A Year Out From Tragedy, Father Hopes to Make a Lasting Difference
On September 17, 2021, the lives of two young Labrador fishermen were suddenly taken.
25-year-old Marc Russell and 30-year-old Joey Jenkins were set to arrive in Mary’s Harbour aboard their 28-foot vessel the Island Lady around 5 p.m. that day, but never arrived. After a 10-day search that covered 9,460 square nautical miles, the RCMP called off the search for Russell and Jenkins.
Just over a year out from this tragedy, Marc Russell’s father, Dwight, is looking back on what he’s ...
Splashes of Safety – Fish Safe NS
On September 16, Fish Safe NS held our third annual Splashes of Safety awards dinner.
Joined by guests from all sectors of Nova Scotia’s seafood industry, marine suppliers and government representatives, we celebrated safety excellence.
Four awards were presented to deserving and hard-working safety champions of the industry, which you can view on the next page. Our Board of Directors, staff and distinguished guests enjoyed an evening of delicious seafood, comedy, music and dancing. We ...
Lobster Season Set to Open in Southwestern Nova Scotia
Above: Woods Harbour fisherman Edsel Graham (left) and his son Nicholas overhaul lobster traps in preparation for the upcoming lobster season in southwestern Nova Scotia, scheduled to open Nov. 28. Kathy Johnson photo
Thousands of harvesters will be aboard more than 1,700 fishing vessels when the lobster season opens in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34 on Nov. 28.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is allowing for up to two days of flexibility in the opening date ...
LFA 25 Lobster Fishery Started Off Poorly, Fiona Only Made Things Worse
The opening of the lobster fishing area (LFA) 25 season between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick kicked off on a bad footing this year.
Due to poor weather conditions, the opening of the season was delayed two days. The original season was supposed to run from August 9 to October 10, with an updated scheduling of August 11 to October 12.
On top of the delayed start to the season, post-tropical storm Fiona threw another wrench into the gears for harvesters this season. Many boats, ...
Facing the Aftermath
Above: Members of the Canadian Armed Forces respond to Newfoundland and Labrador's request for assistance with relief efforts during Operation LENTUS, in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona that took place on September 24, 2022. Photo courtesy of Department of National Defence.
Many Atlantic Canadian Fishing Communities Unsure of What Comes After Fiona
A war zone.
That’s how some residents described the devastation at various coastal locations after post-tropical storm Fiona ...
Industry Slams Red List Designation for Lobster and Snow Crab
When the U.S.-based Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program red listed Canadian lobster and crab as seafood to avoid due to entanglement risks with North American right whales (NARWs) in September, it didn’t take long for Atlantic Canadian industry stakeholders to react.
“We need to stand up and push back on what Seafood Watch represents: activism masquerading as science,” say the Lobster Council of Canada (LCC) and the Lobster Processors Association in an opinion piece.
Monterey Bay Discredits Itself With Red Listing of Lobster
One of the key points about Non-Governmental Organizations’ (NGOs) ratings of fisheries is their variability.
Different organizations have different levels of independent governance, transparency and public accountability.
The recent red (avoid) listing of American and Canadian lobster by Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch is an example of how rating organizations can reflect their own organizational biases.
Seafood Watch is not among the nine seafood rating organizations benchmar...
The Greying of the Fleet
Rodney Dangerfield once said “It’s great to have grey hair. Ask anyone who’s bald.”
And one does not have to visit too many commercial fishing wharves and harbours across Atlantic Canada to see plenty of examples of that grey hair peeking out from under ball caps.
According to the federal government, for the first time in Canada’s history, there are now more individuals over the age of 65 than there are children under the age of 15.
In Atlantic Canada, more than one in three ...
A Call for Cross-Border Collaboration
Canada’s Commitment to North Atlantic Right Whales
Since 2017, many of us in the Canadian lobster industry feel like we’ve been trapped in a South Park episode.
There has been a steady drumbeat eager to blame Canada for the plight of North Atlantic right whales (NARWs). The unfair red-listing by Seafood Watch just adds fuel to the fire.
Right whales were rarely observed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence until recently. Historically, they never ventured much beyond their norther...
Monterey Bay Aquarium Spreading Misinformation About Sustainability of Maine Lobster Fishery
Given the recent recommendations released by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program for American lobster, we write to share important facts about the Maine lobster industry’s long history of sustainability and commitment to protecting the endangered North Atlantic right whale.
We ask that you will respect the science and evidence outlined below as you consider purchasing American lobster.
In Maine, more than 4,500 lobstermen and women, all of whom are, by law, self-employed, ...