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High-Tech Cod Acoustic Tracking Project Underway off N.L.

Atlantic Canada’s interest in developing high-tech ocean industries and its traditional groundfish industry is coming together in a project recently announced in St. John’s, N.L. aimed at improving tracking of Northern cod. The Association of Seafood Producers and the Atlantic Groundfish Council announced an $8.5-million Northern cod acoustic tracking (NCAT) project. The project is part of a Northern cod fisheries improvement program (FIP) that was launched in 2015 in NAFO divisions 2J, ...

Positive Year for P.E.I. Lobster Fishermen

Catches and Prices Steady   While the final tally isn’t in, indications are 2019 has been a successful year for Prince Edward Island lobster fishermen. Bobby Jenkins, president of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA), said while he hasn’t seen any reports yet, from what he’s been hearing “everything is pretty positive as far as landings go,” in lobster fishing area (LFA) 25, which closed on October 10. “The shore price was up from last year, not a significant ...

Redfish Rebound Continuing in The Gulf

Unit 1 Stock up 20 Per Cent in One Year Redfish are making a comeback in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, with estimates the stock has reached three million tonnes in Unit 1, an increase of 20 per cent in one year. “It’s a very impressive situation. It’s not something we see often,” said DFO biologist Caroline Senay. “It’s maybe not a good story for Northern shrimp, but overall you cannot be unhappy a fish that was almost gone is coming back.” Under moratorium since the 1990s, ...

A Season of Highs and Lows for N.L. Aquaculture Industry

The month of September was certainly a memorable one, both good and bad, for the aquaculture industry in Newfoundland and Labrador, involving a myriad of issues and developments. As industry stakeholders gathered in St. John’s for their annual convention and trade show in late September, news broke of an extensive Atlantic salmon die-off on Newfoundland’s south coast. Northern Harvest Sea Farms reported that it had experienced a significant die-off of salmon at several of its facili...

Optimistic Outlook for Upcoming Southwest Nova Lobster Fishery

Above Photo: Cape Sable Island lobster harvester Janaya Nickerson offloads crates from a truck. This will be Nickerson’s fourth lobster season aboard Every Last Cent, captained by her father Herbie. “I love it,” she said. “I used to go when I was a kid banding and decided to get into it because I really enjoy it. I have a passion for it.” Kathy Johnson photos   The countdown is on to the opening of the southwestern Nova Scotia lobster fishery on November 25, weather ...

Awards Handed Out at Splashes of Safety Gala

Above Photo: Captain Keith Colburn addressing the attendees at the Splashes of Safety gala at the Westin Hotel in Halifax on Sept. 27.   Safety excellence in the Nova Scotia fishing industry was celebrated and recognized at the second annual Splashes of Safety gala at the Westin Hotel in Halifax on Sept. 27. Organized by the Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia (FSANS), well-known Deadliest Catch star Captain Keith Colburn of the F/V Wizard was the guest speaker for the ...

Herring Quota Receives Further Cuts

Further reductions in quota and fishing effort and increased conservation and management measures have been implemented for the Atlantic herring 4VWX purse seine fleet this year. The total allowable catch (TAC) for the 2018/19 season, which ended on Oct. 14, was reduced from 42,500 to 35,000 tonnes in fishing area 20 (southwest Nova Scotia/Bay of Fundy), with the 2019/20 season, which opened on Oct. 15, operating on an interim TAC of only 50 per cent (17,500 tonnes). “The final TAC for ...

Marine Industry to Be Showcased at Moncton Trade Show This January

Atlantic Canada’s all-encompassing commercial marine event, Fish Canada Workboat Canada, is charting its course for Moncton this January 24 and 25. For those who make their living on, in, and around the water, along with businesses who provide the related products and services to keep Atlantic Canada’s marine industries running, the event takes over the Moncton Coliseum Complex as Canada’s largest commercial marine trade show. The two days provide a key opportunity for members of the ...

The Twine Loft – October 2019

Passed On: Gregory Bernard – Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation and Shubenacadie Mi’kmaw Nation, N.S. Fisherman Bernard, 35, passed away on July 31. Born on July 2, 1984, in Antigonish, he was a son of Roger Sark and Nancy Ann Bernard. He was a fishing captain and fishing was his pride and joy and a big part of his life. Passed On: Jim Morgan – St. John’s, N.L. Former N.L. Provincial Minister of Fisheries Morgan, 79, passed away on August 4 at Pleasant View Towers in St. John’s. Born ...

On the Waterfront – October 2019

Dorian Packed a Punch but No Major Damage Reported Fish harvesters in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island were taking no chances and secured their gear and vessels prior to Hurricane Dorian’s arrival on Sept. 7. And Dorian did not disappoint. Packing high waves, massive storm surges and winds in excess of 100km/h, the first major storm of the season really packed a punch. But the precautions taken by most fishermen appeared to pay off, as there were reports of only minor ...