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Organizations Assist in Making Vessel Safety Compliance Easier

Above: Participants listen to the presenters at the Safety at Sea: a Wave of Change seminar at the Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition in Yarmouth on Jan. 25. Kathy Johnson photo Between the Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia and Transport Canada, efforts are being made easier for mariners to ensure they are complying with the new federal regulations that came into effect in July 2017. While that was the main message at the Safety at Sea: A Wave of Change seminar at the ...

Night and Day Difference Between Lobster Fishing in P.E.I. and S.W. Nova Scotia

In Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island, Jesse Bell is captain of his own 43-foot wooden lobster fishing boat, How Boat That. However, for a few months for the past four winters, he has found himself back aft on lobster boats in southwestern Nova Scotia, working in a fishery that is as different as “night and day” as the one back home in P.E.I. Like many Maritimers, Bell grew up in a fishing family, spending a day here and there out fishing with his father. By the time he was 14 or ...

Eastern Canadian Fisheries Expo Wraps Up Record-Breaking Event in Yarmouth

One of Canada’s longest-running, most successful commercial fishing shows wrapped up at the Yarmouth Mariners Centre on January 26.  The Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition, presented in partnership with the Navigator Magazine, welcomed 4,813 commercial fishing professionals over the course of two days.  “The first day of the show was like nothing we’ve ever seen in this venue,” said Show Manager, Shawn Murphy. “It was a door-busting crowd — we even had to ...

Maritimes’ Largest Boat Show Opens This Week in Halifax

Halifax, NS – Starting this Thursday, visitors will get a glimpse of the year’s largest display of watercraft in the Maritimes at the Halifax International Boat Show. Held at the Halifax Exhibition Centre from February 7th through 10th, the show welcomes a variety of the region’s top dealers, hundreds of models and exhibitors, and features to entertain the whole family. “We’re looking forward to opening the doors this week on a highly anticipated edition of the Halifax Internatio...

On the Waterfront – February 2019

Crew Safe After Dumping Day Vessel Sinking The opening day of lobster season unfortunately did not go without incident. The four-person crew of the Charlene A. escaped injury after the lobster boat sank on dumping day in early December. The crew members were rescued by another lobster vessel. The Charlene A. began taking on water about 1.5 kilometres off Hacketts Cove, N.S., shortly after leaving the wharf at 7 a.m. The crew turned around and started heading back to port, but the vessel ...

Moratorium Continues on New Fish Buying, Processing Licenses in N.S.

An ongoing licensing policy review by the Nova Scotia Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries is expected to keep the freeze on the issuance of new licences for fish buying and processing in the province for at least another year. The moratorium was initiated a year ago after concerns were expressed by the industry over a number of things, said Minister Keith Colwell in an interview, including “grandfathered licenses,” and what are commonly referred to as “bingo card” licences. As ...

BP Canada Comes up Dry in Scotian Basin

The first of what could be as many as seven exploratory wells in the Scotian Basin is being plugged and abandoned by BP Canada after the drilling project failed to find commercial quantities of hydrocarbons. The Hess Corporation, which holds a 50 per cent interest in the Scotian Basin Exploration Drilling Program, announced on November 9 that drilling of the Aspy exploration well in offshore Nova Scotia had reached a total depth of 7,400 meters. “The prospect did not encounter commerc...

Nova Scotia Lobster Exports Expected to Top the Charts Again

Nova Scotia lobster exports shipped from Halifax Stanfield International Airport are expected to be record setting again over the holiday season as the lobster season in southwestern Nova Scotia got underway. “We anticipate another busy holiday season for lobster shipments from Halifax Stanfield that will continue through to the Chinese New Year (February 5, 2019),” said Nicole Scaplen marketing and communications manager for the airport. “Outside of our regularly scheduled cargo ...