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The Squid Return

Numerous Eastern Newfoundland ports witnessed the return of squid this past summer. Bay de Verde was one community where fishermen got their squid jiggers out of storage to haul up a few of the inky cephalopods.   Photos by Mark Blundon  

Another Successful Yarmouth Shark Scramble

Except for a rainy weigh-in, all was well with the 20th annual Yarmouth Shark Scramble, held Aug. 15 – 18, with 50 blue sharks being landed, more than 80 tagged and released and only 1.1 pounds difference between the first and second place prize winning fish. Chris Cushing aboard the Lurcher Shoal edged out Corey Irons from the vessel Sea Fever III for top place in the scramble, landing a 347.2-pound blue shark. Irons’ shark weighed in at 346.1-pounds. In third spot was Ryan Leblanc from ...

Oil Successfully Removed from Manolis L

(Above Photo) The Tidewater Enabler offloading the oil removed from the Manolis L. Coast Guard Will Continue to Monitor Wreck Site After sitting on the seafloor for 33 years, the oil has finally been removed from the sunken paper carrier Manolis L. The Canadian Coast Guard announced on Sept. 8 that oil recovery operations by Ardent Global LLC had been successful and were now complete. Ardent Global LLC, the company that raised and salvaged the ill-fated Costa Concordia ...

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 ...

Feasibility of ITQs Focus of Industry Research

Are individual transferrable quotas (ITQs) really the best tool for fisheries management, or have they just become a one-size fits all solution? This was the question pursued in a paper released this summer by the University of Alaska Fairbanks entitled Moving beyond panaceas in fisheries governance. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the paper reflects a discussion by social scientists from around the world at a workshop hosted by the Institute of Arctic ...

Clearwater Permitted to Fish 100 Per Cent of Arctic Surf Clam Quota

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) confirmed Sept. 11 that the remaining 25 per cent of the 2018 and 2019 Arctic surf clam Total Allowable Catch (TAC) will be made available to the current licence holder, Clearwater, with a view to identify a new participant for the 2020 fishery. DFO said this decision will allow for the economic benefits to remain in coastal communities while it continues to work to broaden access to this fishery. “In order to move forward on implementing ...

N.S. Fishing Safety Excellence to be Recognized

Safety excellence in the Nova Scotia fishing industry will be being celebrated at the first annual Splashes of Safety awards dinner and fundraiser on Sept. 28 at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel in Halifax. Presented by the Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia, DSS Marine and FitzWright Survival, Captain Keith Colburn from the television show, Deadliest Catch, will be guest speaker for the evening. Captain of the Wizard, the largest vessel in the Deadliest Catch fleet, Colburn will speak ...

Fishermen Encouraged to Attend SWNS Lobster Forum

Photo by Lonnie Snow Once again, lobster fishermen from throughout southwestern Nova Scotia will be gathering in Yarmouth this fall for frank discussions and hear expert advice on issues facing the industry. The third annual SWNS Lobster Forum is being hosted at the Grand Hotel on Sept. 19 by five fishermen’s organizations; the Maritime Fishermen’s Union (MFU) Local 9, Coldwater Lobster Association, Scotia Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association, the Bay of Fundy Fishermen’s ...

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 ...

Tidal Energy Turbine Worrying Bay of Fundy Fishermen

Photos by Lonnie Snow Fishermen in the Bay of Fundy have been left wondering and worrying who will be responsible for the tidal energy turbine that was deployed in the Minas Passage by Cape Sharp Tidal, just days before the parent company in the venture filed for bankruptcy in Ireland. The turbine deployment was done on July 22, nine days before the lobster fishing area (LFA) 35 lobster fishery closed for the season on July 31 and four days before OpenHydro Group Ltd. filed for ...