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Inshore Lobster Bycatch Monitoring Implemented in Southwestern Nova Scotia

Like it or lump it, regular at-sea data collection across all inshore lobster fishing areas (LFAs) in the Maritimes Region is being introduced by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). The monitoring will be starting this fall with LFAs 33, 34 and 35, possibly in the spring of 2019 for LFAs 27, 30, 31a, 31b and 32 and LFA 38b and at a later date to be determined for LFAs 36, 37 and 38. “The main purpose of at-sea data collection is to determine the occurrence of bycatch ...

Labour Board Dismisses FISH-NL Certification Application

Labour Group Pledges to Fight On The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) has stated it is not going away anytime soon. The fledgling labour organization announced this declaration despite the Oct. 1 decision by the NL Labour Relations Board decision to finally dismiss FISH-NL’s certification application. FISH-NL President Ryan Cleary told the CBC that the dismissal is not a blow but “an opportunity.” “The opportunity is to do ...

Right Whales Key Issue Discussed at Annual Lobster Forum

Above: Judith Maxwell, executive director of the Scotia Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association collects work sheets with feedback from fishermen on how industry should be involved in mitigation measures for the North Atlantic right whale during the third annual SWNS Lobster Forum in Yarmouth on September 19. Kathy Johnson photo There was no shortage of information for fishermen from LFAs 33, 34 and 35 to consider and discuss during the third annual SWNS Lobster Forum in Yarmouth on ...

World-Class Sea Cucumber Processing Technology on Display

The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI), together with the Town of St. Lawrence and Ocean Choice International, recently hosted the first in a series of NATI Innovation Days. The event demonstrated how technology and innovation is being embraced in traditional industries to modernize operations, increase competitiveness, expand markets and create greater economic opportunity for communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. The world is changing and so ...

Smart Buoy Technology Aiming to Provide Ropeless Gear Option for Fishermen

(Above photo) The co-founders of Ashored Innovations (from left): Aaron Stevenson (CEO), Ross Arsenault (COO) and Maxwell Poole (VP Marketing and Product Development). Contributed photo A smart buoy that will provide a ropeless gear option for crab and lobster fishermen is set to be unveiled this fall by Halifax-based Ashored Innovations. Initial testing of the smart buoy, which has been designed from a fishermen’s perspective, was slated to began in September. “At the current ...

Fate of FISH-NL Remains Uncertain

No Decisions from Aug. 20 Labour Relations Board Hearing The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is remaining positive that its mission to represent inshore fish harvesters in the province is still alive and well. On August 20, the Labour Relations Board held a hearing in St. John’s to determine the definition of an inshore harvester and FISH-NL said it is encouraged that the Board has agreed to consider its arguments to proceed with an ...

Massive Placentia Bay Salmon Aquaculture Project One Step Closer

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador recently released Grieg NL’s giant Placentia Bay Atlantic salmon aquaculture project from the environmental assessment process. As part of the release, the project will be subject to more than 15 terms and conditions that will ensure that development proceeds in an environmentally sustainable manner. The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment informed Grieg NL Nurseries Ltd. and Grieg NL Seafarms Ltd. that their environmental impact ...

Yarmouth Shark Scramble Celebrating 20 years

Organizers say it promises to be a fantastic year for the Yarmouth Shark Scramble, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary during Aug. 15–18. The Yarmouth Shark Scramble was started in 1998 by co-founders Bob Gavel and John Boudreau. Gavel approached Boudreau with the idea of organizing a shark derby for Yarmouth. Having been in derbies in other ports, they both thought it was a good idea and the experience gave them an advantage and the know-how to organize and execute a derby that ...

Drilling Resumes in Scotian Basin

Lobbyists Call for Moratorium and Public Inquiry BP Canada Energy Group ULC (BP Canada) is back drilling in the Scotian Basin. The resumption in oil petroleum exploration drilling comes only a month after an unauthorized discharge of 136 cubic metres of synthetic based drilling mud forced the company to suspend operations, pending an investigation by the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NSOPB). The C-NSOPB’s “ongoing investigation into the unauthorized discharge of ...

Cautious Optimism Greets New Federal Fisheries Minister

Photo by David Greening More than a few eyebrows were raised when Jonathan Wilkinson was appointed the new Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard on July 18. The new minister just happens to be the Member of Parliament for North Vancouver. As a result of a recent cabinet shuffle, Prime Minister Justin appointed a fisheries minister from the west coast of the country. Wilkinson replaced the often-times controversial Dominic LeBlanc It would be an understatem...