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P.E.I. Lobster Industry Finishes MSC Certification

The Prince Edward Island seafood industry announced in November it has completed the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certification for lobster. The certification is essential because domestically larger food retail companies such as Sobeys, Loblaws, Whole Food and Walmart now have requirements for all seafood to be sourced from sustainable fisheries. MSC is one of the third-party eco certification standards. The MSC certification of the P.E.I. lobster trap fishery was the result of the ...

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 ...