month : 10/2023 20 results

No Major Damage From Lee in Southwest Nova Scotia

Above: Extra lines help keep boats at the Falls Point wharf in Woods Harbour safely tied up during post-tropical storm Lee. Kathy Johnson photo   Aside from some coastal erosion and downed trees, post-tropical storm Lee’s bite wasn’t as bad as its bark when it blew through southwestern Nova Scotia on Sept. 16. Lee made landfall on Long Island, Digby County late afternoon, also touching down in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Peak wind gusts of 80 to 110 kilometres per ...

All Systems Go for 2023/24 LFA 33/34 Lobster Fishery

The traps and gear are being overhauled, soon to be piled on commercial fishing wharves and loaded aboard fishing boats from Eastern Passage through to Digby County, ready for the shotgun start of the lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33/34 fishery. Weather permitting, the season is scheduled to open on Nov. 27 in both lucrative lobster fishing areas. “Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) policy allows for up to two days of flexibility for LFAs 33 and 34 to open early if poor weather could ...

The Future of Fishing Vessel Hulls – TriNav Marine Design’s First E-FINN Hits the Water and Steams for Nova Scotia

Three years after TriNav Marine Design won the Hull Design Efficiency Challenge from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Impact Canada, its first E-FINN vessel recently launched from Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises, Newfoundland and Labrador. After some delays in the building of the initial vessel, TriNav Marine Design’s Director, Rick Young, said he is pleased to finally see his company’s design steam to its home port. “We’re certainly really happy to get one out ...

Sinkings Claim Six Lives off N.L. and Québec

Six fish harvesters have died in the sinking of two vessels off Fleur de Lys, Newfoundland and Labrador and La Tabatière, Québec in the month of September. On Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at 3:30 p.m., the RCMP received a report of a sunken 23-foot cod fishing vessel about one mile from the harbour in Fleur de Lys, N.L. by the Canadian Coast Guard. Local fishermen recovered one individual from the shoreline and two deceased crew members, 58-year-old Brian Walsh and 56-year-old Leonard ...

Wonders of the Deep Ocean are Worth Saving

This letter is in response to an article in the August 2023, Navigator Magazine by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) entitled Labrador Discovery, Scientists Find Something Unexpected in the Labrador Sea. A recent discovery has shown why DFO scientists have discovered a hotspot of corals and sponges near Makkovik, Labrador. The research for this coral and sponge hotspot started two years ago when Joey Angnatok, a Nunatsiavut fish harvester, thought he had discovered a seamount while ...

Electronic Tracking Systems Versus Ropeless Gear

Earlier this year, I appeared before the House Committee on Fisheries and Oceans personally in Ottawa and made a presentation on the negative impacts that ropeless fishing gear and reduced breaking strength buoy lines would have on our industry and resource. I covered all aspects as I’ve been in this industry 51 years and have been on many committees and chaired several meaningful organizations during my career. The North Atlantic right whale, like other whales, are breathing animals ...

From Bad, to Worse to Hopefully Better

People often say, that when it rains, it pours. While there has been a dark cloud over the Nova Scotia lobster fishery for some months now, the sun must shine eventually. As far back as the start of the 2021/22 season, lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34 were facing challenges from weather to a large uptick in the price of bait. High winds ended up delaying the season opening for two days and while prices in the $11 per pound range seemed like a fair trade-off for the delay, higher ...

On the Waterfront – November 2023

North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show Back in St. John’s This Fall The North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show, presented by The Navigator Magazine and Master Promotions, is back in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador from November 17 to 18. “This event is always a keystone for Newfoundland’s fishing industry,” said Show Manager, Shawn Murphy. “It’s amazing to see how far the industry progresses every two years, so we can’t wait to put some new products and developments in ...

The Twine Loft – November 2023

Passed On: Ernest Selig — Bridgewater, N.S. fish harvester Selig, 86, passed away in Liverpool, N.S. on September 7, 2023. He was born in Port Medway, N.S. Selig was a fish harvester for all of his life.   Passed On: William Worden — Saint John, N.B. boatbuilder Worden, 88, passed away in Saint John on September 8, 2023. He was born in Saint John on November 24, 1934. Worden worked at the Saint John Dry Dock as a crane operator for 29 years.   Passed On: Charles Killam ...

Seafood Sanction Duplicity and Double-Dealing

There have been many dates of infamy that will always be remembered throughout the vast and sorted annals of history. Right now, whether February 24, 2022, will be included on the infamous and dubious list of “I remember what I was doing on that day,” has yet to be determined. We are of course referring to the winter day when Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his armed forces to invade neighbouring Ukraine — leading to the largest attack on a European country since the Second ...