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Wedgeport Tuna Tournament Reels in 200 Fish

Above photo: There were lots of tuna landed during the final weigh-in of the 18th annual Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival on Aug. 27. Kathy Johnson photo     A total of 200 tuna, including 11 bluefins, weighing a total of 19,053 pounds, were caught during the 18th annual Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival from Aug. 20–27. Sixteen fishing boats carrying 125 people participated in this year’s tournament, leaving for the fishing grounds on Aug. 23. Pending the ...

24th Annual Yarmouth Shark Scramble Held

Above photo: The Rogie 1 steams away from Rudder’s wharf, past other Yarmouth Shark Scramble participants, after unloading during the weigh-in on Aug. 20. Kathy Johnson photos     A total of 12 boats carrying 101 participants took part in the 24th annual Yarmouth Shark Scramble from Aug. 17 to 20, landing a total of 35 blue sharks with a combined weight of 8,769 pounds. The three largest blue sharks landed during this year’s scramble were caught by the crew aboard the ...

N.S. Aquaculture Regulations Under Review

The Nova Scotia Aquaculture Regulatory Advisory Committee is expected to make recommendations to Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Steve Craig before the end of the year following a review and consultation process of the province’s aquaculture regulations. The review was a recommendation of the original Doelle/Lahey independent report, A New Regulatory Framework for Low-Impact/High-Value Aquaculture in Nova Scotia (2014), and is part of the Terms of Reference for the Nova Scotia Aquacul...

Safety Deficiencies Found During Small Fishing Vessel Inspections by Transport Canada

While safety on the water is paramount to all commercial fishers, Transport Canada is reporting that it continues to find deficiencies when conducting recent inspections of small fishing vessels in the Atlantic region. “Safety is a shared responsibility and it is important that all segments of the fishing industry continue their contribution to the implementation of the safety culture,” said Sau Sau Liu, Senior Communications Advisor for Transport Canada. Lui said the most common ...

Positive Outlook for Atlantic Canadian Aquaculture Industry

Sustainable growth and development are expected to continue in the aquaculture industry in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. “The aquaculture sector in Nova Scotia is growing steadily,” says Tom Smith, executive director of the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia (AANS). “We’re very positive about the future of aquaculture. Over the last number of years, we’ve seen more interest in aquaculture,” said Smith, noting there are more than 40 applications for leases and ...

Market Challenges Continue for Lobster Industry

Going into the fall, the lobster sector is facing market access challenges in nearly every key market. These challenges will require additional human resources and support by trade organizations to ensure smooth movement of live and frozen lobster products, says Lobster Council of Canada (LCC) executive director Geoff Irvine. “In Europe, we continue to work with live and frozen exporters to transition to the online health certificate system, TRACES NT. In general, this has been a ...

Strong Landings During P.E.I. Spring Lobster Fishery

Rising Operating Costs Negatively Impacted Enterprises’ Bottom Lines   While the final tally isn’t in, lobster landings in Prince Edward Island’s spring lobster fishery were solid this year. “We do not have official landings for the spring 2022 lobster fishery at this point, but reportedly overall landings have been strong. They may be off slightly over last year but officially that remains to be confirmed,” says Molly Aylward, executive director of the P.E.I. Fishermen...

Rights-Based Fisheries Senate Report Draws Criticism

A recent study released by the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans on Indigenous rights-based fisheries, as affirmed in the 1999 Marshall Decision, is being criticized for being biased and unbalanced. The 54-page report, Peace on the Water: Advancing the Full Implementation of Mi'kmaq, Wolastoqiyik and Peskotomuhkati Rights-Based Fisheries, “does not help reconciliation, it hurts it,” said South Shore St. Margaret’s MP Rick Perkins, who is the Conservative shadow federal ...

Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival on Tap for Aug. 20-27

Above: Samples of bluefin tuna are graded before being shipped to market at the 2021 Wedgeport Tuna Festival and Tournament weigh-in. Kathy Johnson photo     After a scaled back affair for the past two years due to COVID-19, the Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival will be back pre-pandemic style this year. “We’re excited to finally be planning on having a more normal Tournament and Festival this year,” says Brandon Doucette, president of the Wedgeport Tuna ...

Record-Setting Replica Mako Shark Unveiled on Yarmouth Waterfront

Above: A life-size replica of the record-setting mako shark caught during the 2004 Yarmouth Shark Scramble has been installed at Rudder’s Wharf on the Yarmouth waterfront. Kathy Johnson photo     In a lead up to this years’ Yarmouth Shark Scramble, a life-size replica of the record-setting mako shark caught during the 2004 Yarmouth Shark Scramble has been installed at Rudder’s Wharf on the Yarmouth waterfront. The shortfin mako shark was caught on rod and reel on Aug ...