On the Waterfront – February 2024

Kraken Robotics Awarded $3 Million Survey Contract

Kraken Robotics Inc., a Canadian-based marine technology company, has been granted a $3 million dollar contract to supply seabed mapping services to a survey operator in support of an unnamed navy customer.

Kraken will employ their “KATFISH” high-speed seabed survey system to provide imagery and bathymetry of various ports and harbours. The surveys will take place between January and May 2024.

 

 

True North Salmon Receives $6.7 Million Equipment Loan

The province of New Brunswick and the federal government are providing $6.7 million in repayable loans to True North Salmon, a subsidiary of Cooke Aquaculture, through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF).

The loan will go towards the expansion of True North Salmon’s plant in the former town of St. George, as well as new salmon processing equipment.

“Our core purpose is to cultivate the ocean with care, nourish the world, provide for our families and build stronger communities,” said Cooke Aquaculture CEO Glenn Cooke. “With this program support in our processing value chain, our St. George salmon plant will become a state-of-the-art facility, which strengthens our ability to produce retail-ready seafood in a safe and sustainable manner. This expansion project is the cornerstone of our company’s overall investment plans in Atlantic Canada, and the new advanced equipment is designed to keep our operation streamlined.”

 

 

Celtic Voyager Purchased by Qikiqtaaluk Corporation from Ireland’s Marine Institute

Qikiqtaaluk Corporation of Nunavut has purchased Celtic Voyager, a multi-purpose research vessel that has served Ireland’s Marine Institute for 25 years. The Celtic Voyager will continue to serve as a research vessel for Qikiqtaaluk Corporation, according to the Marine Institute’s Interim CEO Michael Gillooly.

“We welcome the purchase of the vessel by Qikiqtaaluk Corporation of Canada and are pleased to see that it will continue its work in the areas of fisheries research and seabed mapping in the Nunavut Territory, Canada,” said Gillooly.

Throughout its lifetime, the Celtic Voyager has completed over 600 surveys and sailed more than 550,000 miles. It has since been replaced by the RV Tom Crean.

“The Celtic Voyager also provided a generation of marine scientists, researchers and crew members with many years of experience at sea, creating abiding memories for a generation of researchers and crew and support staff and enabling Ireland to deepen its ocean knowledge and supported the increase in Ireland’s international marine research profile over the last 25 years,” said Gillooly. “We bid her a fond farewell and wish her and her crew and all who sail on her — Fair Winds and Following Seas.”

 

 

Canada Announces Green Shipping Corridor Program to Reduce Pollution in Marine Shipping

Pablo Rodriguez, Canada’s Minister of Transport, recently announced the creation of the Green Shipping Corridor Program. This $165.4 million investment will provide funding through two streams of funding — the Clean Ports Stream and the Clean Vessel Demonstration Stream.

The Clean Ports Stream will provide funding to support the adoption of green technology.

 

 

Port of Montreal, Oceanex, QSL to Create “Green Corridor” to St. John’s, N.L.

One of Eastern Canada’s busiest shipping routes, Montreal, QC to St. John’s, N.L., is aiming to become a “green corridor” to reduce the shipping industry’s carbon footprint.

In a joint effort between the Port of Montreal, Oceanex and the logistics company QSL, the passage between Montreal and St. John’s will use alternative fuels and direct electrification technologies to reduce diesel consumption by 27,000 tonnes and greenhouse gas emissions by 87,000 tonnes. This trade route sees over 500,000 tonnes of cargo shipped between the two ports each year, a majority of which is food.

“We are very proud to announce this ambitious initiative in collaboration with our partners Oceanex and QSL,” said Geneviève Deschamps, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Montreal. “We have all the key ingredients to make this initiative a collective success: a shared vision, committed and mobilized players, and invaluable expertise. We are united in our determination to shape a sustainable shipping future, to achieve our ambitious targets and to positively impact on our environment and our industry.”

