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Nova Scotia’s Burgeoning Industry Experiences Legislative Difficulties

Kelp farming is a burgeoning field in Nova Scotia, but the industry upstart is experiencing some hurdles as it vies for a place in the province’s blue economy. The Ecology Action Centre, an environmental charity based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, operates the Seaweed Farming and Training Centre to show people how to start up their own kelp farming operation in partnership with Peter Darnell, owner of Indian Point Marine Farms out of Mahone Bay, N.S. While the Ecology Action Centre does ...

Wedgeport Tuna Tournament Celebrating 20th Anniversary

While the official dates for this year’s Wedgeport Tuna Tournament are Aug. 17 to 24, the celebrations will extend beyond that. Not only is the tournament celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the region will be welcoming visitors from near and far for the 2024 World Acadian Congress (Congrès mondial acadien 2024) being held Aug. 10 to 18. “Because of the Congrès, there’s going to be thousands and thousands of people in Southwestern Nova Scotia, so we are looking at maybe ...

Local Company Aiding Oyster Industry Green Transition

The Clean Valley Community Interest Company (CIC) is attempting to usher in a greener future in the aquaculture industry. Clean Valley CIC is based out of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The company was founded in 2018 with the goal of mitigating ocean pollution in the aquaculture industry while enhancing the quality and value of oyster farming. To do this, Clean Valley has mimicked the natural cleaning processes in the ocean by creating an Algae Biofilter, which uses algae and oysters to treat the ...

Turning Boats Into Batteries with BlueGrid

Above: BlueGrid partnered with electric motor manufacturer Evoy and aluminum boat manufacturer ABCO to demonstrate a working model of vessel-to-grid technology in Halifax, Nova Scotia. BlueGrid Technology photo   BlueGrid Technology is trying to solve three problems at once — reducing the carbon footprint of Canada’s fishery, allowing for more capacity in the country’s power grid and helping fish harvesters earn extra income in the off-season. As many companies turn their ...

The End of the Quest for Quest

Above: The Canadian Geographic team searched for Ernest Shackleton’s final vessel aboard Leeway Odyssey, a 124-foot aluminum research vessel operated by Leeway Marine. Supplied photos   After 62 years of being lost under the waves of the North Atlantic, the final ship of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton was recently discovered off the coast of Labrador. Quest, originally named Foca I, started its life as a sealing ship before serving as a polar expedition vessel for Shackl...

Glooscap First Nation Invests Into N.S. Shipyards

Lunenburg Shipyard and East River Shipyard, located in Lunenburg and Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, have come under majority ownership of Glooscap First Nation. Both southwest Nova Scotia yards were recently purchased by Brad Boutilier, a mariner turned businessman. He said that the purchase by Glooscap Ventures, the investment arm of the Glooscap First Nations community, was around a year in the making. As his group of companies grew, Boutilier was looking for a business partner to further the ...

FFAW and Six Processing Companies Pen Deal for 30-Cent Capelin

Six processing companies have broken ranks with the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) to strike a deal with the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) over the price of capelin in Newfoundland and Labrador. Abe Solberg, who led capelin negotiations on behalf of the FFAW, said that both parties came to the negotiating table with a positive outlook on the capelin market in 2024. “We came into negotiations expecting this would be pretty straightforward. The market has increased, ...

Record Landings Creating Marketing Challenges in N.S. Lobster Industry

Above: Kathy Johnson photo   Lobster landings are estimated to be up anywhere from 30 to 49 per cent in Eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton this season. In lobster fishing area (LFA) 27 off Northeastern Cape Breton, for the first month of the season, a 49 per cent increase in the catch was recorded, said Osborne Burke, General Manager of Victoria Cooperative Fisheries. In LFAs 31 and 32 along the eastern shore, landings are estimated to be up 30 to 40 per cent, said Stewart ...

Inshore Redfish Harvesters in Dire Straits, Says FFAW

Inshore fish harvesters in Newfoundland and Labrador are continuing to rally against the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) decision to allocate a majority of Canada’s emergent redfish fishery to the offshore fleet. According to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW), Jason Spingle, the definition of offshore fleets has been twisted since the last time the redfish fishery was last active in 1995. “They weren’t much bigger than some of the ...

Predation and Changing Ecosystem Could Be Detrimental for Gulf Cod

Cod in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence are in a dire situation and scientists say there is no simple solution to the issues they face. Daniel Ricard, Senior Biologist at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Gulf Fisheries Centre, issued a recent warning that cod in the region is likely to face commercial extinction within the next 50 years. According to Ricard, commercial extinction is a subjective term defined as a species spawning population reaches under 1,000 tonnes. In 2023, ...