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New Bait Options on the Menu?

Blackbelly Rosefish, Asian Carp Given Nod as Alternative Lobster Bait Sources in Maine, Approval Pending in Canada Maine lobster fishermen can now use blackbelly rosefish and Asian carp to bait their traps. Both species were approved as alternative lobster bait sources earlier this summer and the hope is by this fall, approval will also be granted for use in Canada. Cooke Aquaculture USA was given the nod by the Maine Department of Marine Resources to sell whole, blackbelly rosefish as ...

On the Waterfront — September 2019

CCGS Baie de Plaisance Commissioned in the Magdalen Islands The Minister of National Revenue, Diane Lebouthillier, on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Jonathan Wilkinson, was in Cap-aux-Meules recently to participate in the official commissioning of the new high endurance, self-righting search and rescue lifeboat, named CCGS Baie de Plaisance. The vessel was built by the Forillon shipyard and delivered to the Coast Guard in November 2017. To ...

The Twine Loft — September 2019

Passed On: Owen Nickerson – Halifax, N.S. fisherman Nickerson, 98, formerly of South Side, passed away on July 16 at the Camphill Veterans’ Memorial Hospital. Born September 28, 1920, in South Side, he was the son of the late Belmont Sr. and Susan (Ross) Nickerson. He was a veteran of WWII, joining the RCAF on August 6, 1941 where he served in Canada, Great Britain and Germany, until his discharge in 1946. After the war, he spent his working life on the water, retiring in 1975. His early ...

A Monster Exhibit: Model of Record Catch to be Unveiled at Yarmouth Shark Scramble

Above photo: Yarmouth Shark Scramble co-founder Bob Gavel poses with the record-setting short-fin mako shark when it was landed in 2004. A life-size replica of the mako will soon be on display on the Yarmouth waterfront at Rudder’s Wharf, home of the tournament. Contributed photo. A life-sized replica of the record-setting mako shark caught during the 2004 Yarmouth Shark Scramble will soon be on display at Rudder’s Wharf on the Yarmouth waterfront. “We just ordered it yesterda...

Dalhousie Conducting Oil Spill Research

Risk assessments of potential oil spills in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and improving strategies for oil and water separation (oil decanting) are the focus of two research projects being conducted by Dalhousie University in Halifax. The projects are being funded under the Multi-Partner Research Initiative of the Ocean Protection Plan. “Through the Multi-Partner Research Initiative, our government is fostering scientific knowledge to help protect our waters and coasts from oil spills ...

Lobster Council of Canada Marks 10 Years

Now in its 10th year of operation, the Lobster Council of Canada (LCC) “has evolved to be a self-funding lobster sector organization that represents the entire value chain from the wharf to the market,” says executive director Geoff Irvine. “Over the past decade we have taken significant steps to improve the way the lobster sector works together and raise the value of the lobster resource for all,” said Irvine, who has been at the helm as executive director since day one. Irvine ...

LCC Submits Funding Proposal for Three-Year Marketing Strategy

The Lobster Council of Canada (LCC) has developed a three-pronged, three-year lobster marketing strategy it hopes is going to be a fit for the funding criteria of the Canadian Fish and Seafood Opportunities Fund (CFSOF). “The market for premium protein is complicated and intense around the world,” said Geoff Irvine, executive director of the LCC. “Canada has a strong brand position and we must take advantage of this to expand and diversify our market to ensure we return the maximum ...

Hail-out Requirement Removed From At-Sea Data Collection Program

At-sea data collection in the southwestern Nova Scotia lobster fishery will be continuing next season, but gone will be the hail-out requirement that was part of the program delivery last season. “The decision to remove the hail-out requirement as part of at-sea data collection for LFAs 33, 34 and 35 for the 2019-2020 fishing season was made based on feedback from harvesters and at-sea observer companies, and in consultation with First Nations,” said the Department of Fisheries and ...

On the Waterfront — August 2019

N.L. Company Building OCI Vessel’s Production Line Bay Bulls-based C & W Industrial Fabrication and Marine Limited has been sub-contracted to build and install the production line for Ocean Choice International’s (OCI) new groundfish vessel. Last November, OCI announced the construction of a state-of-the-art, Arctic-class vessel that is expected to create approximately 70 new, full-time, year-round positions and enable the company to provide its workers at sea the safest possible ...

The Twine Loft — August 2019

Passed On: Wilson Blake – Quirpon, N.L. fisherman Blake, 83, passed away on June 29 at the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital. He was born on July 21, 1935, in Spillars Cove to James and Martha Jane Blake. He was the youngest of 10 children and predeceased by all. Wilson fished for the majority of his life until he retired at the age of 65 where he then spent his time making wooden crafts and enjoying time with his family. Passed On: Jonathan Smith – Clark’s Harbour, N.S. ...