Land-Based Salmon Hatchery in Digby County Next Big Project for Kelly Cove
The development of a new land-based salmon hatchery near Centreville on Digby Neck is the next big project on the books in Nova Scotia for Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd., the Atlantic Canadian salmon farming division of family-owned Cooke Aquaculture Inc.
The $60-million construction project is to be a world-class recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) and is expected to take three years to build.
“The difference with the Centreville facility, it’s considered a post moult facility so salmon ...
Full Production of P.E.I-Manufactured Alternative Bait Expected by October
Above: Wally MacPhee and Mark Prevost, founders of Bait Masters in Nine Mile Creek, P.E.I., plan to begin full production of their alternative bait product this fall. Contributed photo
A Prince Edward Island company has plans to be in full production of an alternative bait product for the lobster and snow crab fisheries by this October.
Bait Masters was founded by Mark Prevost and Wally MacPhee of Nine Mile Creek, P.E.I. Prevost was a commercial fisherman, while MacPhee ...
Fundian Channel-Browns Bank MPA Committee Starts Work
Above: The Deep Discoverer Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) explores the Fundian Channel. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Deep Connections 2019
An advisory committee tasked with looking into the potential designation of the Fundian Channel-Browns Bank Area of Interest (AOI) as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) under the Oceans Act has begun meeting.
The Fundian Channel-Browns Bank was identified as an AOI for an MPA in 2018 because of its ...
Big Catches, Record Shore Prices in P.E.I. Lobster Fishery
It’s been a banner year so far for the lobster industry on Prince Edward Island.
The landings have been solid, the shore price record-setting and processors have been able to secure an adequate workforce.
“We got our labour and we got our labour on time,” said Jerry Gavin, executive director of the P.E.I. Seafood Producers Association.
Gavin said there were some challenges in getting temporary foreign workers to Canada this year. Workers from Mexico and the Caribbean had to be ...
Interest in Unit 1 Redfish Experimental Fishery Growing
Biomass at Highest Observed Level Since 1984
A total of 13 projects from Atlantic Canada and Quebec have been approved for the Unit 1 redfish 2021/22 experimental fishery.
Last season (2020/21), only four vessels participated in the experimental fishery and seven in the index fishery for a total of 11 vessels.
“The number of vessels that will be active in the 2021/22 experimental fishery for Unit 1 depends on whether the 13 successful project proponents for the experimental fishery ...
Moderate Livelihood Fishery Waters Remain Murky
While reports have been filed and a newly-minted Lobster Science Partnership Roundtable held, the stand-off continues for some First Nations and the federal fisheries department on the implementation of a treaty-based moderate livelihood fishery.
Even the United Nations has become involved.
Going into June, it was anyone’s guess what was going to happen in St. Mary’s Bay, Digby County, which has become ground zero for the on-going stand-off.
Chief Mike Sack of the Sipekne’katik ...
Boom Times in the Eastern Gulf Snow Crab Fishery
Snow crab fishermen in Atlantic Canada are receiving record prices for their catches this spring.
“It certainly has reached a level we have never seen before,” said Osborne Burke, general manager at Victoria Cooperative Fisheries in Cape Breton.
“If someone said to me in March the price was going to be $4.50, $5/pound, I would have said yes. If someone said it was going to be $8/pound, I would have said they were crazy.”
For Cape Breton fishermen, the snow crab fishery opened ...
Georges Bank Moratorium Up for Renewal
With the Georges Bank moratorium set to expire on Dec. 31, 2022, a review process that examines the environmental and socio-economic impacts of exploration and drilling activities in the region will soon get underway as required by joint federal provincial legislation.
Under moratorium since 1988 to all oil and gas exploration and drilling activity, the federal Minister of Natural Resources and the Nova Scotia Minister of Energy and Mines may extend the moratorium in increments of up to 10 ...
SW Nova 2021 Spring Fishery More Promising Than a Year Ago
As the commercial lobster fishery in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34 winds down for the season, a strong shore price supported by low inventory and a world-wide market demand has the industry optimistic.
“The spring fishery in lobster and a range of other seafood species looks certainly more promising than one year ago,” said Leo Muise, executive director of the Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance.
“Some of the highest pricing ever have been paid in a variety of species, most ...
Nova Scotia Industry Excellence Recognized
Above: Kathy Johnson photo
Businesses, individuals and organizations were among the recipients of the 2021 Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister’s Awards of Excellence for Seafood and Sportfishing.
The awards were presented virtually on April 22 as part of the annual Ministers Conference and the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia (AANS) Seafarmers Conference.
Fred Greene, founder and owner of Fishermen’s Market was presented with the prestigious Seafood Legacy ...