Kathy Johnson

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Boom Times in the Eastern Gulf Snow Crab Fishery

Snow crab fishermen in Atlantic Canada are receiving record prices for their catches this spring. “It certainly has reached a level we have never seen before,” said Osborne Burke, general manager at Victoria Cooperative Fisheries in Cape Breton. “If someone said to me in March the price was going to be $4.50, $5/pound, I would have said yes. If someone said it was going to be $8/pound, I would have said they were crazy.” For Cape Breton fishermen, the snow crab fishery opened ...

Georges Bank Moratorium Up for Renewal

With the Georges Bank moratorium set to expire on Dec. 31, 2022, a review process that examines the environmental and socio-economic impacts of exploration and drilling activities in the region will soon get underway as required by joint federal provincial legislation. Under moratorium since 1988 to all oil and gas exploration and drilling activity, the federal Minister of Natural Resources and the Nova Scotia Minister of Energy and Mines may extend the moratorium in increments of up to 10 ...

SW Nova 2021 Spring Fishery More Promising Than a Year Ago

As the commercial lobster fishery in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34 winds down for the season, a strong shore price supported by low inventory and a world-wide market demand has the industry optimistic. “The spring fishery in lobster and a range of other seafood species looks certainly more promising than one year ago,” said Leo Muise, executive director of the Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance. “Some of the highest pricing ever have been paid in a variety of species, most ...

Nova Scotia Industry Excellence Recognized

Above: Kathy Johnson photo Businesses, individuals and organizations were among the recipients of the 2021 Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister’s Awards of Excellence for Seafood and Sportfishing. The awards were presented virtually on April 22 as part of the annual Ministers Conference and the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia (AANS) Seafarmers Conference. Fred Greene, founder and owner of Fishermen’s Market was presented with the prestigious Seafood Legacy ...

Recurring Safety Deficiencies Identified in TSB Report on 2018 Atlantic Sapphire Sinking

Many of the safety issues identified in the investigation of the Atlantic Sapphire sinking are known and recurrent in the fishing industry, says the Transportation Safety Board (TSB). The Atlantic Sapphire, out of Lower West Pubnico, was fishing the Georges Bank when it sank on Dec. 13, 2018. The crew of three were rescued by the Angelo O, also out of Lower West Pubnico, which was fishing nearby. “The investigation found that the vessel was operating beyond its stability limits. When ...

PFDs: The Most Talked About Safety Topic in the Industry

Above: Participants in a FSANS safety training exercise. FSANS photo   While it appears that more and more fish harvesters are wearing personal flotation devices (PFDs) when on the water, there is still a way to go in getting the safety message out and improvements to the life saving device. In both Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, provincial labour regulations stipulate that PFDs must be worn if there is a risk of drowning, applying not only to the fishing industry, ...

NL-FHSA About to Release Five-Year Strategic Plan

Above: Photo by CCGA   A five-year strategic plan being released this spring by the Newfoundland and Labrador-Fish Harvesting Safety Association (NL-FHSA) will build on the foundation of further enhancing the safety culture in the fish harvesting industry. “It’s a pretty comprehensive plan,” said Brenda Greenslade, executive director of the NL-FHSA in an interview. “It covers a number of areas, but the framework for it is that we’re building on the foundation. We ...

Duffy Takes the Helm of the FSANS

Above: The Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia (FSANS) has ensured safety posters are prevalent on wharves throughout Nova Scotia as a reminder for fishermen to work safely. FSANS PHOTOS   EPIRB Registration, New Mobile Training Unit and Recognition of Safety Champions on Radar   COVID-19 hasn’t stopped the Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia (FSANS) from continuing its work to help make the fishing industry more safety conscious and aware. While the ...

Moderate Livelihood Fishery Concerns Continue

All eyes are on the federal government going into the end of the commercial lobster season in southwestern Nova Scotia this year, to see if Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan is good on her word. In a statement issued by Jordan on March 3, “effective this season, we will introduce a new path for First Nations to fish in pursuit of a moderate livelihood, one that addresses much of the feedback we’ve heard over the past year. It’s a path that is flexible, adaptable and based on three ...

Shore Price Hits $13/Pound in LFAs 33, 34

Above: Lobster pots fill the deck of a fishing vessel at the Clark’s Harbour wharf, with lobster cars in the middle of the harbour providing a platform for more traps and lobster ‘hotels.’ Kathy Johnson photo   Lobster fishermen in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34 were fetching $13/pound for their catch in late February. “We are nearing a record price for the product right now,” said Bernie Berry, president of the Coldwater Lobster Association. “There’s not ...