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 ...
Could the Southern Gulf Cod Be Extinct by 2050?
DFO Scientists Point Finger at Grey Seal Predation as a Major Cause
The plight of the Atlantic cod has been in the headlines for decades in this region, with most of the attention focused on the Northern cod stock off eastern Newfoundland.
But a new study has highlighted the cod stock in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence and the news is not promising.
A recent report from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) stated that the outlook for this particular cod stock remains grim.
Promising Leads to Countering Right Whale Entanglements
A northern New Brunswick engineering consulting firm, that has been working in collaboration with snow crab fishermen on the Acadian Peninsula on ways to reduce right whale gear entanglement, has come up with some promising leads, says its president.
Caraquet-based Corbo Engineering first began tackling the issue in January 2018 with funding from the Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF) after being approached by the snow crab fishermen associations in the area.
“They were caught off guard with ...
What Do Lobsters Like to Eat?
St. FX Getting Down to the Biology of it
Above: St. FX students load prototype tripods onto a boat for testing during pilot work for the Bait Responses Project. Blaise MacMullen photo
St. FX University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia is taking a “step-by-step, building-from-the-bottom-up approach” when it comes to identifying alternative bait sources for the lobster fishery.
“The key right now is we’re not testing alternative baits yet. What we’re doing is building a scientific ...
Shark Scramble Provides Important Scientific Research Data
Above: The Oceanographic Environmental Research Society was just one of the groups on hand to collect samples and data during the Yarmouth Shark Scramble. Kathy Johnson photos
Another successful Yarmouth Shark Scramble is in the books.
This year marked the 21st annual event for the popular recreational fishing tournament. A total of 15 vessels carrying 116 participants competed in the scramble that ran from Aug. 14 to 17. The maximum 45 blue sharks were landed with a combined weight ...
Bluefin Tuna Tagged in 2012 Landed During Wedgeport Tournament
There was a reunion of sorts at the Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival this year when an Atlantic bluefin tuna that was tagged and released with a pop-up satellite archival tag by the Fin Seeker in waters off Port Mouton in October, 2012 was landed by the Claw Patrol on the last fishing day of the tournament.
For Dr. Molly Lutcavage, director and founder of the Large Pelagics Research Center in Massachusetts, it was the highlight of this year’s tuna weigh-in.
Dr. Molly, as she’s ...