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AG Releases Scathing Report on N.L.’s Newest Ferries

Above photo: MV Legionnaire. David Greening Photo   In their first few years of service, the newest additions to Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial ferry fleet quickly went from being dream boats to duds. The MV Veteran and MV Legionnaire have been the punchline to more than one joke since they came into service more than five years ago. But more than that, they have been a constant source of frustration for the citizens that depend upon them each day. For example, ...

Fisheries Safety Association Rebranded Fish Safe N.S.

Above photo: Fish Safe N.S. has a new mobile training unit to use when visiting wharves around the province to promote safety on the water. Contributed   The Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia has a new name and a new mobile training unit that has been put to good use this fall as commercial lobster fisheries in southwestern Nova Scotia gear up for the season. The conversation to change the association’s name to Fish Safe N.S. started over a year ago, said Matthew ...

Grieg Outlines Ongoing Development of N.L. Operations

Plans are on track for the first three million smolt from the Grieg Seafood N.L. salmon hatchery and nursery in the Marystown Industrial Park to be transferred to marine grow-out sites in Placentia Bay next spring. One of the world’s largest indoor hatchery and nursery facilities, Grieg’s operation incorporates recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) technology designed by AquaMaof, Israel. “Their design is a total recirculation of water to retain as much water as we possible ...

Optimistic Outlook for LFA 33/34 Lobster Season

Above photo: LFA 34 fishermen offload gear in advance of the 2021/22 lobster fishery. Kathy Johnson photo   Weather permitting, thousands of lobster fishermen in southwestern Nova Scotia will be heading to sea on November 29, marking the start of the six-month lobster fishery in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34. “I think fishermen are optimistic. The market appears to be strong even with COVID-19,” said Tommy Amirault, president of the Coldwater Lobster Association....

Tragedy Strikes Mary’s Harbour, Labrador

Two Fishermen Not Heard From Since September 17   The small, tight-knit Southern Labrador community of Mary’s Harbour is still reeling since two of its young commercial fishermen went missing on September 17. The fishermen, Marc Russell and Joey Jenkins, were due to arrive in their 28-foot vessel, the Island Lady, at Mary’s Harbour around 5 p.m. on Friday the 17th. However, when they did not show, local fishing crews began the search that evening. The Joint Rescue Coordination ...

Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival Back on Deck

Above photo: Samples of bluefin tuna are graded before being shipped to market at the Wedgeport Tuna Festival and Tournament weigh-in. Kathy Johnson photos   The fishing was fine at the 17th annual Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival on Aug. 21 to 28 with a total of 69 tuna landed, tipping the scales at a total of 12,255 pounds. Each of the 16 fishing vessels that took part in this year’s tournament tagged a bluefin tuna (6,981 pounds). A total of 35 big eye (4,731 ...

Yarmouth Shark Scramble Continues to Provide Valuable Scientific Data

The Yarmouth Shark Scramble was back on deck, COVID-19 style, for 2021, attracting 14 boats and 115 participants for the 23rd annual tournament that ran from Aug. 18 to 21. Each boat was allowed to land three blue sharks of a minimum length of eight feet. Smaller blue sharks caught were tagged and released. “It was a good all-around tournament,” said Bob Gavel, Scramble co-founder. “The fishermen were extremely happy to be going… We had a good response on sponsorships. Without the ...

Optimism Surrounding Opening of LFA 35 Fishery

A solid shore price and a quality catch are expected when the lobster fishing area (LFA) 35 fishery opens on Oct. 14 in the Bay of Fundy. There’s a lot of anticipation around a really high price,” said Colin Sproul, president of the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association. “We’ve seen tonnes of indication there’s an insatiable demand for lobster and snow crab both in China and Asia right now and there’s a big indication that our lobster coming on the market at that ...

Moderate Livelihood Fishery Dispute Headed to the Courts

Although a lot has happened, fundamentally not much has changed in the past year since First Nations in Nova Scotia have sought to exercise their treaty right under the Marshall Decision to earn a moderate livelihood. “We were on a call to the deputy minister (DFO) last week. Our message to the deputy was the same as it was last year and their message back to us was the same,” said Colin Sproul, president of the Unified Fisheries Conservation Alliance (UFCA), an alliance of commercial ...

Bluenose Centennial Celebrations Underway

This year marks the 100th anniversary since the launch of Canada’s most iconic sailing vessel, the Bluenose. To honour the anniversary, the Bluenose II, the replica schooner, will be visiting numerous Nova Scotia harbours over the summer, including ports of call in both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. The Bluenose II, shown here, visited Halifax harbour and the Bedford Basin on July 26 and 27. Photos by Tracey Wallace