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Canada’s Largest Commercial Marine Event Announces Dates for Next Show

Moncton, NB – This coming January will see the return of Fish Canada Workboat Canada to the Moncton Coliseum Complex. Taking place January 22-23, 2016, this is the nation’s largest commercial marine tradeshow.  Showcasing the latest in products and services that keep Atlantic Canada’s marine-based industries running strong, this is a must-attend event for all those who make their living on, in, and around the water. Fish Canada Workboat Canada is held biennially and the 2016 edition ...

Putting Green Crab on P.E.I’s Menu

Sophie St. Hilaire foresees a day where Prince Edward Islanders will do their part for the environment by sitting down to eat a big plate of green crabs. The cretin crustaceans are native to Europe and are an invasive species on this side of the Atlantic. They have been spreading throughout Atlantic Canada since the early 1990s. So why not eradicate them and have a full belly at the same time, reasons St. Hilaire, an associate professor at the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University ...

Still on the Water

New Brunswick Fisherman Exchanges Lobsters for Tourists For three decades Ron Cormier sailed the waters in a 43-foot lobster boat making his living as a lobster fisherman. He pulled his traps, season after season, working hard to provide for his family even during the years when catches and prices were low. But these days, rather than fishing crustaceans, Cormier is teaching tourists from all over the world about it through his business, Shediac Bay Cruises and Lobster Tales. Cormier ...

Twine Loft – April 2015

Passed On: Larry Sears — Shag Harbour Fisherman Nova Scotia suffered its first fisheries fatality of 2015 when well-known lobsterman and sword fisherman Larry Sears drowned while lobster fishing off Cape Sable Island March 10. Sears, 64, was attempting to free a rope entangled in his pot hauler when he was pulled overboard. Rough seas kept his two-man crew from pulling him on board. Help from a nearby lobster boat finally got Sears out of the water 20 minutes after he had gone in. CPR was ...

On the Waterfront – April 2015

Eastlink sues Newfoundland Fishing Vessel for Subsea Cable Break Eastlink is suing the owner of a Newfoundland vessel after its subsea fibre-optic cable was snapped last July. An arrest warrant has been issued after another subsea telecommunication cable was broken last summer off the coast of Atlantic Canada. In a statement of claim filed last month in federal court, Nova Scotia-headquartered Eastlink accuses the vessel Oceans Joy of damaging its cable, costing the company nearly $1 ...

Clamming Up

P.E.I. couple trying to build homegrown clam industry from the sandbar up Oysters, mussels and lobsters are pretty much the holy trinity of seafood on P.E.I. Mention seafood from this province to anyone in the industry and these are the species that will come to mind. But David and Carla Annand of Freeland are looking to add a fourth species to that list — clams. More specifically, Atlantic bar clams, also known as surf clams in the U.S. They’ve started their own small-scale ...

Unified Support for 2015 Shrimp Quota Status Quo

LIFO issue continues to bubble under the surface It appears the shrimp quota battle might be over before it really got started – for now at least. Last month, in the midst of a ramped up protest movement by the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor), the offshore and inshore shrimp fleets unexpectedly approved a plan that would see no cuts to quotas in fishing areas off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2015 — notably in critical northeast coast Area 6. The unified ...

Organization Doing its Part to Promote Lobster Sustainability

The most successful projects usually find their start at the grassroots level. When the people and industry affected are part of the solution, then the end result is usually a good one. That is what Homarus turned out to be. The initiative began 15 years ago when lobster fishermen in the Maritime Provinces were concerned with the low landings. Members of the Maritime Fishermen Union (MFU) were seeing serious declines in their catches in many areas. By 2001, MFU along with government ...

Uncertain Future for Nova Scotia Lobster Levy

Does the lobster levy need re-tooling in order to persuade buyers and harvesters from LFA 33-34 to come on board? All that is known is some meetings organized in the area by the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries were sparsely attended. At one meeting, the 30 buyers in attendance voted unanimously to reject collecting the levy. So where does the process go from here? “Good question,” Geoff Irvine of the Lobster Council of Canada answered. “Once the result of all 20-odd ...

New Brunswick Sturgeon Caviar Business Growing

Breviro Caviar has come a long way from its early days of a research project to a company selling a distinct product worldwide. Jonathan Barry is the president and director of the company, started in the early 1990s by a few scientists at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick. At the time, studies were being conducted on shortnose sturgeon, the Acipenser Brevirostrum in the St. John River. This got scientists thinking that maybe shortnose sturgeon could be ...