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N.S. Lobster Trap Christmas Tree Tradition Continues

Above: From left, volunteer Amy MacKinnon, Suzy Atwood, Director of Marketing and Tourism Development for the Municipality of Barrington, and volunteer Samantha Brannen, begin the task of sorting through the buoys to be placed on the Municipality’s lobster pot Christmas tree in 2022. Kathy Johnson photo   The Municipality of Barrington’s lobster pot Christmas tree will be lit for the season on Nov. 23, followed by fireworks in celebration of the start of the lobster season and ...

Celebrating the 25th Annual Port de Grave Boat Lighting

TriNav Group of Companies Onboard as Inaugural Presenting Sponsor   In 1999, the small community of Port de Grave, N.L. began a tradition that started with a $500 government grant awarded to communities that light up their communities during the Christmas season, which has led to the renowned festival where the boats in the town’s harbour sparkle with thousands of lights every year. A quarter-century later, the 25th Annual Port de Grave Boat Lighting Presented by TriNav Group is ...

A Spotlight on Canadian Fisheries Innovation

Above: The NRC testing model of TriNav Marine Design's E-Finn hull.   The Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) recently released its Innovation Storyboard, designed to highlight Canadian technological innovation in the wild-capture fishery. “Much like Canadians, we’re too modest. We don’t celebrate some of our successes,” said Paul Lansbergen, President of the FCC. “I felt that we needed to tell our story a bit more and celebrate some of the good things that are happening ...

Canadian Seal Products Launches New Ad Campaign

Above: Photo from Canadian Seal Products   Canadian Seal Products, a special interest group made of industry members to promote goods made from seals, has launched its new ad campaign, “Good for you. Good for the environment.” to spread the word about its range of seal products countrywide. The campaign is comprised of a series of video advertisements that highlight clothing, accessories and home decor made from seal fur, as well as seal meat and omega-3 seal oil supplements ...

LFA 35 Fishery Well Underway

Above: Kathy Johnson photo   A strong shore price was being paid when the first commercial lobster fishery in the Bay of Fundy opened for the season on Oct. 12. Lobster fishing area (LFA) 35 opened a day earlier than usual due to the weather forecast. LFAs 36, 37 and 38, also in the Bay of Fundy, were scheduled to start Nov. 14. This year, LFA 35 opened with a $9 to $10/pound shore price. Last year, the season opened at $6 to $7/pound being paid for the catch. “The ...

Drills and Documenting with Fish Safe NS

As the lobster season is about to kick off in southwest Nova Scotia, Fish Safe NS wants people to know that it is important for fishing vessels to not only perform regular safety drills, but also routinely document them. According to the executive director of Fish Safe NS, Dylan Buchanan, Transport Canada is seeking to ensure vessels not only have safety plans in place but that they are documented and practiced. An easy way to keep all this information in place, said Buchanan, is to utilize ...

Harvesters Circumspect as LFA 33/34 Gears Up for Opening

Above: Kathy Johnson photo   After a lacklustre 2022/23 season, industry stakeholders in southwestern Nova Scotia were taking a cautious approach as they readied for the start of the LFA (lobster fishing area) 33/34 fishery, scheduled to open Nov. 27, weather permitting. “This year, especially after the spring we had, everybody is keeping their expenses low, working their numbers over. It was a really hard spring. Not many lobsters. The price wasn’t good. People are watching ...

Snow Crab Market Set to Hold Steady Unless Value is Added, Says Expert

Alaska has shut down its snow crab fishery for the second year in a row due to another major population drop, leaving some to wonder how this may play out in the snow crab market going into 2024. According to market analyst John Sackton, this sudden population dip won’t have much of an effect, if any. “There’s so much [snow crab] coming out of Canada in the Gulf and Newfoundland that there’s going to be plenty of snow crab around,” said Sackton. “The only thing that would ...

Finnish Icebreaker – A Leader in its Field

Above: Captain Hanna Kujala and Captain Sid Hynes chat about new marine technology on the bridge of the Fennica.    What was touted a few years ago as one of the most powerful and efficient icebreakers in the world, recently spent four days in St. John’s harbour in September. The Fennica is from Finland and will be working in waters off northern Baffin Island for several months a year over the next two years. Arctia Icebreaking Ltd., a state-owned company in Finland, operates a ...

The Battle Against Yet Another Placentia Bay Invasive Species

Above: Vase tunicates often congregate on fishing and aquaculture equipment, which can significantly weigh them down.   Since 2012, Newfoundland and Labrador has been quietly fighting back an invasion of primitive, five-inch-long, water-filled animals that can wreak havoc on fishing and aquaculture equipment. The vase tunicate is a biofouling organism in the same vein as barnacles, that tend to grow on wharves, boats and buoys, that were first sighted in N.L. waters by the ...