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Scientists Testing Non-Invasive Fish Surveying Techniques

Researchers from the Marine Institute (MI) and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently spent 31 days at sea gathering data using state-of-the-art non-invasive surveying techniques within three federal marine conservation areas of Newfoundland and Labrador. The group, headed by MI’s Dr. Jonathan Fisher, surveyed the areas of the Northeast Newfoundland Slope along the border of Canada’s 200-mile exclusive economic zone, the Hopedale Saddle off the Labrador coast and Funk ...

Made Safe NL Hosts First Annual Safety Symposium

Above photo: The safety successes and best practices panel at the Made Safe NL safety symposium. Photo by Nick Travis     The first annual Made Safe NL symposium was held on October 28 at the Capital Hotel in St. John’s, focusing on working with manufacturers and processors to promote a safety culture. Made Safe NL, an initiative by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Newfoundland and Labrador (CME NL) is a sector-based safety program made up of employers and workers. ...

Safety Symposium Focuses on Importance of EPIRB and PLB Usage

The Newfoundland and Labrador Fish Harvesting Safety Association (NL-FHSA) held its annual You Are My Anchor safety symposium in St. John’s on November 2, with a focus on vessel registration and emergency distress signaling. The symposium opened with remarks from Brenda Greenslade, executive director of NL-FHSA and David Decker, board chair of NL-FHSA. Greenslade spoke on the symposium’s purpose and the focus on emergency distress signaling such as emergency position indicating radio ...

N.L. Hyperbaric Facility Reducing Carbon Footprint

Above photo: The outside of the large hyperbaric chamber at Sea-Force Hyperbaric Inc. Photo by Nick Travis     Sea-Force Hyperbaric Inc. has moved to reduce its carbon footprint with the help of the Canadian and Newfoundland and Labrador government, receiving $36,910 from each party and contributing $73,820 itself. The $147,640 was used to replace three oil furnaces with air to water heat pumps. This changeover reduces Sea-Force’s greenhouse gas emissions by 150 tonnes ...

Tis’ the Season for Lobster Trap and Buoy Christmas Trees

Above photo by Kathy Johnson   Once again, fishing communities along Nova Scotia’s South Shore will be decking waterfronts with boughs of lobster traps and buoys in celebration of both the lobster fishery and the upcoming holiday season. In the Municipality of Barrington, the 13th annual lobster pot Christmas tree, which stands on the North East Point waterfront adjacent to the Cape Sable Island Causeway, will be lit for the season on Nov. 24. The tree lighting kicks off the ...

Port de Grave Shines Bright for its 24th Christmas in a Row

Above photo by Joyce Morgan       The community of Port de Grave, Newfoundland and Labrador, has a tradition going 24 years strong. Starting December 9 and running until January 6, the boats in the harbour of Port de Grave will be shining brightly with thousands of Christmas lights. In the fall of 1999, a government grant of $500 was awarded for residents to light up their communities for Christmas as part of a Festival of Lights. Previous to that, there was one ...

How About a Fishing Rope Christmas Wreath Under the Tree This Season?

Are you Christmas shopping for the person who has everything? Former area politician and fisherman Sterling Belliveau seeks to take fishing rope out of our oceans and landfills and put them into people’s homes in the form of holiday decorations, floor mats, baskets and boat fenders. Belliveau, 69, knows his way around a length or two of fishing rope. Since the age of 15, when he left school and got his own lobster fishing boat, Belliveau has had a relationship with the seas in one form ...

The Christmas Tree Broker

Travis Long Continuing a Holiday Family Tradition   The holiday season is an extra busy time for Travis Long of TriNav Marine Brokerage. Since he was a young boy, Long has been helping out on the family Christmas tree lot. The family tradition goes back to his grandfather, who would sell single loose balsam fir trees in Pomquet, Nova Scotia. From there, he spread the tradition to all of his sons. All of Long’s uncles owned land that they grew trees on, a trend his father joined ...

Awards of Excellence Highlight N.S. Minister’s Conference

An estimated 570 people attended the 24th annual Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister’s Conference on Oct. 12 and 13 at the Halifax Convention Centre. The conference, entitled Navigating the Future: Quality and Reliability through Innovation, was held in partnership with the Seafarmers Conference of the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia. More than 50 exhibitors took part in the conference in addition to the line-up of speakers. “The conference went ...

Fiona Slams Harbour Infrastructure Across Atlantic Canada

Above photo: Left: Members of the Canadian Armed Forces respond to Newfoundland and Labrador's request for assistance with relief efforts during Operation LENTUS, in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona that took place on September 24, 2022. Photo courtesy of Department of National Defence.     In the wake of post-tropical storm Fiona, the Small Craft Harbours (SCH) program is reporting damage to 133 out of 180 harbours in Atlantic Canada and Eastern Québec. According to the ...