Alain Meuse

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While Trump Cuts Funding to Science, Ottawa Adds Positions in Atlantic Canada

I have to note the difference between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when it comes to science. President Trump will cut major programs such as the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA — the agency which is predicting an eight-foot plus rise in ocean levels by 2017), while at the same time our federal government has announced $325-million to be shared among the four Atlantic Provinces for fisheries growth. Included in the package, an informant ...

EPIRBs Should be Essential Equipment Aboard Fishing Vessels

Time is of the essence when a person goes overboard and a vessel or fisherman carrying an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), which has been registered with the rescue coordination centre in Halifax, could mean the difference between life and death. This was clearly shown on Nov. 30, 2015, 23 nautical miles from Clark’s Harbour, Nova Scotia. On that date, a crewman aboard the Cock-a-Wit Lady fell overboard. This was dumping day for the LFA 34 lobster fishery, with ...

Safe Work Practices a Must, According to Transportation Safety Board

A lot of ship-board accidents, including people falling overboard, could be prevented if safe work practices were in force. According to the Transportation Safety Board (TSB), regulations place the responsibility on the authorized representative to develop procedures for the safe operation of the vessel. “The resulting safe work practices help ensure that masters and crew members have the knowledge, as well as the necessary information to make sound decisions in any operating conditio...

Are Coastal Communities in Peril?

Atlantic Ocean Predicted to Rise Substantially in 20- 50 Years While President Trump contemplates a mega billion-dollar wall between the U.S.-Mexican border, recent news from the scientific community strongly indicates the wall should be constructed along the coastline of the United States to protect such entities as New York City, Miami and San Francisco. The accepted theory by most of the world’s leading marine scientists is that the world oceans would rise by one to two feet in the ...

Nova Scotia Launches China Lobster Export Pilot Project

CETA Deal Approved by EU Parliament Bad weather, soft shells and low yields from LFA 34 landings, along with high prices, forced most processing plants in Nova Scotia to shut down by January 12 — with the exception of Riverside Lobsters International located in Meteghan River. Adding to mix was the fact the Chinese market for lobsters was down 30 per cent from last year due to high prices. In New England, most fishermen pulled up their gear in January which led to a lack of product. ...

N.S. Pilot Project Could Aid Processing Worker Shortages

A pilot project between Ottawa and Nova Scotia could be a solution to the growing problem of a diminishing work force in the fishing industry. Fish plants and harvesters are finding it hard to find workers as the outflow of young people from the area to Ontario or the Prairie provinces continues and the former Harper government had severely curtailed the ability of the industry to bring in migrant workers to fill these positions. The problem is so acute that some processing plants could ...

No Definite Answer to Fish Kill Question

No Definite Answer to Fish Kill Question Society expects science — medical and physical — to solve all problems and when it doesn’t, questions abound on what use science is if it cannot attend to all pressing needs. Fish kills aren’t unknown is in this vast country — a lot of them in fresh water systems, caused by runoffs of this or that chemical from industrial sources. On the briny side of the coin, it isn’t uncommon each summer to see dead whales or dolphins wash up on our ...

The Bluenose and the Cape Islander: Two Different Fishing Vessels, Two Different Stories

Nova Scotia will have the honour of having two of its fishing vessels featured on Canadian currency when the Cape Islander will be part of a commemorative Loonie celebrating this country’s 150th anniversary. The first one was the Bluenose, which first graced the Canadian dime in 1937. Two different boats, two different tales. The Bluenose was built in Lunenburg, N.S., to fish and race against its counterparts in Gloucester, Mass., in the 1920s. The schooner design had actually ...

LFA 33-34 Lobster Prices All Over the Map

The talk on the wharves prior to the opening of the lobster fishery in LFA 33-34 on Nov. 28 was that things would be different this year regarding price. Last year’s benign weather conditions allowed some harvesters to operate every day for the first 28 of the season. Everything was sold at a decent price, including lower grade stuff, from opening day with prices topping off in some niches at $15/pound in February. How things have changed. With February on the cusp, most harvesters ...

Owner-Operator Policy Legal Challenge Withdrawn

A legal challenge to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans owner-operator policy could have set a legal precedent that would threaten the future of the independent inshore fishery, some in the industry believed. The owner-operator policy was enacted to ensure that ownership of inshore fishing vessels remained in the hands of inshore fishermen, not corporate entities. The case, which was scheduled to be heard Feb. 28, involved Kirby Elson, a Labrador snow crab fisherman and the federal ...