News 659 results

DFO Revokes Surf Calm Decision, Will Be Reissuing New Expression of Interest

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) today announced it has cancelled the Arctic surf clam licence it had awarded to the Five Nations Clam Company in February of this year. DFO said in a press release that the reasons for the licence cancellation have been shared with the proponent and a new Arctic Surf Clam licence will not be issued in 2018. “In order to move forward on implementing enhanced access and promoting reconciliation, we will be launching a new Expression of Interest ...

Call Goes Out to Halt BP Exploration Project

Unauthorized Discharge of Drilling Mud in Scotian Basin Raises Alarm Bells The unauthorized discharge of approximately 136 cubic metres of synthetic-based drilling mud by BP Canada Energy Group ULC (BP Canada) just two months into drilling an exploratory well in the Scotian Basin has raised alarm bells and a call to the federal government to halt the offshore project. The spill was reported on June 22 and was still under investigation as of The Navigator’s press time. Preliminary ...

Drop in Shore Price Impacting Scallop Fishery

While a drop in the shore price is having an impact on southwestern Nova Scotia and Bay of Fundy scallop fishermen this season, it is not as bad as was feared when word came earlier this year that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was going to open up previously closed scallop areas off the coast of New England. “The biggest issue this year is the perceived increase in (U.S.) landings and the new access that they have,” said Alain d’Entremont, Chief Operating ...

Standing Committee Tables MPA Report

When it comes to the establishment of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Canadian waters, the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans is recommending an enhanced, more transparent process, where access to marine resources for the sustainability of Indigenous and coastal communities be considered “as a central element” in the decision-making processes. The report, Healthy Oceans, Vibrant Coastal Communities: Strengthening the Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas’ Establishment Process, ...

Icewater Receives ACOA Funding for Cod Processing Upgrades

Icewater Seafoods Inc. will be using funding from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) to upgrade cod processing technology to improve competitiveness and maintain work for approximately 200 full and part-time employees in rural Newfoundland and Labrador. Arnold’s Cove-based Icewater will receive a provisionally repayable investment of $2.625 million from ACOA’s Business Development Program (BDP). Icewater worked with German-based Baadar Group to use its European system as ...

Predictable Reactions to Lower 2J3KL Cod Catch Limits

After several years of cautious growth, the 2J3KL commercial cod catch limits will be reduced this year. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced that the 2018 stewardship fishery management approach will include measures to ensure catches are distributed throughout the season and do not exceed 9,500 metric tonnes, a 25 per cent reduction relative to 2017. This reduction did not come as a real shock to anyone following DFO’s earlier announcement that 2J3KL cod, ...

On The Waterfront – August 2018

P.E.I. Fishing Accidents Claims Two Lives The Canadian Transportation Safety Board is investigating an unusual collision of two lobster boats on June 12 that left two crew members dead. The accident, that occurred in the area of Murray Harbour, involved one vessel colliding with a stationary lobster boat. RCMP said the collision occurred when one boat, on its way back to shore, smashed into another boat that was buoyed about nine kilometres off the coast. Both fatalities were on the ...

The Twine Loft – August 2018

Passed On: Justin MacKay MacDonald – Montague, P.E.I. fisherman MacKay, 20, passed away tragically on June 9 as a result of a boating accident in Murray Harbour, P.E.I. Born in Charlottetown, he is the son of Tammy Crossman and Barclay MacKay. Justin will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Passed On: Chris Melanson – Weymouth, N.S. fisherman Melanson, 59, passed away tragically on June 9 as a result of a boating accident in Murray Harbour, P.E.I. He left behind three ...

2018 2J3KL Northern Cod Stewardship Fishery – Fall Fishery Option

If fishers have acquired additional cod shares through enterprise combining, their weekly authorized catch limit will be calculated within the licensing program and identified in their licence conditions. All weights indicated below are in round weight. 2J August 5th - October 20th: 3500 lbs/week   3KL August 12th - September 1st: 2000 lbs/week September 2nd - 29th: 3000 lbs/week (no fishing the week of September 16-22) September 30th - November 3rd : 3500 lbs/wee...

Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s Wooden Boat Building Workshop

The Town of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s hosted a Wooden Boat Building Workshop from May 14 to 18 at the community’s marina. Participants learned traditional boat building skills from master boat builder, Jerome Canning, as well as president of the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland, Jim Dempsey. The workshop was meant to serve as a way to transfer traditional boat building skills to participants, as well as build a new regatta fleet for the town. The dories built in the workshop will ...