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Land-Based Salmon Hatchery in Digby County Next Big Project for Kelly Cove

The development of a new land-based salmon hatchery near Centreville on Digby Neck is the next big project on the books in Nova Scotia for Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd., the Atlantic Canadian salmon farming division of family-owned Cooke Aquaculture Inc. The $60-million construction project is to be a world-class recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) and is expected to take three years to build. “The difference with the Centreville facility, it’s considered a post moult facility so salmon ...

Full Production of P.E.I-Manufactured Alternative Bait Expected by October

Above: Wally MacPhee and Mark Prevost, founders of Bait Masters in Nine Mile Creek, P.E.I., plan to begin full production of their alternative bait product this fall. Contributed photo   A Prince Edward Island company has plans to be in full production of an alternative bait product for the lobster and snow crab fisheries by this October. Bait Masters was founded by Mark Prevost and Wally MacPhee of Nine Mile Creek, P.E.I. Prevost was a commercial fisherman, while MacPhee ...

Fundian Channel-Browns Bank MPA Committee Starts Work

Above: The Deep Discoverer Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) explores the Fundian Channel. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Deep Connections 2019   An advisory committee tasked with looking into the potential designation of the Fundian Channel-Browns Bank Area of Interest (AOI) as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) under the Oceans Act has begun meeting. The Fundian Channel-Browns Bank was identified as an AOI for an MPA in 2018 because of its ...

Big Catches, Record Shore Prices in P.E.I. Lobster Fishery

It’s been a banner year so far for the lobster industry on Prince Edward Island. The landings have been solid, the shore price record-setting and processors have been able to secure an adequate workforce. “We got our labour and we got our labour on time,” said Jerry Gavin, executive director of the P.E.I. Seafood Producers Association. Gavin said there were some challenges in getting temporary foreign workers to Canada this year. Workers from Mexico and the Caribbean had to be ...

Organizers Hopeful Yarmouth Shark Scramble and Wedgeport Tuna Tournament will be a go

Final decisions on whether or not the Yarmouth Shark Scramble and Wedgeport Tuna Tournament will go ahead this year are going down to the COVID-19 wire. Initially, both events were planned to be a go this summer, but when Nova Scotia went into a month-long lockdown in May, with a phased re-opening starting in early June to help stop the spread of COVID-19, organizers hit the pause button. “We’re hoping to be able to have the tournament,” said Brandon Doucette president of the ...

3Ps Skate Fishery Small but Steady

Only about 13 inshore vessels pursue the thorny skate fishery in NAFO fishing division 3Ps each year. For other fleets in the groundfish fisheries, it’s a bycatch. “The skate fishery in 3Ps is pursued by both inshore mobile-gear and inshore fixed-gear licence holders,” said Robin Jahn, communications advisor for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. “The directed fishery typically opens to inshore mobile-gear licence holders in April and to inshore fixed-gear licence holders in May of ...

Interest in Unit 1 Redfish Experimental Fishery Growing

Biomass at Highest Observed Level Since 1984 A total of 13 projects from Atlantic Canada and Quebec have been approved for the Unit 1 redfish 2021/22 experimental fishery. Last season (2020/21), only four vessels participated in the experimental fishery and seven in the index fishery for a total of 11 vessels. “The number of vessels that will be active in the 2021/22 experimental fishery for Unit 1 depends on whether the 13 successful project proponents for the experimental fishery ...

Îles-de-la-Madeleine Lobster, Crab Fisheries Most Impacted by Spring Gulf Whale Closures

As of May 27, there were approximately 39 temporary grids (7,448 km2) and 43 season-long grids (9,670 km2) closed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to protect the North Atlantic right whales. “These closures have had the most impact on the lobster and crab fisheries around the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. To help accommodate snow crab harvesters in crab fishing areas 12 E and 12 F, harvesters were able to finish their fishing season in area 12,” said Barre Campbell, media relations spokesperson for ...

Moderate Livelihood Fishery Waters Remain Murky

While reports have been filed and a newly-minted Lobster Science Partnership Roundtable held, the stand-off continues for some First Nations and the federal fisheries department on the implementation of a treaty-based moderate livelihood fishery. Even the United Nations has become involved. Going into June, it was anyone’s guess what was going to happen in St. Mary’s Bay, Digby County, which has become ground zero for the on-going stand-off. Chief Mike Sack of the Sipekne’katik ...

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 ...