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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 ...

New Boat a Show of Optimism for Future Fishery

Drovers of Upper Island Cove Bring Home Newly Built $2-Million Fishing Vessel There’s nothing that fills a fisherman with pride more than a good boat and knowing that the vessel under your feet provides a sense of security and the efficiency to carry out your work on the often dicy North Atlantic. It’s the kind of pride that lifelong fisherman Walter Drover of Upper Island Cove experienced recently when he took possession of the $2-million Arctic Falcon 1, his new 71-foot by 26-foot ...

Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises Launches New Vessel Design

The Nellie C is now plying the waters of Newfoundland and Labrador. The new 39 X 22-foot fibreglass fishing vessel was launched July 28 by its builders, Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises (HGOE). The Nellie C is the first vessel built by HGOE or its predecessor company, Dawe’s Welding, since 2005. The 39-footer, designed by TriNav Marine Design, incorporates an innovative new design and can be rigged for crab, groundfish and lobster. The hull is built of hand-laid fibreglass with ...

Doucette’s Turns Out New Lobster Boat

Doucette’s Boat Building Shop in Mininegash P.E.I. recently turned out another fibreglass fishing vessel. The 45-foot Snappin’ N’ Crackin’ was built for owner Bernard MacPhee of North Lake Harbour P.E.I. The vessel was recently handed over to MacPhee by the yard’s owner Jimmy Doucette.

Launch of the MV Veteran

The new ferry to service Fogo Islands and Change Islands, the MV Veteran, was launched on Friday, March 27, from Damen Shipyards in Romania and will enter the final stage of construction. The MV Veteran will have a capacity to carry 200 passengers and 60 vehicles. The provincial fleet of ferries annually transports over 900,000 passengers, 400,000 vehicles and 20,000 tonnes of freight across more than 50,000 arrivals and departures.