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Strong Industry Turnout at 7th Edition of North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show

The 7th biennial edition of the North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show took place on November 19 and 20 at the Mary Brown’s Centre (formerly the Mile One Centre) in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. This year’s event welcomed 3,251 industry buyers from across Newfoundland and Labrador. The Mary Brown’s Centre was filled with local and international exhibitors showing the latest technologies and services available to the commercial fisheries, fish processing, aquaculture and other ...

This Lobster Season, Just Wear a PFD

Above: Capt. Andrew Titus of Mersey Seafoods sporting his personal floatation device dockside, October 2021. Contributed photo   The preparation is over and Nova Scotia’s two largest lobster fishing areas’ (LFAs 33/34) captains and crews are now catching the prized crustaceans. For months, fishermen have been fixing gear, getting life rafts inspected, doing oil changes, arranging for bait and so much more to what some say is an endless list of things to do before the traps ...

Northern Labrador: The Forgotten People

A few generations ago, as the population of Newfoundland grew, there wasn’t enough fish to sustain us all, so we started building schooners, not only to fish the Grand Banks, but to migrate further north. We moved north to a thousand miles of coastline with sparsely populated communities on the Labrador Coast for the rich catches of cod and salmon. Many built fishing rooms called stations where they would return with their families every year, shipping their fish back to the Island each ...

Fish Audit Confirms Fish Negligence

A new fish audit released by Oceana Canada confirms, yet again, that the Newfoundland and Labrador fishery is being basically abandoned by the federal government. The current audit exposes that Canada is failing the wild fisheries from coast to coast — with just one third considered to be healthy. The findings include the fact that nearly one in five stocks are critically depleted, including the Northern cod. Nearly 80 per cent of stocks lack a rebuilding plan and the health of a third of ...

Weak Rope Policy Puts Harvester Lives and Livelihoods at Risk

When a bureaucrat in Ottawa formulates a policy about fishing gear in Newfoundland and Labrador without first consulting with fish harvesters in the province, that policy is established in ignorance. That is exactly what is happening with the Department of Fisheries and Ocean’s (DFO) new “weak rope” policy that it plans to implement in 2023. The weak rope policy is the result of the possible impact that the death of a right whale, due to entanglement in fishing gear, could have on ...

The Twine Loft – January 2022

Passed On: Rick Purdy – Rockville, N.S. fisherman Purdy, 61, passed away on November 17. Born on February 27, 1960 in Rockville, he was the son of the late Frank and Doris (Earle) Purdy. He worked on the ocean, fishing for lobster and dug for clams in the summer.   Passed On: Christopher Munroe – Port Medway, N.S. fisherman Munroe, 61, passed away suddenly on November 17 at the South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater. Born in Liverpool, he was a son of the late Harold and ...

Public Opinion Versus Public Policy

While some of you readers sitting at home might look back at 2021 as a smouldering carry over of the dumpster fire of a year that was 2020, the same can’t be said about the fishery on the east coast. In fact, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many fishermen are reporting that they just had one of their most successful seasons ever. Record or near-record prices for key species such as snow crab and lobster had a lot to do with that, not to mention steady and consistent catch rates. ...

Maritime Marine Supply Hosts Only 2021 Dealer Buying Show in Canada

Maritime Marine Supply made sure all of its product lines were covered at its first annual dealer buying show on Oct. 15, 2021 at the Halifax Convention Centre. The show attracted suppliers from as far as the Czech Republic, the U.S. and dealers from throughout Atlantic Canada, Ontario and Quebec, said Lee Toole vice-president of sales for Maritime Marine Supply. “Our entire product lines were covered,” he said, with 73 displays and 220 product lines represented at the show. “E...