 

 

Orbital Marine Power Seeks to Operate in Nova Scotia at FORCE

Orbital Marine Power, the creators of the O2 floating tidal turbine has been named Eauclaire Tidal’s technology partner at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE).

Eauclaire, a Canadian tidal power developer, has partnered with Scotland-based Orbital to bring their tidal power technology to the FORCE facility in the Bay of Fundy. This is Orbital’s first international project after deploying their original O2 turbine off the coast of Orkney, Scotland, which has been in use since July 2021. According to Orbital, the turbine offsets around 2,000 tonnes of CO2 per year and generates enough electricity to power 1,700 homes.

The final timing of the turbine’s deployment will be confirmed after the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) completes its assessment process.

“We are pleased to take these first steps towards working with Eauclaire Tidal on Orbital’s first international project opportunity,” said Andrew Scott, CEO of Orbital. “FORCE is a world-class facility and, if a clear regulatory and long-term licencing process can be established, the tidal stream resource in the Bay of Fundy represents a significant opportunity to decarbonize the Nova Scotia energy system and provide clean, predictable power more widely.”

 

 

New Arctic Temperature Record a Sign of Accelerating Climate Change, Said NOAA

The National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) released a 2023 Arctic Report Card, which shows the region’s summer surface air temperatures were the warmest ever observed.

Overall, it was the sixth-warmest year on record in the Arctic, seeing Greenland’s ice sheet experience melting for only the fifth time in the 34-year record. Sea ice also continued to decline, with every September for the last 17 years registering as the lowest sea ice extent on record.

“The overriding message from this year’s report card is that the time for action is now,” said Rick Spinrad, NOAA administrator. “NOAA and our federal partners have ramped up our support and collaboration with state, tribal and local communities to help build climate resilience. At the same time, we as a nation and global community must dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are driving these changes.”

 

 

Canada Invests Over $800,000 in NFMTC

Dan Vandal, the Minister of Northern Affairs, PrairiesCan and CanNor, announced $857,950 in funding towards the Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium (NFMTC).

The NFMTC, which facilitates training and skills development in Inuit communities, will use this funding to develop a mentoring curriculum as well as evaluate their Business Management certificate program. The curriculum will assist workers in Nunavut to gain new skills to increase Inuit representation in managerial and technical positions on both land and sea, in turn contributing to the economic growth of these northern communities.

“Our government is proud to be supporting education and training opportunities in Nunavut’s fishing and marine industries,” said Vandal. “The mentorship programming offered by the NFMTC will help train the next generation of Inuit fishers, who will lead their industry to new successes while generating new economic growth for themselves, their families and their communities.”

 

 

FFAW Calls for Environmental Impact Assessment for Offshore Wind Energy

A total of 15 fish harvesters and Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) staff met with World Energy GH2, which is set to develop a wind-hydrogen megaproject on the Port au Port Peninsula near Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador.

In the meeting, the union highlighted that the company’s environmental impact statement (EIS) fails to take the project’s impact on commercial fish harvesting into account. As such, the FFAW has called for all onshore, nearshore and offshore wind energy developments in the province to include impact assessments for commercial fisheries going forward.

“These are onshore wind farms but there are untold offshore impacts. This is of grave concern to commercial fish harvesters, particularly for those who primarily fish lobster, whose habitat is located nearshore to dredging, refuse runoff and vibration effects,” said Greg Pretty, FFAW President. “It’s clear our provincial assessment process is woefully inadequate when there are obvious impacts to commercial fishing that are not being taken into account during this development phase. We’re asking Premier Furey to ensure impacts to commercial fishing are included in this and all future wind developments in our province.”

 

 

N.L. Invests over $15 Million in Port of Argentia Terminal Expansion

Andrew Furey, the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, announced $15,180,000 in funding towards the Port of Argentia’s Multi-Tenant Docking Infrastructure Project.

