On the Waterfront – February 2021
CIFHF Participates in Reconciliation Workshops
Members of the Canadian Independent Fish Harvester’s Federation (CIFHF) want positive working relationships with First Nations in their geographic areas.
As a result, CIFHF members recently participated in seven workshops organized in conjunction with First Nations, the Department of Fisheries (DFO), Department of Justice, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada.
CIFHF stated that its members have worked alongside Indigenous ...
Investigation Ongoing into Chief William Saulis Sinking
Above: The scallop boat Chief William Saulis. Contributed Photo
As the new year dawned, the search continued for the Chief William Saulis and the five fishermen who went missing with the vessel in the early morning hours of Dec. 15 in the Bay of Fundy.
Aaron Cogswell, Leonard Gabriel, Daniel Forbes, Eugene Francis and the boat’s captain, Charles Roberts, were still missing as The Navigator was going to press. The body of crewman Mike Drake was found the same night the ...
Predictable Reaction to DFO’s Northern Cod Rebuilding Plan
In late December, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) quietly and with little fanfare, released its latest rebuilding plan for the iconic Northern cod stock in NAFO divisions 2J3KL.
And, as predicted by many industry stakeholders, the overall message was to maintain the status quo limited harvesting approach, for now, with this fishery.
Last year, in the midst of other fisheries across the region facing uncertainty due to the worldwide impact of COVID-19, DFO released its latest ...
Nova Scotia Seafood Exports Still Strong Despite COVID-19
Minister Confident Industry is Up to the Task to Overcome 2021 Challenges
Above: Lonnie Snow photo
In spite of the impact COVID-19 had on markets in 2020, seafood exports from Nova Scotia are still expected to top the $2-billion mark when all is tallied for the year.
“Despite the year’s troubles, we are still able to proudly proclaim Nova Scotia as Canada’s top exporter of seafood for five years running, and seafood as Nova Scotia’s highest valued export at about ...
N.L. Minister Optimistic for Industry Growth in 2021
Above: David Greening photo
Despite COVID-19 challenges, overall, 2020 was a “decent year” for the fishing and aquaculture industries in Newfoundland and Labrador, said Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture Elvis Loveless.
“Overall, from a blanket point of view, I think most would agree we had a decent year in what we would call the biggest industry in this province in terms of importance,” said Loveless in an interview, noting more than 16,000 people are ...
Demand for Seafood Remains Strong, says N.B. Minister
Since becoming New Brunswick’s Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries in September 2020, Margaret Johnson says she has spoken to numerous fisheries and aquaculture associations and organizations and “looks forward to continuing the dialogue in 2021.”
Looking back on 2020, in a statement to The Navigator, Johnson said “While there was a reduction in seafood exports in 2020 as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic and many of our promotional activities were cancelled, demand ...
P.E.I. Industry Hoping to Build off New and Existing Support Programs
There is continued optimism in Prince Edward Island’s seafood industry.
While the COVID-19 pandemic-induced uncertainty and restrictions were a cause for concern at the beginning of 2020 for aquaculture, fisheries and seafood processing sectors in Prince Edward Island, “we feel that industry worked hard and made proper adjustments to mitigate damage and find success,” said Jamie Fox, Minister of Fisheries and Communities in a statement to The Navigator.
“I want to recognize all ...
134 N.L. Projects Funded Through the AFF
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador recently announced $26 million in funding to the provincial harvesting, processing and aquaculture sectors through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF).
The funding was aimed at supporting 134 projects that focused on modernizing technologies to improve quality of landings and increase productivity and sustainability in the fish and seafood sector of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Specifically, investments are being ...
LFA 34 Season Opening
The season in lobster fishing area (LFA) 34 was late starting due to inclement weather. The all-important lobster season off Southwest Nova Scotia kicked off on Dec. 8 instead of the scheduled Nov. 30.
Kathy Johnson photos
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Passed On: Scott Bateman – Newellton, N.S. fisherman
Bateman, 55, passed away on October 29 at home. Born on December 25, 1964, he was the son of the late Carol (Smith) and Ted Bateman. He spent the majority of his life on the water as an avid fisherman.
Passed On: Gerard Lewis – St. Anthony, N.L. fisherman
Lewis, 71, passed away on November 18 at the Charles Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony. He spent the majority of his years fishing and upon closure of the fishery, his new ...