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N.S. Oyster Producer Taking Alternative Approach to Financing

Trevor and Michelle Munroe left their careers behind to farm oysters out of Sober Island, Nova Scotia over a decade ago, during which they’ve weathered COVID-19 and two major hurricanes. Now, despite their setbacks, the Munroe’s are looking to grow their business through community investments through Goparity. Goparity is a community lending platform that seeks to “provide access to alternative financing for companies with a positive impact on the people and the planet.” Emily ...

Minister Announces $3.5 Million in FACTAP Funding

The Government of Canada has announced over $3.5 million in funding for fisheries and aquaculture companies through the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program (FACTAP). FACTAP, which first launched in 2017, was designed to aid small and medium-sized businesses in adopting environmentally friendly technologies into their business model by reducing water consumption, energy use and emissions, plastic use, waste or bycatch of non-targeted species. FACTAP also included ...

Nova Scotia Communities and Businesses Receive Over $10 Million in Hurricane Fiona Relief

In response to Hurricane Fiona, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) recently announced over $10 million in funding through the Hurricane Fiona Recovery Fund (HFRF) to affected Cape Breton communities. The first round of funding, totalling $6,437,005 in non-repayable funding, went to five projects intended to restore infrastructure damaged by the storm, as well as safeguarding these locations against future catastrophic weather. Canadian Maritime Engineering Ltd. received ...

New Brunswick Trail Blazers – Mother/Daughter Fishing Duo Finding Success in Lobster Industry

Above: Maisie McNaughton (right) and her mother, Debbie Thompson, have been fishing together for five years. Thompson has been fishing lobster since McNaughton was seven years old. Supplied photo   Years before Maisie McNaughton ever set foot on a fishing boat, her mother was blazing a trail as one of New Brunswick’s only female lobster boat captains — the two of them now make up a mother/daughter fishing duo. Sailing aboard 13 Blue Lobsters, McNaughton and her mother Debbie ...

Marine Institute Celebrates its 60th by Looking to the Future

Above: Paul Brett, vice president of Memorial University (Marine Institute), has worked in the institution for nearly 30 years. Submitted photo   On January 15, 1964, the predecessor to Newfoundland and Labrador’s Fisheries and Marine Institute opened its doors on Parade Street in St. John’s. The idea for what became the Marine Institute originated in 1963 when N.L. Premier Joey Smallwood announced the creation of the College of Fisheries Navigation, Marine Engineering and ...

Federal Fisheries Minister Announces New Mackerel Bait Fishery

Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, recently announced the opening of a 470-tonne Atlantic mackerel personal-use bait fishery alongside the continued closure of the larger commercial mackerel fishery in 2024. The 470-tonne quota, according to the ministry, has been put in place to allow harvesters to continue to fish for bait without “jeopardizing the ongoing rebuilding of [the Atlantic mackerel] stock.” “For generations, harvesters have ...

Baffin Fisheries’ New Trawler – a Giant Among Fishing Vessels

Above: The Inuksuk II preparing for launch   It’s ironic that the largest fishing vessel in Canada is owned by one of the least-known fish companies in the country. The new Inuksuk II is in the water, but still at the construction shipyard in Turkey getting final interior jobs done and installation of deck gear before delivery this fall to Baffin Fisheries. Incorporated in 2001, Baffin Fisheries is owned by five Inuit Hunters and Trappers Associations in the Nunavut region. ...

A Day in the Life: A Photographer Goes Lobster Fishing

The day starts early. I need to be up by 5 a.m., have some breakfast and fill the Thermos with coffee for the upcoming day on the water. A quick check of the weather tells me that the day should be calm but cool. I will be spending the day with local fisherman Kevin Mitchell. His boat, the Early Day, is docked in Boutiliers Cove in the community of Hacketts Cove, Nova Scotia. Kevin has been fishing in St. Margarets Bay for some time now, and for the most part, he harvests alone, although ...

Three Decades of Serving the Marine Industry – The TriNav Group of Companies Turns 30

Above: TriNav Group of Companies directors (L-R) Trevor Decker, Rick Young and Paul Pinhorn.   Three decades ago, three young Newfoundlanders were nearing the end of their contracts with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and were at a crossroads. Rather than competing with one another, the three joined forces to create a proverbial one-stop-shop for the marine and commercial fishing industries. Now, Trevor Decker, Rick Young and Paul Pinhorn are celebrating the ...

Georges Bank Groundfish Quotas Increased

There’s good news across the board for Georges Bank and 4X5 groundfish harvesters in 2024. For the first time since 1997, the total allowable catch (TAC) for 4X5Y cod has been increased by nine per cent, from 594 metric tonnes (mt) to 660 mt. While it is still bycatch only, the modest increase allows for more flexibility in fishing of other groundfish species while keeping cod removals to a low level, said Lauren Sankey, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Communications. In 1997, ...