Annual Tuna Tournament – Important to Scientific Research
A total of 37 tuna were landed during the 15th annual Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival weigh-in on Aug. 18–25, with a 680-pound bluefin caught by the captain (Cory Nickerson) and crew of Keepin’ Busy topping the scale to win the Milton J. Comeau Memorial Cup for heaviest fish.
Sixteen vessels participated in this year’s tournament, catching 16 bluefin, 20 big eye and one albacore. The heaviest bluefin caught in the Hell Hole weighed in at 360 pounds and was caught by the Jasmine ...
Another Successful Yarmouth Shark Scramble
Except for a rainy weigh-in, all was well with the 20th annual Yarmouth Shark Scramble, held Aug. 15 – 18, with 50 blue sharks being landed, more than 80 tagged and released and only 1.1 pounds difference between the first and second place prize winning fish.
Chris Cushing aboard the Lurcher Shoal edged out Corey Irons from the vessel Sea Fever III for top place in the scramble, landing a 347.2-pound blue shark. Irons’ shark weighed in at 346.1-pounds. In third spot was Ryan Leblanc from ...
World Oceans Day Celebrations at Middle Cove Beach
Memorial’s Department of Ocean Sciences celebrated World Oceans Day 2018 at Middle Cove Beach on June 7. This year’s theme was marine debris.
Grade 5 students from Roncalli Elementary and St. Francis of Assisi Elementary were invited to the beach to learn about the importance of the ocean in their own backyard, the impact on the ocean (particularly relating to marine debris), invasive species and to protect this fascinating underwater world.
Activities for the day included a beach ...
Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s Wooden Boat Building Workshop
The Town of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s hosted a Wooden Boat Building Workshop from May 14 to 18 at the community’s marina.
Participants learned traditional boat building skills from master boat builder, Jerome Canning, as well as president of the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland, Jim Dempsey.
The workshop was meant to serve as a way to transfer traditional boat building skills to participants, as well as build a new regatta fleet for the town. The dories built in the workshop will ...
Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region Exemplary Service Medals
Sixteen members of the Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region were recently awarded Exemplary Service Medals and Bars at Government House in St. John’s.
The awards were presented by the Honourable Frank F. Fagan, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador on behalf of Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada and Honorary Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard.
The Canadian Coast Guard Exemplary Service Medal is part of the Canadian ...
Saving the World’s Rarest Marine Mammal
WWF-Mexico recently conducted fishing gear tests at the Marine Institute’s flume tank facility. The tests featured a new net design that is aimed at reducing harm to vaquitas — the world’s rarest marine mammal. With a population of only 30 animals, vaquitas are critically endangered and on the brink of extinction.