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Lunenburg Shipyard Comes Under New Ownership

The historic Lunenburg Shipyard has come under new ownership and work is underway to bring it back to full working order. The buying process, according to new owner Brad Boutilier, was a drawn-out process that was recently completed in July of 2023. Since then, a 1,200-tonne travel lift has been brought in to facilitate its operations, as well as repairs to the yard’s 1,600-tonne rail network. “We tried to buy it a couple of times and just couldn’t get anything together with the ...

PhD Candidate Seeks to Increase Understanding of Lobster Migration

Emily Blacklock has used a combination of satellite tracking and ocean bathymetry to pinpoint exactly where lobsters are migrating in the Bay of Fundy. Blacklock, a PhD candidate at the University of New Brunswick, is tracking the migration patterns of American lobster in the Bay of Fundy. Tag and capture methods are routinely used to track the migration of lobsters, but Blacklock said that this system doesn’t paint a complete picture of where lobsters move throughout the year. “In ...

Local Photographer Profiling the Faces of the Fishery

After 40 years in Alberta’s oil and gas industry, Ian Proctor has taken up photographing the faces of the lobster industry in his new home of Nova Scotia. Proctor’s journey began in 1975 after he graduated high school in Montreal. Like many at that age, he had a desire to get out and see the world. His dad, a McGill graduate, allowed him to travel across Canada on the condition that once he had gotten the travel bug out of his system, he would return to Montreal to follow in his educat...

Sealing Advocates Want Less Talk, More Action on International Trade

Above: Photo Credit: Canadian Seal Products   While the Canadian federal government has recently shown support for Canada’s sealing industry, stakeholders say that many legislative roadblocks still stand in the way of bringing Canadian seal products into the mainstream. Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, has recently shown some support for Canada’s sealing industry. As of January 9, for example, provinces across the Maritimes are ...

Fisheries Protective Co-operative Formed to Give Harvesters “Control of Their Fishing Destiny”

Above: David Greening photo   As an ode to the past and a hope for the future, Ryan Cleary and Merv Wiseman have formed the Fisheries Protective Co-operative (FPC) in an attempt to give more power and independence to inshore fish harvesters in Newfoundland and Labrador. The FPC gets its name from the Fisheries Protective Union (FPU), founded in 1908 by William Coaker as a means to attain a redistribution of wealth within the island’s fishing industry. At its height, the FPU ...

Riverside Lobster Permanently Closed

A temporary shutdown has turned into a permanent closure for Riverside Lobster International (RLI) in Meteghan, Digby County. Parent company Champlain Seafood announced on Feb. 13 that Riverside Lobster would not be reopening and will be permanently closed. This shutdown of operations will impact the main lobster processing plant as well as the live lobster holding and export operations. In October 2023, the company announced that Riverside would not process lobster for the fall lobster ...

Offshore Fleet Ready and Able to Take on Redfish Fishery, Says AGC

Despite a drop in its member’s historical shares in the recently reopened redfish fishery, the Atlantic Groundfish Council (AGC) said it has the capacity and market access to make the most of this reemerging resource. The AGC is made up of a number of offshore harvesting companies, which were recently allotted 58.69 per cent of the yet-undecided total allowable catch (TAC) for the upcoming unit 1 redfish fishery. This number, according to AGC President Sylvie Lapointe, is around 20 per ...

Emerging Commercial Redfish Fishery a Chance for N.S. Industry to do “Some Really Good Things”

The revival of a commercial fishery, because the stocks have come back, is not something that often happens in Atlantic Canada. In January, federal fisheries Minister Diane Lebouthillier announced the Unit 1 commercial redfish fishery, which has been closed since 1995, will be reopened in two phases, starting this year. “It’s a time in history with the opening of this fishery for people to come together and work collectively in a very positive way, to go forward in a very positive ...

DFO Minister Doubles Down on Redfish Allocations

Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, recently held a virtual press conference in an attempt to clear up some information surrounding the upcoming Unit 1 redfish fishery. The announcement of the fishery’s opening came on the heels of a decline in the Gulf shrimp fishery, which the minister hoped to remedy by allocating 10 per cent of the total allowable catch (TAC) for the new fishery to shrimp harvesters and Indigenous harvesters. The yet-to-be...

Lacklustre Lobster Season Continues in Southwestern N.S.

Above: Below: The Hit n Miss 1 steams into the Falls Point wharf in Woods Harbour, N.S. during the winter lobster fishery. Kathy Johnson photos   With winter weather finally settling in, the lobster fishery in Southwestern Nova Scotia slowed to a snail’s pace in February. The winter fishery has “been pretty normal considering the way the season started,” said Tommy Amirault president of the Coldwater Lobster Association. “It started down and never really got up, but the ...