Kathy Johnson

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Labour Shortage Continues to Hamper Nova Scotia Boatbuilding Industry

While the Nova Scotia boatbuilding industry seems to be riding out the COVID-19 wave, finding skilled labour continues to be a major issue. In general, the demand seems to be still healthy for fishing boats, said Jan Fullerton, executive director of the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association (NSBA). “The biggest issue is the same as before the pandemic, the shortage of skilled labour.” Fullerton said answers are varied from boatyards in the province on whether or not COVID-19 has ...

P.E.I. Spring Lobster Season Better Than Expected

The 2020 spring lobster season on Prince Edward Island could have been better, but it certainly could have been worse. “The spring season in a nutshell, I think it went better than most people expected,” said Jerry Gavin, executive director of the Prince Edward Island Seafood Processors Association. “When we started the season, labour was down 30 per cent, all plants had to have a COVID-19 response plan and protocols in place. There were concerns about the safety of the workers and ...

Ghost Gear Fund Supporting 11 Projects in Atlantic Canada

From manufacturing plastic lumber out of discarded fishing rope and nets, to retrieving lost gear from the fishing grounds, 11 projects are currently underway in Atlantic Canada to combat ocean pollution. Two Nova Scotia businesses have received grants as part of the second phase of the domestic plastics challenges under the Innovative Solutions Canada program. Ashored Innovations Inc. will receive $702,000 to design and build a low-cost, commercially viable and acoustically activated ...

The Green Crab Battle Continues

Research Underway for Use in Making Biodegradable Plastic From Shells   While the European green crab continues to top the invasive species most unwanted list, it could turn out to be useful on several fronts. Research is underway into the development of biodegradable plastic from the shell waste of crustaceans, including the invasive European green crab. Parks Canada has partnered with Dr. Audrey Moores, a McGill University chemistry professor, on the project. The partnership ...

2020 Yarmouth Shark Scramble, Wedgeport Tuna Tournament Cancelled

Above photo: Employees at Brown’s Taxidermy in Florida pose with the life-size fibreglass replica of the Canadian record-setting, shortfin mako shark caught during the 2004 Yarmouth Shark Scramble. Contributed photo. Two signature southwestern Nova Scotia fishing events have been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Yarmouth Shark Scramble and the Wedgeport Tuna Festival and Tournament are both off the books for 2020. “It is with heavy hearts that we have made ...

Miawpukek First Nation Diversifying Fisheries Opportunities

State-of-the-Art Vessel Providing Aquaculture Net Cleaning Services Aunt Mali would be proud. She is the namesake of the new, state-of-the-art aquaculture support vessel built and configured to do in-situ net cleaning service for the aquaculture industry by Miawpukek First Nation (MFN)’s Netukulink Fisheries on Newfoundland’s south coast. Aunt Mali “was an elder in the community that’s no longer with us, but that name, it felt very fitting because Aunt Mali was the mother, the ...

Construction of Air Cargo Logistics Park on Schedule at Halifax International

Above photo: The construction of a new $36-million Air Cargo Logistics Park at Halifax Stanfield International is on track for completion in spring 2021. Contributed photo The construction of a new $36-million Air Cargo Logistics Park at Halifax Stanfield International is on track for completion in spring 2021. Announced a year ago, “construction of the Air Cargo Logistics Park continues to move on schedule,” said Glen Boone, Director, Cargo and Real Estate Development via ...

Status Quo for Gulf Halibut Fishery

There will be no changes to the Atlantic halibut fishery in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (4RST) for the 2020/21 season, with the TAC set the same as last year at 1,492 tonnes for the one-year period from May 15, 2020 to May 14, 2021. Out of that, a 60-tonne allocation has been set aside under Section 10 of the Fisheries Act to support the industry/Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) longline survey and tagging project that covers the entire Gulf of St. Lawrence and its estuary from 20 ...

Redfish Biomass in Gulf Unprecedented

The biomass of the two redfish species combined accounted for 90 per cent of the total biomass of all captured organisms in the 2019 research survey conducted by federal fisheries scientists in the Estuary and northern Gulf of St. Lawrence. “This relative biomass of redfish is unprecedented and could have important ecological impacts on other species,” reads the latest DFO stock assessment on redfish species sebastes mentella and sebastes fasciatus. By comparison, the biomass of the ...

Lobster Exporters Cautiously Optimistic Markets Will Continue to Recover

Above photo by Kathy Johnson While lobster exporters have been facing some COVID-19 obstacles moving product into China this summer, not all the news is bad. “In general, markets have recovered faster than we expected and we are cautiously optimistic that this will continue through the summer,” said Geoff Irvine, executive director of the Lobster Council of Canada (LCC). Irvine said the European Union markets are “opening slowly with volumes increasing in live and processed ...