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Innovative Fishing Gear Technologies in the Coast of Bays

The Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources and the Regional Aquaculture Centre in the Coast of Bays Region have been working with local harvesters from the Connaigre Peninsula since April to test experimental fishing gear for snow crab and lobster. While the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources developed and implemented the experimental procedures, the Regional Aquaculture Centre was critical in organizing two information sessions for the harvesters to participate in the projects. ...

A Red Sky at Morning — Part II

(Above) John Gillett sitting on the deck of his house in Twillingate during an evening of story telling, 2014  On October 28, 1971, John Gillett and his friend Clarence Oxford were turr hunting when John had a sudden premonition of impending danger. His strange feeling was strong enough for John to suggest they should turn around and head for home in Twillingate. It was a calm morning and turrs were plentiful, but Clarence knew the forecast called for strong winds in the afternoon so ...

Northern Cod Science — A Collaborative Effort

Northern cod has been looked on as one of the most important fish stocks for Newfoundland and Labrador for centuries. Through the collapse of the fishery in the early 1990s and to the recent growth in the stock, the assessment of the status of the Northern cod stock is big news in the province. Brian Healey works in the Science Branch of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). He is the senior NAFO science advisor for Fisheries and Oceans Canada and section head of groundfish and is responsi...

Making Do With Less

Canada’s capture fishing industry is facing a very serious crisis, due to decreasing landings and a shrinking workforce. Some aspects of that crisis are already apparent, but others will become increasingly obvious as time passes. We need to be thinking about how to deal with it. In 1990, fish landings in Canada totaled 1,598,281 metric tonnes. In 2016, they were 831,980 tonnes, just 52.1 per cent of the 1990 total. Fisheries on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts suffered drastic ...

Investors Swoon Over Land-Based Salmon Farming in Maine

Down East Maine is one of the poorest parts of the United States. The area used to have large numbers of salmon canneries and paper mills, which have all disappeared. Now, the drop in costs for land-based salmon farming has resulted in an investor-led rush to acquire and build suitable properties in Maine. The latest investment group is Whole Oceans, a company owned by the private equity venture group called Emergent Holdings, which first filed its Securities and Exchange Commission ...

What is the Definition of an Inshore Fish Harvester?

I write this letter to inform your readers why it’s important to define an inshore fish harvester for purposes of a vote by the Labour Relations Board to ultimately decide which union should represent them. Here are three, real-life examples: Two men who hold commercial fishing licenses are on the provincial government’s “sunshine list” as having made more than $100,000 in base salary/overtime in 2016 (one alone made more than $130,000), should they also be eligible to vote? ...

Fact Checking Georges Bank Haddock

I noticed a letter from the FFAW in the June edition of The Navigator that used 5Z (Eastern Georges Bank) haddock as an example in an unrelated point. The statement read “The last haddock assessment reported a spawning stock biomass (ssb) of 33,700 tonnes” and later that “they land nearly 15,000 tonnes.” While stock assessments are publicly available online, I wanted to ensure Navigator readers are aware that the 2017 stock assessment showed the stock was extremely healthy with ...

On The Waterfront — July 2018

Cape Breton Fishing Accident Claims Two Lives Two Port Hood lobster fishermen died May 12 after their fishing boat capsized off the coast of nearby Colindale less than 100 metres from the shore. Hugh Watts, 39, and Glen MacDonald, 58, were identified as the victims. Watts’ 18-year-old stepson was onboard as well, but managed to make it safely to shore. Watts was a member of the fishermen’s association, which consists of captains in the Inverness County region. MacDonald was Watts’ ...

The Twine Loft — July 2018

Passed On: Glen MacDonald – Port Hawkesbury, N.S. fisherman MacDonald, 58, passed away suddenly as a result of a marine accident on May 12. Born in Inverness, he was a son of Anna Hodgeson and the late Clarence Boudreau. McDonald was a lobster, crab and tuna fisherman from a young age and loved being on the water. He was also employed for many years as an automobile mechanic and will be remembered as a fixer of all things broken. Passed On: Hugh Watts – Port Hood, N.S. fisherman ...

Sunwell Technologies and Marine Institute Partner on DeepChill

Sunwell Technologies Inc. of Woodbridge, Ont. and the Marine Institute (MI) are continuing their collaborative partnership in a series of tests on various groundfish and shellfish species to establish the benefits of the DeepChill™ process. DeepChill® is an advanced slurry ice process developed and patented by Sunwell in 1978. The DeepChill® Ice Slurry System offers rapid cooling of fish by super chilling the product using a pumpable mixture of ice micro-crystals and water. ...