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Unbearable Grief: Fishing Industry is Fraught with Tragedy and Loss

Above: Island Lady. Photo by Joe Jenkins   Fishing is one of the most dangerous commercial occupations on the planet. Statistically, Atlantic Canada has lost an average of about one fisherman per month over the past six or seven decades despite just about everything else in the industry going through dramatic change in that period. In fact, the death rate is even higher these days if compared on a percentage basis — there are fewer people fishing but the number of lives lost ...

A Year Out From Tragedy, Father Hopes to Make a Lasting Difference

On September 17, 2021, the lives of two young Labrador fishermen were suddenly taken. 25-year-old Marc Russell and 30-year-old Joey Jenkins were set to arrive in Mary’s Harbour aboard their 28-foot vessel the Island Lady around 5 p.m. that day, but never arrived. After a 10-day search that covered 9,460 square nautical miles, the RCMP called off the search for Russell and Jenkins. Just over a year out from this tragedy, Marc Russell’s father, Dwight, is looking back on what he’s ...

Tragedy Strikes Mary’s Harbour, Labrador

Two Fishermen Not Heard From Since September 17   The small, tight-knit Southern Labrador community of Mary’s Harbour is still reeling since two of its young commercial fishermen went missing on September 17. The fishermen, Marc Russell and Joey Jenkins, were due to arrive in their 28-foot vessel, the Island Lady, at Mary’s Harbour around 5 p.m. on Friday the 17th. However, when they did not show, local fishing crews began the search that evening. The Joint Rescue Coordination ...