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Nova Scotia Cod Quota Cut in Half — Stocks in North Sea Continue to Improve

The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans recently cut Nova Scotia’s cod quota in half. DFO said the cod stock remains in poor shape on the Scotian shelf from Halifax to Digby, leading to the decision to spread the annual 1,600-tonne quota over two years instead of one. Scientists found this year’s catch brought in fewer younger fish. “If they do grow, they hit age four or five and they seem to disappear. In our surveys at age five or six, they are practically non-existent,” ...

Only Fraction of Seal Quota Expected to be Taken Again This Year

It looks like 2015 is going to be another challenging year for the seal fishery in Atlantic Canada. Despite the quota set at 400,000 seals, for months, there has been much speculation about the size and scope of this year hunt, with questions over interested buyers and the demand for pelts. The first blow came recently when industry fixture Carino Processing announced it would not be buying seal pelts this year, but instead would be concentrating on selling its current inventory. This ...

Unified Support for 2015 Shrimp Quota Status Quo

LIFO issue continues to bubble under the surface It appears the shrimp quota battle might be over before it really got started – for now at least. Last month, in the midst of a ramped up protest movement by the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor), the offshore and inshore shrimp fleets unexpectedly approved a plan that would see no cuts to quotas in fishing areas off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2015 — notably in critical northeast coast Area 6. The unified ...

Clamming Up

P.E.I. couple trying to build homegrown clam industry from the sandbar up Oysters, mussels and lobsters are pretty much the holy trinity of seafood on P.E.I. Mention seafood from this province to anyone in the industry and these are the species that will come to mind. But David and Carla Annand of Freeland are looking to add a fourth species to that list — clams. More specifically, Atlantic bar clams, also known as surf clams in the U.S. They’ve started their own small-scale ...

Organization Doing its Part to Promote Lobster Sustainability

The most successful projects usually find their start at the grassroots level. When the people and industry affected are part of the solution, then the end result is usually a good one. That is what Homarus turned out to be. The initiative began 15 years ago when lobster fishermen in the Maritime Provinces were concerned with the low landings. Members of the Maritime Fishermen Union (MFU) were seeing serious declines in their catches in many areas. By 2001, MFU along with government ...

Uncertain Future for Nova Scotia Lobster Levy

Does the lobster levy need re-tooling in order to persuade buyers and harvesters from LFA 33-34 to come on board? All that is known is some meetings organized in the area by the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries were sparsely attended. At one meeting, the 30 buyers in attendance voted unanimously to reject collecting the levy. So where does the process go from here? “Good question,” Geoff Irvine of the Lobster Council of Canada answered. “Once the result of all 20-odd ...

New Brunswick Sturgeon Caviar Business Growing

Breviro Caviar has come a long way from its early days of a research project to a company selling a distinct product worldwide. Jonathan Barry is the president and director of the company, started in the early 1990s by a few scientists at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick. At the time, studies were being conducted on shortnose sturgeon, the Acipenser Brevirostrum in the St. John River. This got scientists thinking that maybe shortnose sturgeon could be ...

Attendance Up at Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition

Three new N.S. inductees welcomed into The Atlantic Canadian Marine Industries Hall of Fame Last month, the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth once again welcomed the Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition. Held every two years in southwestern Nova Scotia, this is Canada’s longest-running commercial fishing show. With exhibitors and attendees from throughout Atlantic Canada — as well as across the country and even the Eastern United States — the current strength of the industry was ...

Generic Marketing Plan for Canadian Lobsters Released

One of the biggest complaints against rubber-stamping a levy placed on landed lobsters to fund a generic lobster promotion plan for Canadian lobsters has been the lack of any plans. Harvesters and processors — especially in LFA 33-34 — are posing the question of planning as other sectors of the Maritimes were agreeing with the idea of a levy. Until the industry in LFA 33-34 decides where to go on this issue, the Nova Scotia government has its hands tied because this area represents ...

Valuable P.E.I. Oyster Industry Facing Battle for Future

Wild Oyster Harvesters Say Mussel Industry is Eyeing Their Market Share It was a beautiful Prince Edward Island day at Hurds Point on June 2, 2014, but there were fighting words drifting on the wind. The shore, opening up to historic Bedeque Bay, was dotted with small oyster dories as men and women unloaded countless boxes of valuable oysters. Out on the water, still more people leaned over the sides of their boats, using oyster tongs to labouriously gather heaping rakes full of red muck, ...