Kathy Johnson

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Memorial for Chief William Saulis Crew Being Erected in Delaps Cove, N.S.

Above photo: A picture of the memorial stone for the crew of the Chief William Saulis is Photoshopped into a photo of the location where it will be placed on a wilderness trail in Annapolis County overlooking the Bay of Fundy where the vessel went down. Contributed photo   A memorial for the six crew members of the scallop dragger Chief William Saulis will soon stand on a wilderness trail in Annapolis County, overlooking the Bay of Fundy where the vessel went down. The Chief ...

Grieg Opens Placentia Bay Aquaculture Facility

In April, Grieg Seafood Newfoundland officially opened its Placentia Bay-based facilities, located in Marystown. On hand for the occasion was Grieg CEO Andreas Kvame, as well as representatives from the provincial and federal governments and other dignitaries including Norwegian Ambassador to Canada, Jon Elvedal Fredriksen. “We are very pleased to have reached the point in our growth where we can celebrate our grand-opening,” said Knut Skeidsvoll, Managing Director, Grieg Seafood ...

Industry Shocked by Mackerel and Herring Closures

The March 30 announcement by Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Minister Joyce Murray that there will be no directed commercial or bait fishing for southern Gulf spring herring and a complete closure of the Atlantic mackerel commercial and bait fisheries in Atlantic Canada and Québec has sent shockwaves through the fishing industry. “Announcing a moratorium on the mackerel fishery is one more example of how DFO and Minister Joyce Murray would rather eliminate livelihoods rather than do the actual ...

P.E.I. Spring Lobster Fishery Gets Off to Late Start

Aside from the weather delay for the season start in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 24, 26a and 26b, everything was a go for the Prince Edward Island spring lobster fishery. “I think fishermen are optimistic going into the season. We understand inventories are lower than in past years so that’s usually helpful,” said Ian MacPherson, senior advisor with the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA). “There’s a lot of enthusiasm to get out on the water and get fishing.” Going into ...

Status Quo for 2022/23 Unit 1 Redfish TAC

Industry Waiting for Minister’s Decision on Future Quota Allotments   Unless the scientific advice says otherwise, it will be status quo for the 2022/23 Unit 1 redfish total allowable catch (TAC). “The index fishery was maintained at 2,000 metric tonnes and the experimental fishery quota was set at 2,500 tonnes with the understanding that the experimental quota may increase, but only under science approval,” said Victoria Waizmann, media relations with the Department of ...

Fish Safe NS Adds Mobile Training Unit and New Programs

Above: Fish Safe NS has added a mobile training unit to its tool chest for promotion and support of all things safety in the Nova Scotia fishing industry. The mobile training is used when Fish Safe NS is doing wharf visits and man overboard drills. Contributed   Splashes of Safety Celebration Returning in 2022 After a Two-Year Absence   A mobile training unit, a new Safety Equipment and Training Subsidy Program and a mental health and wellness initiative have been rolled ...

2019 Fatal Sinking of Captain Jim Attributed to Compromised Stability

Regulatory Surveillance by TC Didn’t Identify Vessel Modifications that Affected Stability and Watertight Integrity   The installation of freeing ports during a refit on the undecked Captain Jim’s hull is what led to the fatal sinking of the vessel in Halifax Harbour in the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 2019, concluded a Transportation Safety Board (TSB) investigation released last fall and corrected in February. “After the publication of this report, the TSB obtained ...

Fisheries Charges Hit a Five-Year Low in 2021

The total number of fisheries charges laid across Eastern Canada in 2021 was the lowest for the past five years in the Gulf, Maritimes, Newfoundland and Labrador and Québec regions. According to DFO statistics, in the Gulf Region there were 124 charges laid in 2021 for fisheries violations. This compares to 232 in 2020, 320 in 2019, 461 in 2018 and 280 in 2017. In the Maritimes Region, only 80 charges were laid in 2021, compared to 251 in 2020, 387 in 2019, 412 in 2018 and 332 in ...

Spring Fishing Ramping Up After Harsh Winter Weather

Above: Kathy Johnson photo   With two months to go before the six-month commercial lobster season closes in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34, the fishing fleet will be back on the water in full force come April in southwestern Nova Scotia. Going into March, the fishery had slowed to a crawl with severe winter storms keeping the fleet ashore and even prompting some fishermen to land their gear. “February has been a challenge, the weather,” said Tommy Amirault, ...

Aquaculture Review Board Decision Draws Both Fire and Applause

The recent decision by the Nova Scotia Aquaculture Review Board (ARB) to permit an amendment to the boundary of the marine finfish licence and lease held by Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. (AQ#1039) at the Rattling Beach site in Annapolis Basin, Digby County is drawing sharp criticism from opponents. “The Board is satisfied that there will be no negative, or any, impact of this amendment on any of the eight statutory conditions,” states the 34-page decision released on Jan. 28. “As noted, to ...