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On the Waterfront – April 2020

Conservation Groups Welcome Ruling on Hatchery Expansion Ecojustice, on behalf of grassroots groups and individuals concerned about the health of wild Atlantic salmon stocks, welcomed the recent Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador’s decision on the Indian Head Hatchery Expansion Project. Ecojustice went to court in November 2019 on behalf of the Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland, the Freshwater-Alexander Bays Ecosystem Corporation, the Port au Port Bay Fishery Committee, ...

Coronavirus Causing Losses for Local Lobster Industry

2020 SENA in Boston Postponed Above: Shore workers at the Lower Woods Harbour wharf stack a crate of tubed lobsters onto a pallet for the next stage of their journey to market. Kathy Johnson photo   The loss of the Chinese market for live lobster due to the coronavirus this winter has caused major losses for the seafood industry in southwestern Nova Scotia. “There’s been so much money lost its going to be hard to rebound from this one,” said Lockeport lobster dealer ...

A Cautiously Optimistic N.L. Snow Crab Stock Assessment

FFAW Still Concerned Over Precautionary Approach Framework For the third year in succession, scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are painting a somewhat bright, yet cautious, picture for snow crab stocks off Newfoundland and Labrador. At the recent 2020 annual snow crab technical meeting, DFO reported that despite some stock increases, the overall exploitable biomass remained near historic lows in 2019, but noted that there are some positive signs for future recruit...

Shrimp Stocks in SFA 6 Down Eight Per Cent

FFAW Takes Issue with 24 Per Cent of DFO Survey Not Completed After a hint of promise last year in the Northern shrimp fishery off Newfoundland’s northeast coast, it seems the stock has dropped yet again — particularly in the all-important shrimp fishing area (SFA) 6. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) held a technical briefing in February regarding the 2020 Northern shrimp stock assessment and reported that the SFA 6 biomass has dropped in relation to 2019. SFA 6 is where the ...

Surf Clam Fishery Partnership Exceeds Expectations in First Year

A landmark agreement announced in March 2019 between Clearwater Seafoods and 14 First Nations communities in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, that forged a 50-year partnership in the Arctic surf clam fishery, is reportedly exceeding expectations. “Year one of the partnership fostered through this landmark agreement has exceeded our expectations,” said Christine Penney, Clearwater vice-president. “Tangible benefits are being generated for all parties. Year one has been a ...

Gear Innovation Summit Explores Options for Whale-Safe Fishing Gear

Exploring options for whale-safe fishing gear and finding innovative ways to prevent, retrieve and recycle lost or discarded fishing gear was the focus of the two-day Gear Innovation Summit, hosted by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in Halifax on February 11 and 12. The Summit brought together more than 250 harvesters, industry representatives, fishing gear manufacturers, marine mammal responders, ENGOs and government officials from Canada, the United States, Iceland and Norway. ...

Colwell Pleased with New Minister’s Conference Format

Above: The TriNav Group of Companies booth at the recent Minister’s Conference. Zach Whynot was representing TriNav Fisheries Consultants.    With more than 825 people registered, upwards of 100 speakers, panelists and moderators and over 80 trade show exhibitors attending this year, the annual Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister’s Conference has grown into one of the “biggest fisheries events in Canada now,” says Minister Keith Colwell. The ...

Clean Harbour Initiative Buoyed by Boat Donation

The Clean Harbour Initiative will be upping its game this year thanks to the donation of a 26-foot speed boat by the family of the late Lindsay Petten of Port de Grave, N.L. 46-year-old Petten died accidently on December 23 while scuba diving with his son. A well-known and respected fisherman, he was the Captain of the Nautical Legend and son of fisherman Ches Petten. “This is a tremendous savings for us,” said Shawn Bath, founder of the non-profit organization, Clean Harbour Initia...

Demand Has Never Been Stronger for Maritime Boatbuilders

Need for More Skilled Workers is an Ongoing Challenge Above: Workers at Provincial Boat and Marine Ltd. in Kensington, P.E.I. put the skin coat of fibreglass on a hull mould. Contributed photo   Boatyards throughout the Maritimes are being kept busy with new boat construction, as well as refit, repair and service work. “The industry has never been busier, said Jay Campbell, spokesman for Provincial Boat and Marine Ltd. in Kensington, P.E.I. “In our over 45 years of ...

N.S. Minister’s Conference Partnering with Aquaculture Association

With a lineup of nearly 100 speakers and a program full of industry topics, the 22nd annual Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister’s Conference, being held Feb. 25–27 in Halifax, is on course to be the largest yet. New this year, the Minister’s Conference is being held in partnership with the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia’s (AANS) SeaFarmer’s Conference to co-host “the largest fisheries and aquaculture conference in Canada,” said Scott Samson, ...