The funding, in combination with previous funding from the government of Canada, will be used to develop a multi-purpose marine support and service base in Cooper Cove, located in Argentia Harbour alongside a roll-on, roll-off ramp to better service the energy industry.

“Our support for this project facilitates supply chain cooperation between our government, Port of Argentia, local suppliers and operators,” said Furey. “This project will lead to an expansion in local supply, export and diversification opportunities, create long-term jobs and attract investment into the province in both the oil and gas and renewables industry.”

 

 

SEA-NL “Full Steam Ahead” in Forming N.L. Inshore Co-Op

The Seaward Enterprises Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (SEA-NL), a former fisheries advocacy group and prospective future fisheries co-operative, formed a steering committee in Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L., where an “overwhelming majority” of members advocated for the formation of a co-op for inshore harvesters in Newfoundland.

With their votes cast, SEA-NL has made moves to file incorporation documents in the coming weeks, with full incorporation expected to be complete in January 2024. According to the organization’s Executive Director, Ryan Cleary, the fledgling co-op has begun talks to begin selling fish in the 2024 season.

“The timing and opportunity is now for a fishery co-op with increased processing capacity expected to be announced in the coming days, and more competition for independent owner-operators to free themselves from the company cartel,” said Cleary. “We hear strong support from enterprise owners around the province who see a co-op as the only way for the inshore to save itself.”

 

 

High Liner Foods Keeps Paul Jewer as President and CEO

Paul Jewer, who has served as the interim CEO of High Liner Foods since September 2023, has been appointed to the position permanently after the board completed a full search process to replace their previous outgoing CEO.

Previously, Jewer served as the company’s Chief Financial Officer since February 2014.

“We believe that Paul is the right candidate to lead the company as the organization embarks on its next exciting chapter,” said Robert Pace, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Over nearly ten years as CFO, Paul has had a significant impact on the organization and more recently he has demonstrated the strength of his steady leadership as Interim CEO. The board and I have full confidence in Paul and the management team as they lead our ambitious growth agenda.”

High Liner Foods has begun a search for Jewer’s replacement as CFO.

 

 

ICFA Resolves to Aid Mitigation and Adaption to Climate Change

The International Coalition of Fisheries Associations (ICFA) issued a resolution that the organization will aid negotiators at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, commonly known as the COP28, on both the impacts climate change has on world oceans and the solutions the fishing industry could bring to the table in fighting climate change.

Among other points, ICFA has resolved to call on the COP28 to ensure that an ecosystem-based management of fisheries is put into place, to recognize seafood as a low-carbon protein alternative and to enable public and private investment for the decarbonization of the sector.

 

 

Anti-Salmon Farming Billboards in Ottawa Removed for False Advertising

Billboards around the Ottawa area including claims from eco-activist group Wild First claiming that open-net salmon farms have been banned in Washington, Oregon, California and Alaska have been removed following a complaint filed by the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA).

In the complaint to the billboard agency, CAIA proved that finfish farming is not banned, and sometimes actively encouraged, in the mentioned states.

“In an age of misinformation, we are pleased that the right thing happened — false ads that did not stand up to the truth test were removed,” said Tim Kennedy, CAIA President and CEO. “Activists with deep pockets who don’t live or work where our salmon farmers live and work are trying to drive policy decisions in Ottawa that would cancel people’s livelihoods using a storyline based on old data and false information.”

 

 

Bernadette Jordan Named Consul General in Boston

Mélanie Joly, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced that Bernadette Jordan has replaced Rodger Cuzner as the Consul General in Boston, U.S.A.

Jordan ran for and won the federal riding of South Shore-St. Margarets, Nova Scotia in 2015 as a member of the Liberal Party. In her time in politics between 2015 to 2021, she served as Canada’s Minister of Rural Economic Development and later as the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. In the 2021 federal election, Jordan lost her seat to Conservative Party MP Rick Perkins.

 

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