On the Waterfront – April 2015
Eastlink sues Newfoundland Fishing Vessel for Subsea Cable Break
Eastlink is suing the owner of a Newfoundland vessel after its subsea fibre-optic cable was snapped last July.
An arrest warrant has been issued after another subsea telecommunication cable was broken last summer off the coast of Atlantic Canada.
In a statement of claim filed last month in federal court, Nova Scotia-headquartered Eastlink accuses the vessel Oceans Joy of damaging its cable, costing the company nearly $1 ...
Abandon Ship: Tips on Surviving in Cold Water
In our previous articles we’ve discussed some of the things you can do if you find yourself in an emergency situation on the water.
Let’s say you’ve done everything right so far: you’ve told someone your voyage plan before you left dock; registered and triggered your Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB); shot off a flare; called in a Mayday giving your location, the number of people on board and the nature of the emergency and put on your safety gear, providing both ...
Attendance Up at Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition
Three new N.S. inductees welcomed into The Atlantic Canadian Marine Industries Hall of Fame
Last month, the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth once again welcomed the Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition.
Held every two years in southwestern Nova Scotia, this is Canada’s longest-running commercial fishing show.
With exhibitors and attendees from throughout Atlantic Canada — as well as across the country and even the Eastern United States — the current strength of the industry was ...
Letter to the Editor
I want to express my displeasure and frustration with the Fish Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) union.
My goal, along with the help of fellow fishers, is to prove that we, the inshore fisher people, are being misrepresented by the FFAW and seek an inquiry into the affairs of this union that represent the inshore fishers here.
In 1987, FFAW disaffiliated from the UFCW and joined the CAW. The fishery has been sliding downhill every since. The last several years I have been at odds with the ...
On the Waterfront – March 2015
MP Calls On Feds to do More For Small Craft Harbours
Member of Parliament for Random-Burin-St. George’s, Judy Foote, says the Conservative government’s decision to reverse its decision on the number of cuts being made to the administration of Small Craft Harbours in Newfoundland and Labrador is welcome news, but it doesn’t go far enough.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced last fall that the number of areas and area managers was being reduced from four to two, along ...
Twine Loft – March 2015
Passed On: Chris Wilton — Fox Island River N.L. Skipper and Fisherman
Wilton, 31, died from injuries sustained last month as a result of an accident while snowmobiling on Fox Island River after he was thrown from his snowmobile when a ski hooked into some rough ice. His history in the fishery goes back more than 20 years when at age 10, he started fishing with skipper Andy Hickey out of Woody Point. At the start he would be picking out female capelin to make money for himself. As soon as he ...
Dressing For Success: Being Prepared for an Emergency
This information is intended for adults who work on the water. The guidelines for recreational activities and safety gear for children are different and we encourage you to contact our colleagues at Transport Canada, who were invaluable to us in preparing this column.
Those who make a living on the water in Atlantic Canada deal with adverse weather conditions regularly.
Strong winds, rough seas and cold temperatures often make up a typical day at work. When dangerous conditions are a ...
Twine Loft – February 2015
Passed On: Mike Maynard — Northern Lights VP and Northeast Branch Manager
Maynard passed away, peacefully at his home on September 20, after a long battle with cancer. He was 62. Maynard had worked for Northern Lights since the 1980s, when he was hired to start up the company’s Northeast branch office. His colleagues say he worked ‘tirelessly’ to build the NL and Lugger brands in the Northeast, as well as working closely with several prestigious East Coast boatbuilders. A veteran of ...