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BP Canada Comes up Dry in Scotian Basin

The first of what could be as many as seven exploratory wells in the Scotian Basin is being plugged and abandoned by BP Canada after the drilling project failed to find commercial quantities of hydrocarbons. The Hess Corporation, which holds a 50 per cent interest in the Scotian Basin Exploration Drilling Program, announced on November 9 that drilling of the Aspy exploration well in offshore Nova Scotia had reached a total depth of 7,400 meters. “The prospect did not encounter commerc...

Nova Scotia Lobster Exports Expected to Top the Charts Again

Nova Scotia lobster exports shipped from Halifax Stanfield International Airport are expected to be record setting again over the holiday season as the lobster season in southwestern Nova Scotia got underway. “We anticipate another busy holiday season for lobster shipments from Halifax Stanfield that will continue through to the Chinese New Year (February 5, 2019),” said Nicole Scaplen marketing and communications manager for the airport. “Outside of our regularly scheduled cargo ...

ICCAT Reports Stable Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Stocks

An agreement in principle on amendments to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) Convention and establishing a multi-annual management plan for bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean were among the 12 recommendations and resolutions adopted at the organization’s annual meeting on Nov. 19 in Croatia. “The Government of Canada is very pleased that an agreement in principle has been reached on amendments to the convention, which include ...

Opposition Mounting to Proposed N.S. Seismic Programs

The wheels have been set in motion for a proposed 10-year seismic project that covers basically the entire Scotian Shelf and the Scotian Slope. The plan involves an area extending from approximately 40 km from the southern coastline of Nova Scotia to 350 km offshore. The draft project description was filed with the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NSOPB) by Multiklient Invest AS (MKI), Oslo, Norway and TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA (TGS), Houston, Texas, as the first ...

Uncertain Outlook for 3Ps Cod Stock

  FFAW Demands All Dragging be Halted in the Area Above: DFO research scientist, Karen Dwyer presents a technical session outlining the level of the groundfish stock off Newfoundland’s south coast. After several years of cautious optimism, the overall fate of Newfoundland and Labrador’s beleaguered groundfish stocks remain uncertain. Earlier this year, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced that the 2018 2J3KL stewardship fishery management approach ...

Atlantic Fisheries Fund Rolls Out $30 Million in First Year

More than 100 applications have been approved for Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF) money, totalling more than $30 million in the first year since the $400-million program was launched by Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Atlantic provinces in 2017. Testing ropeless fishing gear, greenstick technology trolling equipment in the pelagic long-line fleet and innovation in the processing and aquaculture sectors were among the projects earmarked to receive approximately $573,000 in funding. This ...

Panel Recommending Bottom Trawling be Prohibited in MPAs

Bottom trawling should be on the list of prohibited industrial activities in marine protected areas (MPAs), says the National Advisory Panel on Marine Protected Area Standards in its final report and recommendations to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. The seven-member panel, established last spring, makes 13 recommendations to the minister that focus on minimum protection standards in federal marine protected areas, including Oceans Act marine protected areas ...

MPAs Continue to be Works in Progress

Without a doubt, marine protected areas (MPAs) will be a hot topic in 2019. The clock is ticking down to the 2020 deadline and commitment by the Canadian government to protecting 10 per cent of marine and coastal areas in the country as a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity. In the waters off Nova Scotia, two Areas of Interest (AOI) for marine protected area (MPA) designation under the Oceans Act have been proposed; the Fundian Channel-Browns Bank in the offshore and the ...

Fishing Safety Highlighted at First Annual FSANS Awards

Above: Captain Keith Colburn (standing left) and safety advisor for the FSANS, Matthew Duffy, pose with Ken Lukas (front row from left), Barbara Duffy, Lorraine MacLean, Darrell MacLean, John Calder and Kim Calder at the Splashes of Safety awards banquet in Halifax on Sept. 28. Contributed photo Safety excellence in the Nova Scotia fishing industry was celebrated at the first annual Splashes of Safety awards dinner and fundraiser on Sept. 28 at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel in Halifax....