Industry Shocked by Mackerel and Herring Closures
The March 30 announcement by Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Minister Joyce Murray that there will be no directed commercial or bait fishing for southern Gulf spring herring and a complete closure of the Atlantic mackerel commercial and bait fisheries in Atlantic Canada and Québec has sent shockwaves through the fishing industry.
“Announcing a moratorium on the mackerel fishery is one more example of how DFO and Minister Joyce Murray would rather eliminate livelihoods rather than do the actual ...
The Twists and Turns of the 2022 Crab Season
The 2022 snow crab season in Atlantic Canada still might go down as the best ever, but it is certainly not playing out quite as predicted.
All winter, rumours of record crab prices of $10/pound plus were circulating far and wide. This, combined with anticipated quota increases, had many predicting the most lucrative crab season in Atlantic Canada — ever.
But like everything in the fishery, things are not exactly going as planned.
Firstly, on the quota front, fishermen did receive the ...
P.E.I. Spring Lobster Fishery Gets Off to Late Start
Aside from the weather delay for the season start in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 24, 26a and 26b, everything was a go for the Prince Edward Island spring lobster fishery.
“I think fishermen are optimistic going into the season. We understand inventories are lower than in past years so that’s usually helpful,” said Ian MacPherson, senior advisor with the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA). “There’s a lot of enthusiasm to get out on the water and get fishing.”
Going into ...
Status Quo for 2022 SFA 6 Shrimp Quota
DFO Under Fire for Substantial Reductions to Gulf Fishery
As was predicted, it appears inshore harvesters within Northeastern Newfoundland’s shrimp fishing area 6 (SFA 6) will have the same quota as last year.
On April 27, the Northern Shrimp Advisory Committee (NSAC) released its decision for the total allowable catch for Northern shrimp, with SFA 6 receiving a small cut of 1.1 per cent. Last year, SFA 6 fishermen were given a 15 per cent increase in the total allowable catch ...
On the Waterfront – May 2022
Windsor Junction Fisherman Dies in Waters Off Eastern N.S.
The Canadian Press reported that a fisherman had died after spending five hours in the waters off Canso, Nova Scotia on March 13.
35-year-old Jeremy Hart of Windsor Junction, N.S., was identified as the victim of the fishing accident. He died at 3:30 p.m. on March 13 after being found by a search and rescue team.
The Canadian Press said that Hart had only joined the crew of the halibut fishing vessel Mucktown Girl on March ...
The Twine Loft – May 2022
Passed On: Jeremy Hart – Windsor Junction, N.S. fisherman
Hart, 35, passed away suddenly on March 13. He was born with a zest for life in Halifax on November 30, 1986, to Paige Lewis (Foggoa) and Dean Hart. At age 18, he headed out West to the oil fields doing glycoltration, later becoming a certified rope access technician. That work took him from coast to coast across the country he loved, doing many jobs which found him with his head high in the clouds at the top of a windmill, hanging ...
Fisheries Charges Hit a Five-Year Low in 2021
The total number of fisheries charges laid across Eastern Canada in 2021 was the lowest for the past five years in the Gulf, Maritimes, Newfoundland and Labrador and Québec regions.
According to DFO statistics, in the Gulf Region there were 124 charges laid in 2021 for fisheries violations. This compares to 232 in 2020, 320 in 2019, 461 in 2018 and 280 in 2017.
In the Maritimes Region, only 80 charges were laid in 2021, compared to 251 in 2020, 387 in 2019, 412 in 2018 and 332 in ...
The Evolution of the Fishing Vessel
TMD’s E-FINN Hull is the Next Generation of Energy Efficient Boat Design
The Hull Design Efficiency Challenge — a joint initiative of The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Impact Canada — was launched in July 2019 to encourage Atlantic Canadian boatbuilders and designers to come up with innovative fishing boat hull designs less than 15 metres to reduce fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions.
ACOA also partnered with the National Research Council of ...
Spring Fishing Ramping Up After Harsh Winter Weather
Above: Kathy Johnson photo
With two months to go before the six-month commercial lobster season closes in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34, the fishing fleet will be back on the water in full force come April in southwestern Nova Scotia.
Going into March, the fishery had slowed to a crawl with severe winter storms keeping the fleet ashore and even prompting some fishermen to land their gear.
“February has been a challenge, the weather,” said Tommy Amirault, ...
Aquaculture Review Board Decision Draws Both Fire and Applause
The recent decision by the Nova Scotia Aquaculture Review Board (ARB) to permit an amendment to the boundary of the marine finfish licence and lease held by Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. (AQ#1039) at the Rattling Beach site in Annapolis Basin, Digby County is drawing sharp criticism from opponents.
“The Board is satisfied that there will be no negative, or any, impact of this amendment on any of the eight statutory conditions,” states the 34-page decision released on Jan. 28.
“As noted, to ...