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Fishing Fatalities Continue to be Major Concern For TSB

The high number of accidents involving loss of life on fishing vessels remains one of the key priorities for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). Commercial fishing industry fatalities was one of eight significant safety issues identified by the TSB in its 2014 Watchlist — released in late November of last year. According to the TSB Watchlist, an average of 134 fishing vessel accidents per year were reported between 2009 and 2013 in Canada, which together comprised 40 per ...

A Hands-On Experience

The Department of Ocean Sciences at Memorial University has wrapped up a two month-long, joint collaboration with the Oceans Learning Partnership. The program offers high school students and their teachers an opportunity to discover the diverse and fascinating world of ocean sciences. The biodiversity lab program gave Biology 2201 students and their teachers a field trip that provided many of the learning outcomes associated with the biodiversity unit of the course. “The program is an ...

Steady Lobster Landings off SW Nova Scotia

Prices Currently in the $5/Pound Range Reports indicate lobster landings in LFA 34 have not been as good as last year, but harvesters in LFA 33, 35, 36 and 38 are performing well. The weather played havoc with days at sea, well into the new year. Prices also weren’t as high as anticipated considering the demise of the Canadian dollar — a good 10 cents from a year ago - and the burgeoning Asian market for lobsters. The opening was delayed in LFA 34, which was probably a good thing ...

Atlantic Charger Living up to Expectations

Captain Brad Watkins has had more than a year to reflect on the performance of his new vessel, the Atlantic Charger and he really likes what he has seen to date. In mid-July, 2013, the Atlantic Charger was launched — a versatile 68.5-foot multi-species vessel, designed by TriNav Marine Design and built by Val Cull of Northern Boat Building and Repair in Port Saunders. The Atlantic Charger has a bulbous bow, a nozzle, fuel efficiency components and the first autopilot system of its kind to ...

Bluefin Quota Increase Could Mean Additional $2 Million for Atlantic Fishermen

Things were a bit different at an ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas) meeting in Italy in November. A change in the make-up of the U.S. delegation meant support for tuna fishing quota increases. At previous meetings, the U.S. delegation was led by a former employee of the PEW Foundation, a group dead-set against any quotas for bluefins, although scientific advice and fishermen lobbied heavily for increases. The major factor in the decision for the ...

Fishermen Pleased With P.E.I. Fall Lobster Season

Prince Edward Island’s fall lobster season got off to an inauspicious start in 2014 but ended on a high note. Lee Knox, president of the Prince County Fishermen’s Association, recalls sailing out of Skinners Pond on Aug. 8 with winds gusting to more than 50 km/h as worried family members watched from the shore. It was probably the worst setting day he’s seen in 27 years, said Knox. “Fishermen were basically setting in a storm I guess you could call it,” he said. “Our ...