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Positive Outlook for Atlantic Canadian Aquaculture Industry

Sustainable growth and development are expected to continue in the aquaculture industry in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. “The aquaculture sector in Nova Scotia is growing steadily,” says Tom Smith, executive director of the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia (AANS). “We’re very positive about the future of aquaculture. Over the last number of years, we’ve seen more interest in aquaculture,” said Smith, noting there are more than 40 applications for leases and ...

Market Challenges Continue for Lobster Industry

Going into the fall, the lobster sector is facing market access challenges in nearly every key market. These challenges will require additional human resources and support by trade organizations to ensure smooth movement of live and frozen lobster products, says Lobster Council of Canada (LCC) executive director Geoff Irvine. “In Europe, we continue to work with live and frozen exporters to transition to the online health certificate system, TRACES NT. In general, this has been a ...

Strong Landings During P.E.I. Spring Lobster Fishery

Rising Operating Costs Negatively Impacted Enterprises’ Bottom Lines   While the final tally isn’t in, lobster landings in Prince Edward Island’s spring lobster fishery were solid this year. “We do not have official landings for the spring 2022 lobster fishery at this point, but reportedly overall landings have been strong. They may be off slightly over last year but officially that remains to be confirmed,” says Molly Aylward, executive director of the P.E.I. Fishermen...

Rights-Based Fisheries Senate Report Draws Criticism

A recent study released by the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans on Indigenous rights-based fisheries, as affirmed in the 1999 Marshall Decision, is being criticized for being biased and unbalanced. The 54-page report, Peace on the Water: Advancing the Full Implementation of Mi'kmaq, Wolastoqiyik and Peskotomuhkati Rights-Based Fisheries, “does not help reconciliation, it hurts it,” said South Shore St. Margaret’s MP Rick Perkins, who is the Conservative shadow federal ...

Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival on Tap for Aug. 20-27

Above: Samples of bluefin tuna are graded before being shipped to market at the 2021 Wedgeport Tuna Festival and Tournament weigh-in. Kathy Johnson photo     After a scaled back affair for the past two years due to COVID-19, the Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival will be back pre-pandemic style this year. “We’re excited to finally be planning on having a more normal Tournament and Festival this year,” says Brandon Doucette, president of the Wedgeport Tuna ...

Local Company Aiming to Hit the Ground Running with Ropeless Gear

The final pieces are falling into place that will allow for ropeless fishing to be commercially utilized. “We’ve been doing a lot of testing lately with partners and learning a lot,” says Ross Arsenault, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Halifax-based Ashored Innovations. “We’re getting our gear into its more commercial ready form as we test a few more features that are necessary to get it into the hands of as many fishermen as possible.” Ashored Innovations began ...

Alternative Bait Options Generating Interest but Challenges Persist

Above: Lonnie Snow photo     While interest is growing in an alternative bait product developed on Prince Edward Island, it’s not without some challenges. “As far as interest, phone calls, emails, there’s a 1,000 per cent increase. Sales have basically doubled from last year,” says Mark Prevost, co-founder of Bait Masters located in Nine Mile Creek, P.E.I. Prevost said the company has three people employed full time and the occasional part timer in the winter, ...

Eastern Canyons Marine Refuge Established

Almost 44,000 square kilometres of the North Atlantic along the Eastern Scotian Shelf has been established as a deep-water conservation area located offshore Nova Scotia. The Eastern Canyons marine refuge is located approximately 70 kilometres east of Sable Island and extends to the 200-mile limit, the edge of Canada’s Exclusive Economic Zone. It is adjacent to the Gully Marine Protected Area. “Through engagement with the Province of Nova Scotia, Indigenous organizations and local ...

DFO Increasing Vessel Length Limit for Under 40-Foot N.L. Inshore Sub-Fleets

Above: David Greening photo     The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced that it will increase existing vessel length limits for Newfoundland and Labrador’s inshore fishing boats to provide more consistency in all Atlantic Canada regions. Specifically, the existing vessel length requirement for inshore sub-fleets, currently restricted to the less than 39’11” length in overall measurement, will increase to 49’11”. DFO said the announcem...

Herring Quota Cuts in Line with Industry Recommendations

Other Stakeholders Worry That They Don’t Go Far Enough   A 33 per cent decrease in the total allowable catch (TAC) for the Southwest Nova Scotia, Bay of Fundy Atlantic herring is close to what was being recommended by industry, but does not go deep enough to rebuild the stock, say others. The TAC for the 2022 fishing season was set at 23,450 tonnes, representing a 33 per cent decrease from last year’s TAC of 35,000 tonnes. “The Atlantic herring stock in Southwest Nova ...