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MI Receives $1.5 Million for Marine, Aquaculture and Ocean Technology Projects A $1.5-million investment in the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University will benefit the marine, aquaculture and ocean technology sectors, locally and around the world. The funding, announced by the Government of Canada, will support three projects including the improvement of the Institute’s simulator capacity, allow for the establishment of a Regional Aquaculture Centre and advancements in the ...

Maximizing Value From Limited Resources

Total commercial fish landings in Atlantic Canada were under 700,000 metric tonnes every year from 2012 to 2016. They were the lowest levels recorded since 1994 through 1996, just after the various moratoriums on fishing groundfish species were declared, starting with the Northern cod stock in 1992. Lobster landings have been at record levels in recent years, but landings of practically every other species have been in steady decline. Because of recent announcements, landings are likely ...

Shore-Grown Seaweed a Major N.S.-Based Industry

After eating a sumptuous lunch in Barrington Passage, in a place where lobster is pronounced “lobsteh,” my daughter and I decided to take the old shore route back to Yarmouth. At Shag Harbour, I pointed out the spot where one of the world’s best documented UFO crash landings occurred a few decades ago. It was witnessed by a whole slew of people. Fishermen actually went to the spot with their fishing boats thinking the object might have been an aircraft. They were met with slimy waters ...

Fish Harvester Training in High Demand

The demand for fish harvester training is high and the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University of Newfoundland is working hard to meet the need across Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond. Encouraging young professionals to take an interest in the industry has been challenging in recent years. However, MI continues to provide potential fish harvesters with a variety of options for training to prepare them for careers in this rewarding sector. Increasing Enrollment This ...

While Trump Cuts Funding to Science, Ottawa Adds Positions in Atlantic Canada

I have to note the difference between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when it comes to science. President Trump will cut major programs such as the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA — the agency which is predicting an eight-foot plus rise in ocean levels by 2017), while at the same time our federal government has announced $325-million to be shared among the four Atlantic Provinces for fisheries growth. Included in the package, an informant ...

Emergency Ready

“Does anyone know where the love of God goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?” This poignant line from the Gordon Lightfoot song Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, sums up the reason that Canadian Coast Guard and Search and Rescue personnel go to work every day. On the east coast of Canada, from the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, to the rugged coast of Labrador, to the tidal waters of the Bay of Fundy and throughout the Gulf of St. Lawrence, these men and women have provided ...

Living on the Edge

According to the Collins English Dictionary, “living on the edge” means “taking a risk above and beyond what most people would do, pushing your horizons, be it physical, mental or otherwise.” It goes on to say that “This is a common trait among daredevils and over-the-top sports enthusiasts.” The dictionary might also have said it is a common trait among those daredevils who work in the fishery in Atlantic Canada. Other than fish, risk is probably the dominant characteris...

Training and Support for Women in Fisheries Science at the Marine Institute

By Susan Fudge, Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University is known around the globe for its world-class training in fisheries, ocean technology, marine safety, marine transportation and beyond. Over the past decade, the Institute has been gaining recognition for its applied fisheries research. Fisheries in the Northwest Atlantic are a scientist’s dream to study. From the complex ecosystem, varying oceanographic influences, ...

Are Coastal Communities in Peril?

Atlantic Ocean Predicted to Rise Substantially in 20- 50 Years While President Trump contemplates a mega billion-dollar wall between the U.S.-Mexican border, recent news from the scientific community strongly indicates the wall should be constructed along the coastline of the United States to protect such entities as New York City, Miami and San Francisco. The accepted theory by most of the world’s leading marine scientists is that the world oceans would rise by one to two feet in the ...

You Say Crustacean, I Say Lobster

Oh, that lobster. Besides tasting great with a bit of butter, they’re very interesting. To some people, they look like a huge insect. In fact, they’ve been called the cockroach of the sea. And — get this — they taste with their legs and chew with their stomachs. They can walk backwards or forwards. Really, they should work with Cirque du Soleil. They seem to keep growing and growing and growing, too. The largest lobster ever caught was in Nova Scotia in 1977 and weighed ...