On the Waterfront – February 2017
‘Gentle Giant’ Jim Buchanan Dies in Fishing Accident
The Cape Sable Island-Shelburne area of southwestern Nova Scotia has seen more than its fair share of ocean related deaths.
Over the Christmas holiday, a huge Yuletide tree made of lobster pots was erected in the Cape Sable Island area. The ornaments were old time lobster buoys, the ones used before balloons and anchors tethered strings of 15 traps.
Each ornament represented a fisherman lost at sea from the area.
There were way ...
On the Waterfront – January 2017
MFU Executive Secretary Dies in Traffic Accident
The Executive Secretary of the Maritime Fishermen’s Union (MFU) was one of two men killed in a Dec. 5 head-on collision on Route 11 in Lower Newcastle, N.B.
Police reported that Christian Brun, 46, of Cormier Village was the driver of a car that collided with a car driven by a 69-year-old man from Miscou, N.B.
Brun was involved in the fishery since 2004, initially as a coordinator during a period of structural change at the Maritime ...
On the Waterfront — December 2016
EU Decides to Forgo Lobster Ban
The European Union has decided that lobster from Canada and the United States are not an invasive species after all, averting a ban on the live import of the valuable commodity.
The EU’s Committee on Invasive Alien Species told Sweden, the member nation that had sought the ban after discovering American lobsters off its coast, that it would not list Homerus Americanus for technical reasons, even though Sweden’s argument had persuaded the forum of EU ...
On the Waterfront — November 2016
Lobster Boat Goes Down Off New Brunswick
The Summerside-based Canadian Coast Guard vessel, Cap Nord, was dispatched on the evening of October 4 after a New Brunswick fishing vessel reported it was taking on water.
The Canadian Coast Guard’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre reported that all four crew members onboard the Julie and Jolene were able to get safely aboard the fishing vessel Black Pearl that was in the area at the time.
No one was injured and the four crewmembers were taken ...
On the Waterfront — October 2016
N.S. Launches International Seafood Brand in China
Last month Nova Scotia launched a new international seafood brand to market their premium seafood in global markets.
“Nova Scotia leads the world for high quality fish and seafood, such as lobster and sea cucumbers, all harvested from the cold and pristine waters of the Atlantic Ocean,” said Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil. “Nova Scotia is Canada’s number one exporter of seafood.”
China is a priority market for Nova Scotia, ...
On the Waterfront — September 2016
OCT Transfers Port Union Plant to Town
The shuttered Ocean Choice International (OCI) fish plant in Port Union, Newfoundland has been handed over to the Municipality of Trinity Bay North.
The plant was closed in 2010 after being severely damaged by Hurricane Igor. At peak capacity, the plant employed more than 170 workers.
OCI said after six years without finding a way to reopen the plant, the company decided to transfer the plant over to the municipality at no cost. The company added ...
On the Waterfront — August 2016
Thai Union Buying Majority Stake in Lobster Processor Chez Nous
Thai Union announced another expansion into the North American lobster industry with a deal to acquire a majority stake in Canadian lobster processor Les Pecheries de Chez Nous (Chez Nous).
Under the deal, Chez Nous’s owner Francois “Frankie” Benoit will retain a minority share in the company, which recorded about $38.5 million in annual sales in 2015.
“We have recently expanded our facilities and look forward to ...
On the Waterfront — July 2016
Lobster Boat Goes Down on Second Last Day of Season
The lobster boat Lois N II sank May 30 off the coast of Port La Tour, Nova Scotia.
Sub-Lt. Jamie Tobin, a spokesman for the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax, said two fishing vessels collided around 9 a.m., the Chronicle Herald reported.
Lois N II began sinking, but the other vessel was in better condition and was able to take on the five-member crew of the sinking boat and transported them safely to shore.
The JRCC ...
On the Waterfront — June 2016
LIFO Panel Public Meetings Scheduled
The Ministerial Advisory Panel on the Last In, First Out (LIFO) policy specific to Northern shrimp will be holding seven public consultation meetings in the following communities:
May 10, Iqaluit, N.U.
May 24-25, St. John’s, N.L.
May 26, Gander, N.L.
May 28, St. Anthony, N.L.
May 30, Mary’s Harbour, N.L.
May 31, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L.
June 10, Halifax, N.S. (Translation will be provided)
The purpose of the meetings is for ...
On the Waterfront — May 2016
3Ps Cod Fishery Achieves MSC Certification
A southern Newfoundland cod fishery recently gained Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, demonstrating that it is possible for struggling fish stocks to recover and reach sustainability benchmarks that benefit both nature and communities.
The MSC certification of the southern Newfoundland cod fishery — known by its Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) Subdivision of 3Ps — comes after the successful completion of a WWF- ...