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Hurricane Season 2023: “It Only Takes One Storm to Make It a Bad Year”

Above: Lonnie Snow photo     While the 2023 hurricane season is predicted to be an overall average one, the Canadian Hurricane Centre (CHC) warns that Atlantic Canada only needs one large storm to see a repeat of the catastrophic 2022 Hurricane Fiona. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted there will be a 70 per cent chance that the Atlantic Ocean will see between 14 to 21 named storms, of which six to 11 could become hurricanes. Of those ...

Climate Change: What DFO is Seeing in Atlantic Canada Waters

Above: Lonnie Snow photo     “Waters in Atlantic Canada have seen varying degrees of warming over the past 10 years,” says Kathryn Hallett, Fisheries and Oceans Canada media relations. Hallett said there is an important distinction between sea surface temperatures (SSTs) that are highly influenced by air temperature, and temperatures at depth. “The warming trend observed in air temperature since the 1870s of about 1°C per century is expected to have occurred in ...

Fishing Industry on the Front Lines of Climate Change

Above: Tracey Wallace photo   The temperature is rising in the Atlantic Ocean, both on the sea surface and in deep waters, giving the fishing industry a front row seat to the impact of climate change. “We find it’s impacting virtually every day. That’s an exaggeration, but we’ve seen frequency of storms and severity of storms we’ve never seen before over the past three years in particular,” says Stewart Lamont, managing director of the Tangier Lobster Company Limited...

Fishermen Impacted by Barrington Lake Wildfire Being Helped by Fellow Harvesters

Gearing up for this fall’s LFA 33/34 lobster fishery is going to be a little more challenging for 17 fishermen in Shelburne County who lost thousands of dollars in uninsurable fishing gear during the Barrington Lake wildfire last spring. Called the largest wildfire in Nova Scotia’s history, the wildfire burned out-of-control for two weeks in late May/early June, leaving a path of destruction in its wake, including 60 primary residences, some 150 buildings, vehicles and fishing gear. ...

LFA 25 Could See “Record Year” of Catches, MFU Reports

With the lobster fishing area (LFA) 25 fishery well underway, reports from both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are reporting strong catches so far. The season, which runs from August 11 to October 14, 2023, has had a record-setting start, according to Martin Mallet, the Executive Director of the Maritime Fishermen’s Union (MFU). “Like any fishing season, you have to wait until the end to really make a good analysis of the season, but from what I’m hearing, this has been a ...

The Delicate Balance Between Helping and Harming

In the federal government’s ever-increasing desire to protect the undoubtedly dwindling North Atlantic right whale population in this region, fish harvesters have had to sacrifice large portions of their seasons due to closures and make do with less-than-ideal whale-safe gear. In lobster fishing area (LFA) 25, located between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, harvesters are currently feeling the pressure of what the Maritime Fishermen’s Union (MFU) deems to be arbitrarily large ...

On the Waterfront – October 2023

New Commercial Whelk Fishery Launching in Nova Scotia Diane Lebouthillier, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced that a new whelk fishery will be opened off of eastern Cape Breton in spring 2024. After monitoring the exploratory whelk fishery in NAFO area 4Vs, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) determined that a commercial fishery would now be “commercially and biologically sustainable.” Whelks are edible molluscs that are predominantly ...

The Twine Loft – October 2023

Passed On: Glenn Feltmate — Moncton, N.B. fisheries consultant Feltmate, 66, passed away in Moncton, N.B. on August 2, 2023. He was born in 1957. Feltmate worked primarily in the fishing industry. During his career, he worked for United Maritime Fishermen in Moncton and Dartmouth, the Barry Group in Corner Brook, N.L. and with TriNav Fisheries Consultants in Halifax, N.S., as well as with other seafood companies before starting his own consulting company, Donver Ocean Resources Ltd. &nb...

Harvesters’ Opinions Cannot be Dismissed

Agatha Christie once said “Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that’s no reason not to give it.” Four decades ago, Newfoundland and Labrador inshore fishermen had lots of advice to give concerning what they were witnessing on the water. Harvester after harvester were reporting that not only was the overall size of cod getting smaller, but catches were only a fraction of what they were years before — certainly before the onslaught of foreign and domestic draggers. Fi...

The North Atlantic Fish & Workboat Show Returns to Newfoundland This Fall

This November, the North Atlantic Fish & Workboat Show will make its return to St John’s, Newfoundland at the Mary Brown’s Centre. Pre-registration is now open for the event which is set to take place on November 17 and 18. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the FREE Registration promotion currently taking place to guarantee their entry into the event. Not only will this save visitors money but will also fast track their entrance into the show. Visitors can CLICK HERE to ...