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The Twine Loft – April 2021

Passed On: Eugene Francis – Yarmouth, N.S. fisherman Francis, 48, formerly of Milton, Queens County, was lost at sea on December 15, 2020, when the vessel he was on, the Chief William Saulis, sank off DeLap’s Cove, Digby County. His body has not been recovered. Born in Milton, he was the son of Michael and Karen (Mooers) Francis of Milton. He fished scallops and lobster over the years for Acadia Band in Yarmouth. At the time of his death, he was employed with Yarmouth Sea Products, Bayview ...

On the Waterfront – April 2021

Crew Safe After Sinking of OCI Scallop Vessel All 31 crew members of the Atlantic Destiny, Ocean Choice’s offshore trawler that issued a mayday on March 2 reporting a fire onboard, were safely transferred from the vessel before it later sank on March 3. The fire onboard the vessel was extinguished and all 31 crew members were reported safe and accounted for. A total of 28 crew members were safely taken via helicopter to Yarmouth where they received medical attention, food and accomm...

Put the Fishery on the Political Agenda

There hasn’t been much talk during the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial election about expanding jobs in the fishery. Including such topics as limiting the concentration of enterprises and quotas in corporate or individual fishers’ hands, while making it so difficult for aspiring entrants to take over an existing enterprise, thus adding nail after nail to the coffin of fishing villages. As far as I know, in Prince Edward Island, there is no equivalent of the Professional Fish ...

Will 2021 Hold More Cetacean-Related Closures and Concerns?

If you pay a visit to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) website, a few clicks will bring you to a page with no less than 87 fishery notices related to North Atlantic right whales — all for the year 2020. These notices involved whale-related delays, interruptions and closures/re-openings for various fisheries throughout the Maritimes. According to DFO, acoustic detections of whales by hydrophones (underwater microphones) and visual sightings of right whales from vessels and ...

Eat More Local Seafood

“Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.” — Samuel Pepys: 17th century administrator of the navy of England and Member of Parliament. Being a navy officer, Pepys probably consumed his fair share of seafood back in his day and it probably tasted a lot better than some of the gruel being served below decks. Jump ahead nearly four centuries, to the eve of the 2020 holiday season and efforts are being made to ensure more people are acquiring a taste for seafood ...

The Twine Loft – December 2020

Passed On: Kenneth Fillier – Englee, N.L. mariner and fish plant worker Fillier, 94, passed away on October 4 at the Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony. He was born on December 15, 1925 in Hampden, N.L. and moved to Englee at an early age. He worked in many areas through his life, from working in the woods, operating as a deckhand on freighters and cooking on the Grenfell Mission boat, Marvel. In the last 18 years before retirement, he worked at the fish plant in Englee. Passed ...

On the Waterfront – December 2020

Qalipu Launches Seal Oil Capsule Initiative Funding provided through the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture Seafood Development Program is supporting the launch of WASPU, a new Indigenous brand seal oil capsule developed by the Qalipu First Nation. Funding up to $25,200 will be provided to the Qalipu Development Corporation — a business subsidiary of the Qalipu First Nation — to help with the launch of WASPU brand seal oil capsules into the ...

Averting Future Species Collapses

In this 24-hour news cycle, social media-obsessed world, all industries have their buzzwords. A quick look at Twitter will instantly tell you what words are trending at that very moment in time. Buzzwords surrounding today’s modern fishery now include such terms as sustainability, ecofriendly, ecolabelling, chain of custody and traceability, to name a few. However, if you venture back in time a few decades, prior to the onslaught of Facebook and YouTube, one will discover that the ...

Despite Uncertainties, Signs Point to a Good Holiday and Lent Season for Seafood

After seven months of struggling to keep businesses going during the pandemic, it seems we are in a bit of a lull. No end is in sight, but things are not getting dramatically better either. The bounce back we experienced both in terms of sales demand and restaurant demand in June and July appears to be fading. In mid-September, we were simply facing a huge number of uncertainties. They included the election in seven weeks, a potential stall in job creation and employment this fall with ...

Close to Home

Coast Guard Investments Bringing More than Just Safety to Coastal Communities   Canada has one of the most effective search and rescue (SAR) systems in the world. The Canadian Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary respond to about 13 search and rescue calls, assisting 43 people and saving 13 lives a day across the country. The Canadian Coast Guard is responsible for maritime SAR, including the coordination, control and conduct of SAR operations in addition to prevention ...