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Atlantic Charger Living up to Expectations

Captain Brad Watkins has had more than a year to reflect on the performance of his new vessel, the Atlantic Charger and he really likes what he has seen to date. In mid-July, 2013, the Atlantic Charger was launched — a versatile 68.5-foot multi-species vessel, designed by TriNav Marine Design and built by Val Cull of Northern Boat Building and Repair in Port Saunders. The Atlantic Charger has a bulbous bow, a nozzle, fuel efficiency components and the first autopilot system of its kind to ...

Bluefin Quota Increase Could Mean Additional $2 Million for Atlantic Fishermen

Things were a bit different at an ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas) meeting in Italy in November. A change in the make-up of the U.S. delegation meant support for tuna fishing quota increases. At previous meetings, the U.S. delegation was led by a former employee of the PEW Foundation, a group dead-set against any quotas for bluefins, although scientific advice and fishermen lobbied heavily for increases. The major factor in the decision for the ...

High Winds Delay LFA 33-34 Openings

Early Prices in $4/Pound Range Sometimes Mother Nature works in your favour. Lobster harvesters had been going through a rough time price-wise for a few years when a vote was taken a year ago last fall to delay the opening of the LFA 33-34 fishery by one week. The theory was it would enable the shells to harden and prevent a glut of sub-par lobsters on the market which depress prices. The motion was narrowly defeated but the weather turned cold and windy for that first week so mission ...

On the Waterfront – January 2015

Four Fishermen Rescued on Second Day of LFA 34 Season Four lobster fishermen had to abandon their boat November 30 after it started taking on water and flipped, a day after the lobster season in southwestern Nova Scotia began, The Chronicle-Herald reported. The Lady Wallace was about 42 kilometres off Wedgeport when the crew ran into trouble. They boarded their life-raft and abandoned their vessel and were picked up by another fishing vessel. The four fishermen were unharmed. Although ...