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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 ...

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 ...

Smelt Fishing: A Dying N.B. Tradition?

Years ago, the frozen rivers and bays of Northern New Brunswick were busy places. Not only did the ice provide a means of winter transportation, it came alive with the sights and sounds of smelt fishing. Hundreds of pickets and poles dotted the waterways to hold the nets in place. There was net upon net up and down the Tabusintac River and out in the bay. Shanties were pulled with horses from nearby shores onto the ice or onto the beaches. Men lived in these small hovels from Monday to ...