Nick Travis

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N.S. Oyster Producer Taking Alternative Approach to Financing

Trevor and Michelle Munroe left their careers behind to farm oysters out of Sober Island, Nova Scotia over a decade ago, during which they’ve weathered COVID-19 and two major hurricanes. Now, despite their setbacks, the Munroe’s are looking to grow their business through community investments through Goparity. Goparity is a community lending platform that seeks to “provide access to alternative financing for companies with a positive impact on the people and the planet.” Emily ...

Minister Announces $3.5 Million in FACTAP Funding

The Government of Canada has announced over $3.5 million in funding for fisheries and aquaculture companies through the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program (FACTAP). FACTAP, which first launched in 2017, was designed to aid small and medium-sized businesses in adopting environmentally friendly technologies into their business model by reducing water consumption, energy use and emissions, plastic use, waste or bycatch of non-targeted species. FACTAP also included ...

Nova Scotia Communities and Businesses Receive Over $10 Million in Hurricane Fiona Relief

In response to Hurricane Fiona, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) recently announced over $10 million in funding through the Hurricane Fiona Recovery Fund (HFRF) to affected Cape Breton communities. The first round of funding, totalling $6,437,005 in non-repayable funding, went to five projects intended to restore infrastructure damaged by the storm, as well as safeguarding these locations against future catastrophic weather. Canadian Maritime Engineering Ltd. received ...

New Brunswick Trail Blazers – Mother/Daughter Fishing Duo Finding Success in Lobster Industry

Above: Maisie McNaughton (right) and her mother, Debbie Thompson, have been fishing together for five years. Thompson has been fishing lobster since McNaughton was seven years old. Supplied photo   Years before Maisie McNaughton ever set foot on a fishing boat, her mother was blazing a trail as one of New Brunswick’s only female lobster boat captains — the two of them now make up a mother/daughter fishing duo. Sailing aboard 13 Blue Lobsters, McNaughton and her mother Debbie ...

Marine Institute Celebrates its 60th by Looking to the Future

Above: Paul Brett, vice president of Memorial University (Marine Institute), has worked in the institution for nearly 30 years. Submitted photo   On January 15, 1964, the predecessor to Newfoundland and Labrador’s Fisheries and Marine Institute opened its doors on Parade Street in St. John’s. The idea for what became the Marine Institute originated in 1963 when N.L. Premier Joey Smallwood announced the creation of the College of Fisheries Navigation, Marine Engineering and ...

Federal Fisheries Minister Announces New Mackerel Bait Fishery

Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, recently announced the opening of a 470-tonne Atlantic mackerel personal-use bait fishery alongside the continued closure of the larger commercial mackerel fishery in 2024. The 470-tonne quota, according to the ministry, has been put in place to allow harvesters to continue to fish for bait without “jeopardizing the ongoing rebuilding of [the Atlantic mackerel] stock.” “For generations, harvesters have ...

Three Decades of Serving the Marine Industry – The TriNav Group of Companies Turns 30

Above: TriNav Group of Companies directors (L-R) Trevor Decker, Rick Young and Paul Pinhorn.   Three decades ago, three young Newfoundlanders were nearing the end of their contracts with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and were at a crossroads. Rather than competing with one another, the three joined forces to create a proverbial one-stop-shop for the marine and commercial fishing industries. Now, Trevor Decker, Rick Young and Paul Pinhorn are celebrating the ...

Second Early Lobster Season Begins in P.E.I.

Prince Edward Island’s spring lobster season has begun in lobster fishing area (LFA) 26a earlier than usual for the second year in a row. The LFA 26a season, which usually starts in early May, kicked off on April 26 for the second year in a row. According to Ian MacPherson, Executive Director of the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA), the intent of starting the season a few days earlier than usual was to avoid the season being extended into July. “As product ...

N.L. Snow Crab Fishery Begins After Week-Long Pricing Dispute

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) and the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) recently came to an agreement to start the Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab fishery with a minimum price of $3 per pound, up from the previous decision of $2.60. The agreement was announced on April 14, around 12 hours before a union-led demonstration was scheduled in St. John’s to protest the previous pricing decision and after a week-long tie-up wherein none of the province’s 57,586-tonne ...

Fishing Accident off N.L.’s West Coast Claims Lives of Uncle and Nephew

On the morning of April 21, 2024, the 23-foot fishing vessel Miss Jenny capsized near Molly Ann Cove, N.L., claiming the lives of two crewmembers. At approximately 11 a.m. on the day of the incident, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) received a report of people in the water near Molly Ann Cove. In response, the CCG sent out a mayday relay to vessels in the area, as well as tasking the CCGS Cape Edenshaw out of Lark Harbour, N.L. A Cormorant helicopter out of Gander, N.L. was also sent by the ...