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Recreational Boating Safety Basics

According to the Drowning Prevention Research Centre, there are around 100 recreational boating-related deaths in Canada every year. To combat these accidents — most of which are preventable — Transport Canada (TC) has doubled down on its resolve to make boaters aware of the dangers of recreational boating, and how to avoid them. This mission, according to TC, has become more pressing in recent years, as recreational boating has surged in popularity since 2020. According to TC, in 80 ...

Halifax Greenlights Electric Ferry Service to Meet Demand of Growth, Climate

To aid in transit into and out of downtown Halifax, the governments of Canada, Nova Scotia and the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) have resolved to build the Mill Cove Ferry Service between Halifax and Bedford, Nova Scotia. The project, which has received $258 million in funding, will include five high-speed electric ferries, a ferry terminal and a maintenance facility. According to Mervin David, Manager of Ferry Operations, the Mill Cove Ferry project was initiated to meet the ...

Superior Glove Expands Springdale Operations

Superior Glove’s facility in Springdale, Newfoundland and Labrador has undergone a major upgrade. Superior Glove, a manufacturer of work gloves and other personal protective equipment, has operated out of N.L. since 1988 when the company set up shop in Port Leamington. In 2016, the company opened a new plant a couple hours down the road in Springdale. Originally, the Springdale operation consisted of two buildings, nicknamed Springdale one and two. “They kind of took what they could ...

Despite Setbacks, Local Bait Producer Moving Forward

Above: Mark Prevost, left, and Wally MacPhee, co-owners of Bait Masters Inc. Photo Supplied by Mark Prevost   Prince Edward Island-based Bait Masters Inc. has found other avenues of business since its most popular alternative bait hit an insurmountable regulatory hurdle, but the life of a bait producer still comes with some struggles. Mark Prevost and Wally MacPhee started Bait Masters in 2017 to provide alternative bait products to the Atlantic Canadian crustacean fishery with ...

Highlighting the Ingenuity of the Past: Wooden Boat Museum Project to Recreate Innovative Motorboat and Hoisting System

Nearly a century ago, a group of innovative and resourceful Winterton, Trinity Bay fishermen lived and fished seasonally on Newfoundland and Labrador’s rugged Baccalieu Island. However, the details of how they maintained this incredible venture from the 1920s to the 1940s, their community motivation and the ever-present dangers involved were nearly lost to the sands of time. Not surprisingly, only a few descendants remain who can recall the stories. Luckily for us, researching and ...

2024 Hurricane Season Will be “Active,” says Expert

Above: Tracey Wallace photo   Warmer waters in the tropical Atlantic could spell a busy 2024 hurricane season, according to Environment Canada warning preparedness meteorologist Bob Robichaud. “That is going to be a major contributor to this year’s hurricane season, and we know that from last year it was the warm water that ended up being the dominant factor,” said Robichaud. “If we look in the Pacific, you can see that the water temperatures are actually colder. ...

N.L. Establishes HELP Program for Vessel and Licensing Loans

Above: David Greening photo   The government of Newfoundland and Labrador recently announced a $15-million investment by the Innovation and Business Investment Corporation (IBIC) to enhance the province’s Fisheries Loan Guarantee Program, overhauling it into the Harvester Enterprise Loan Program. The retooled program was announced by Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture Minister Elvis Loveless alongside the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) President Greg Pretty inside ...

MPA Consultations Nearing an End

By the end of the year, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) plans to have a Marine Conservation Network Plan for the Scotian Shelf-Bay of Fundy Bioregion finalized. “When the plan is finalized, nothing changes on the water. It’s still just a plan,” said ocean biologist Marty King in a presentation to Argyle Municipal Council on April 9. King works at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography with the marine planning and conservation group. His main duty is to lead a process to develop a ...

FFAW Will Have a New Captain at the Helm

By July 25, 2024, members of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) will elect a new president. Current president Greg Pretty, who has served in the position since 2023, announced his retirement after 40 years with the union. “I’m retiring. My last day will be November 19 of this year,” said Pretty. “This union is extremely significant to our members and to rural Newfoundland and to the future of this fishery, so it’s an important position. We will be looking at it very ...

SWNS Lobster Landings Up as Season Winds Down

Above: Lobster fishing boats wait their turn to offload the day’s catch at the Lower East Pubnico wharf. Kathy Johnson photo   There were lots of lobsters coming ashore in southwestern Nova Scotia during May, the last month of the six-month commercial lobster fishery in LFA 33 and 34. “The catches have come up. The price was a record for a bit but prices have come down quite a bit. I think that’s to be expected. Just about all the districts are open, Eastern Shore, Gaspé, ...