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Tracking Whales With Sound

This Could Be a Promising Innovation, Provided it is Used Properly   The presence of North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence comes with major challenges: understanding where these whales are found, how many there are and what they do. Several techniques exist to obtain answers to these questions, including observation from vessel and aerial surveys, tagging and even drones. Another major category of solutions lies in acoustic devices, whether they are underwater ...

Investigation Ongoing into Chief William Saulis Sinking

Above: The scallop boat Chief William Saulis. Contributed Photo   As the new year dawned, the search continued for the Chief William Saulis and the five fishermen who went missing with the vessel in the early morning hours of Dec. 15 in the Bay of Fundy. Aaron Cogswell, Leonard Gabriel, Daniel Forbes, Eugene Francis and the boat’s captain, Charles Roberts, were still missing as The Navigator was going to press. The body of crewman Mike Drake was found the same night the ...

The Mysterious Loss of the Sarah Anne – Part I

Above: Jody Norman, Captain Ed Norman (Eddie Joe) and Scott Norman Monday, May 25, 2020, was just a few minutes old when the fishing longliner Sarah Anne pulled away from the dock in St. Lawrence on Newfoundland’s south coast to head for the snow crab fishing grounds. Captain Ed Norman, age 67, known to everyone as Eddie Joe, was a meticulous and precise man and if the plan was to depart at midnight, his crew knew they had better be there before then because midnight was when the ...

134 N.L. Projects Funded Through the AFF

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador recently announced $26 million in funding to the provincial harvesting, processing and aquaculture sectors through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF). The funding was aimed at supporting 134 projects that focused on modernizing technologies to improve quality of landings and increase productivity and sustainability in the fish and seafood sector of Newfoundland and Labrador. Specifically, investments are being ...

Lobster Season Underway in Southwest Nova Scotia

Above photo: The lobster season in LFA 33 opened on Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 in LFA 34. Kathy Johnson photos   There wasn’t a peaceful, easy feeling for the commercial lobster fishing sector in Southwest Nova Scotia as the all-important six-month season opened in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34. Threats of gear tampering by First Nations had harvesters on high alert, while COVID-19 has lobster buyers monitoring market conditions day by day. “I would say that the sector ...

3Ps Cod Stock Remains in Critical Zone

The future of cod stocks off Newfoundland continues to remain uncertain. In mid-2020, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced that after several years of perceived growth, recovery of the Northern cod stock seemed to have stalled. Now DFO is saying that cod stocks off the southern coast of Newfoundland in NAFO area 3Ps are also in bad shape. In its latest assessment, DFO said that the all-important 3Ps spawning stock biomass (SSB) on January 1, 2021 is projected to be 25 ...

Shareholders Voting on $1-Billion Clearwater Deal in January

Shareholders will be voting at a special meeting in January on the $1-billion sale of Clearwater Seafoods to FNC Holdings Limited Partnership representing a coalition of Mi’kmaq First Nations and Premium Brands Holdings Corporation. Clearwater announced on Nov. 9 that it had entered into a definitive arrangement agreement with FNC Holdings and Premium Brands Holdings Corporation to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Clearwater and the units issued under various ...

Hannah Mae: Built for the North Atlantic

Constructed with advanced composite core material and outfitted with the latest machinery and technology, the Hannah Mae is setting the bar for the 64’11” vessel class. Designed by TriNav Marine Design and constructed by A.F. Theriault Shipyard, Meteghan River, the Hannah Mae was built for the fishing enterprise Nova’s Finest of Digby County, for use in the dragger fishery. “She’s strong, very strong,” said shipyard owner Gilles Theriault in an interview. “There is no wood ...

No Resolution in Sight for Moderate Livelihood Fishery Dispute

Above photo: Hundreds of people from as far away as Cape Breton attended a rally in Digby on Oct. 13. Kathy Johnson photo Confusion continues to reign supreme since a self-regulated, moderate livelihood lobster fishery was initiated this fall by First Nations in Nova Scotia. Rallies have been held, violence and property damage has occurred, charges have been laid, a temporary court injunction issued and a federal special representative appointed to facilitate discussions between the ...

Lobster Trap Christmas Trees Celebrate Fishermen and the Season in Port Mouton, Cape Sable Island

Above photo: Buoys in memory of those lost at sea, those who have since passed on and in recognition of active fishers adorn the Municipality of Barrington’s lobster trap Christmas tree. Kathy Johnson photo Lobster trap Christmas trees are once again decked out for the season on Cape Sable Island and Port Mouton on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. This is the third year for the tree at the Port Mouton wharf. The project was initiated by community volunteer Krystie Gatzke and her ...