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Sharp Designs from Sharpie’s Signs

Jason Sharpe of Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador, has made a career of painting fishing boats over the last 30 years, having worked on around 2,000 different vessels. Sharpe took to painting from a young age. As a young boy, he always excelled in art class. According to Sharpe, he was able to draw just as well or better than his art teacher at the time. “We used to have education week. All the students would draw pictures, and whoever had the best picture would win a silver ...

DFO Releases New Data on Ghost Gear Program

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) gave an overview of the department’s Ghost Gear Program to the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association and provided an update on the program’s progress. Beth Ann Hawco, Regional Ghost Gear Coordinator with Fisheries and Oceans Canada N.L. Region, highlighted the program’s achievements up to the end of 2023. Given that projects are still ongoing, Hawco said the updated numbers are usually released a few months behind. DFO tracks their ...

Ashored Innovations Addresses Ropeless Issues and Plans for the Future

Stephen Jones of Ashored Innovations, a Bedford, Nova Scotia-based ropeless fishing gear company, addressed some of the concerns fishers have with rope on-command gear and discussed the company’s future plans. Jones serves as Ashored Innovation’s Chief Business Development Officer. The company, which was founded in 2018, specializes in creating ropeless fishing gear. Ashored’s traps, known as Modular Ocean Based Instruments (MOBIs), sit on the bottom of the ocean and lack a ...

Largest Inshore Vessel Built in N.L. Launches from Harbour Grace

After almost three years of labour, Matthew Petten is celebrating the launch of his new 90-foot fishing vessel, Petten’s Legacy. Talks surrounding what would become Petten’s Legacy began in 2016 when Dwight and Matthew Petten approached TriNav Marine Design (TMD) about building a new boat to replace their current vessel, the Joyful Sound. “We started that process in 2016, and then there was a bit of a downturn in crab and shrimp, and they put the project on hold,” said TriNav ...

Adjustment Needed in Canadian Lobster Industry in Light of New U.S. Regulations

The minimum size of lobster caught and sold in the United States is about to make two significant jumps in the next four years and the Canadian lobster industry is still figuring out the impact it will have. As of January 1, 2025, the minimum carapace size of lobsters sold in the U.S. will increase from 82 millimetres to 84 millimetres. By 2027, this number will again increase to 86 millimetres. Lobsters below these set sizes caught in the U.S. must be thrown back, and lobster being exported ...

DFO Reopens Commercial Redfish Fishery After 30 Years, Extends AFF

After a nearly 30-year moratorium on Unit 1 redfish in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Diane Lebouthillier, recently announced the return of the fishery in 2024. “Our government understands the historic importance of the redfish fishery and the economic impact the moratorium had on coastal communities across Atlantic Canada and Québec,” said Lebouthillier. “Based on the latest science, the redfish stock in Unit 1 is healthy ...

FCWC Makes Strong Return in 2024, Reporting Over 7,000 Attendees

The 2024 edition of Fish Canada Workboat Canada, presented by The Navigator Magazine and Master Promotions, was a resounding success, seeing over 7,000 in attendance throughout the two-day event. Visitors from all over Atlantic Canada and beyond flocked to the Moncton Coliseum Complex on January 19 and 20 to see exhibitors who showcased the latest technologies and services available to the commercial fisheries, fish processing, aquaculture and other marine sectors. “We had truly an ...

FCWC Showcased the Innovative Spirit of Canada’s Marine Industries

Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs once said, “Innovation is an opportunity to see change as an opportunity — not a threat.” Canada’s marine industries are embracing the opportunities that come with technological innovations, as can be seen in events like Fish Canada Workboat Canada (FCWC) in Moncton, New Brunswick. As Canada’s largest marine trade show, FCWC provides the industry’s best and brightest innovators the opportunity to showcase the future of the fishing ...

On the Waterfront – March 2024

FCC President Elected to Chair ICFA The president of the Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC), Paul Lansbergen, has been elected to Chair the Board of Directors for the International Coalition of Fisheries Associations (ICFA). ICFA represents fish and seafood industry associations spanning 25 different countries, accounting for 85 per cent of fish landings worldwide. As the president of the FCC, Lansbergen previously sat on the board of ICFA as its Vice Chair before he was elected Chair. ...

Mark Small: A Passionate Champion of Canada’s Sealers

By Jim Winter The Canadian Sealers Association (CSA) has lost one of its major figures and a courageous champion with the death of past president Mark Small, on January 18. He was 83 years old. To show respect for Mark’s contributions to the CSA, to our home province and to sealing communities across Canada, Jim Winter, founding CSA president, Eldred Woodford, current president, and Albert Newhook, an earlier president, were present for the celebration of Mark’s life, in Baie Verte, ...