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Crew Safe After Fire Onboard OCI Scallop Vessel

Above photo: Courtesy of TSB. At approximately noon NST, Ocean Choice received notice from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre that the Atlantic Destiny succumbed to damages sustained on the evening of March 2 and the vessel has sunk. “While we are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our offshore fishing vessels, we are extremely relieved and thankful that all of our 31 crew members were safely transported ashore and are currently in the process of reuniting with their families ...

Billion-Dollar Clearwater Deal With Premium and Mi’kmaq First Nations Coalition Finalized

A coalition of seven Nova Scotia First Nations communities is now the proud co-owner of one of North America’s largest vertically integrated seafood companies and the largest holder of shellfish licenses and quotas in Canada. The billion-dollar sale of Clearwater Seafoods Incorporated to Premium Brands Holdings Corporation and FNC Holdings Limited Partnership, representing a coalition of Mi’kmaq First Nations, was finalized on Jan. 25, after Clearwater shareholders voted overwhelmingly ...

The Twine Loft – March 2021

Passed On: Michael Drake – Fortune, N.L. fisherman Drake, 48, passed away tragically on December 15, 2020. He was crewmember on the scallop dragger Chief William Saulis that went down in the Bay of Fundy.   Passed On: Henry Vokey – Trinity, N.L. boatbuilder Vokey, 91, passed away on January 27 at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Little Harbour, Trinity Bay on October 6, 1929. He started boatbuilding at a young age, the start of a lifelong passion. At the age of ...

On the Waterfront – March 2021

Grieg Newfoundland and Carpenter’s Union Sign Labour Agreement The United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 579 was recently voluntarily recognized as a signatory union by Grieg Seafood Newfoundland. Mike Williams, President of Carpenters Local 579 stated, “Local 579 is looking forward to providing our newest signatory partner with a well-trained and skilled workforce that demonstrates their strong work ethic, productivity and safety mindset on the job site every day.” Knut ...

Annual N.S. Fisheries Minister’s Conference Going Digital

The Nova Scotia Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture is once again partnering with the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia (AANS) for the annual Minister’s Conference and the AANS Seafarmers Conference. Only this time around, the conference has gone virtual, with a series of five, 90-minute online seafood industry sessions being held between Feb. 25 and April 8 that are free of charge to attend just by registering online. A sixth conference session will feature the Minister’s ...

COVID-19 Impact on Lobster Markets a Daily Concern

Above: Lonnie Snow photo   It is day by day for lobster buyers and dealers in the Maritimes, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact markets around the world. “The marketplace continues to be a work-in-progress,” said Leo Muise, executive director of the Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance. “As of the end of January, we can report that 2020 was rather challenging in the seafood sector and the initial weeks of 2021 have been similarly so.” Muise said the market in ...

LFA 33, 34 Seasons Continue on an Even Keel

Above: Fishing boats line up to offload their catch of the day at the Falls Point wharf in Woods Harbour. Kathy Johnson photo   It has been steady as she goes for the first two months of the southwest Nova fishery in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34. “It’s been very steady,” said Lockeport buyer Mike Cotter of Cotter’s Ocean Products. “It hasn’t been a crazy season like normal years when there would be an $11/pound shore price, two days later it would be $13, ...

Industry Cautiously Optimistic as P.E.I. Lobster Fishery Readies to Open

There is cautious optimism from both harvesters and processors as the start of the spring lobster fishery on Prince Edward Island nears. “I think we’re going to be in a better position than we were May 1st last year when there was so much uncertainty,” said Gerry Gavin, executive director of the P.E.I. Seafood Producers Association in an interview. “If you look at where we were last year, there was so much uncertainty and discussions if there should even be a season.” Going ...

Interim Report Attempting to Find a Way Forward in Pursuit of a Moderate Livelihood Fishery

Above: Hundreds of people attended a rally in Digby on Oct. 13 calling on the federal department of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister Bernadette Jordan to take action to resolve the moderate livelihood fishery dispute and to bring all parties to the table. Kathy Johnson photo   “Establishing trust and respect is an important first step” for implementing the right to fish in pursuit of a moderate livelihood, said Allister Surette in his interim report to federal Fisheries ...

The Twine Loft – February 2021

Passed On: Terry Hallett – Clark’s Harbour, N.S. fisherman Hallett, 58, passed away on December 18 at the Roseway Hospital. Born on April 11, 1962, he was a son of the late Cecil and Beverly (Acker) Hallett. He spent the majority of his life on the water, as a captain for 15 years and eventually as a crewman on several boats. Passed On: Wayne Fougere – Meteghan, N.S. boat builder Fougere, 73, passed away on December 10 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born in Antigonish on ...