermen can borrow ...
Safety Deficiencies Found During Small Fishing Vessel Inspections by Transport Canada
While safety on the water is paramount to all commercial fishers, Transport Canada is reporting that it continues to find deficiencies when conducting recent inspections of small fishing vessels in the Atlantic region.
“Safety is a shared responsibility and it is important that all segments of the fishing industry continue their contribution to the implementation of the safety culture,” said Sau Sau Liu, Senior Communications Advisor for Transport Canada.
Lui said the most common ...
Why Has the Shellfish Market Fallen So Hard?
U.S. shellfish, including snow crab, lobster tail, king crab and crabmeat, have all experienced some of their most rapid, and in some cases steepest, market declines in the past eight months.
But shrimp, by far the largest volume shellfish item, has not seen a significant price decline. Urner Barry’s (UB) value-added shrimp index has barely moved, even while the volume of U.S. shrimp imports continue to set records.
What factors made shellfish so vulnerable to a rapid correction, but ...
On the Waterfront – October 2022
Capt Jacques Cartier Joins CCG Fleet
In late August, the Canadian Coast Guard ship Capt Jacques Cartier was welcomed into service.
A dockside ceremony was held at the vessel’s homeport in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia on August 29, where Parliamentary Secretary Darren Fisher and Halifax West Member of Parliament Lena Metlege Diab were joined by Andy Smith, Deputy Commissioner of Shipbuilding and Merial of the Canadian Coast Guard, and Gary Ivany, Assistant Commissioner of the Canadian Coast ...
The Twine Loft – October 2022
Passed On: Reginald Anstey – Mount Pearl, N.L. labour leader
Anstey, 76, passed away on August 7. Born on October 23, 1945, he will be remembered for being a strong leader in the labour movement and a passionate champion of the fishery and for playing such an important role in the province’s social and economic development. He was most recently appointed to one of the three provincially-appointed seats on the Canada-Newfoundland Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB). He had been named ...