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No Resolution in Sight for Moderate Livelihood Fishery Dispute

Above photo: Hundreds of people from as far away as Cape Breton attended a rally in Digby on Oct. 13. Kathy Johnson photo Confusion continues to reign supreme since a self-regulated, moderate livelihood lobster fishery was initiated this fall by First Nations in Nova Scotia. Rallies have been held, violence and property damage has occurred, charges have been laid, a temporary court injunction issued and a federal special representative appointed to facilitate discussions between the ...

The Tignish Lobster Trap Tree of Hope

Photos courtesy of Town of Tignish Ruby Arsenault is very proud of the Tignish, Prince Edward Island lobster trap tree. “When you drive by it’s like the tree of hope,” she said in an interview. The first lobster trap Christmas tree was erected in 2018. “We lost two individuals in the fall fishing (season) so it went up that Christmas in memory of them and all other fishermen lost at sea,” said Arsenault. Another tree was built last Christmas in memory of another ...

Lobster Trap Christmas Trees Celebrate Fishermen and the Season in Port Mouton, Cape Sable Island

Above photo: Buoys in memory of those lost at sea, those who have since passed on and in recognition of active fishers adorn the Municipality of Barrington’s lobster trap Christmas tree. Kathy Johnson photo Lobster trap Christmas trees are once again decked out for the season on Cape Sable Island and Port Mouton on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. This is the third year for the tree at the Port Mouton wharf. The project was initiated by community volunteer Krystie Gatzke and her ...

Port de Grave Lighting up the Season for the 22nd Year

Above photo by Joyce Morgan The spirit of the season will once again be shining brightly this Christmas in Port de Grave, N.L. For the 22nd year, boats at the community wharf will be decorated and lit for the season from Dec. 11 to Jan. 6, 2021. “2020 has been a year for the history books, with snowmageddon (in January) and COVID-19, we are hoping that the harbour will shine so brightly that they will see us in outer space,” said Joyce Morgan, chairperson of the organizing ...

Federal Government Called Upon to Resolve Lobster Dispute

Above Photo: People in support of the moderate livelihood fishery launched by the Sipekne’katik First Nation watch from the rocks near the Saulnierville wharf on St. Mary’s Bay in Digby County. Kathy Johnson photo Moderate Livelihood Fishery Launched by First Nations Creates Unknowns, Confusion and Conservation Concerns for Industry There are more questions than answers in the wake of the self-regulated, moderate livelihood fishery launched by two First Nations bands in Nova ...

The Marshall Decision and the Last 21 Years

Twenty-one years and half a billion dollars (give or take) later, First Nations in Atlantic Canada are still fighting for their treaty right to hunt, fish and gather in pursuit of a ‘moderate livelihood’ as affirmed in the 1999 Supreme Court’s Marshall Decision. Since the landmark decision, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) “has launched several programs in response, beginning with the Marshall Response Initiative, which provided these First Nation communities with licences, vessels ...

LFA 33-34 Lobster Fishery Set to Open Nov. 30

Above photo: Shelburne County lobster fisherman Josh Garron paints buoys for the upcoming season in Southwestern Nova Scotia. Kathy Johnson photos   Weather permitting, the commercial lobster fishery in Lobster Fishing Areas (LFA) 33 and 34 will open on Nov. 30 this year. The largest lobster fishery in Canada, more than 4,000 fishermen will head to sea aboard the 979 licenced vessels in LFA 34 and 683 in LFA 33 for the six-month season. Given the economic turmoil and ...

Roseway Basin Closure Brings Halt to Fishing for Some in Southwest Nova Scotia

For the third year in a row, the presence of North Atlantic right whales has prompted the temporary closure of the Roseway Basin in southwestern Nova Scotia. “This is the first time this season North Atlantic right whales have been detected and temporary closures triggered in Roseway Basin. Similar detections and closures have occurred in Roseway Basin in 2018 and 2019,” said Barre Campbell, DFO media relations. The Roseway Basin temporary closure came on Sept. 14, bring a halt to ...

White Hake Stock Biomass Still Low in 3NO

No significant recruitment is occurring for white hake in NAFO Division 3NO, according to the last stock assessment conducted by the NAFO Scientific Council in June 2019. “In fact, there has been extremely low recruitment since that generated by the very large 1999-year class,” states the scientific report. Based on DFO-NL research vessel survey trends, “the NAFO Scientific Council determined that stock biomass is low,” said Rodney Drover, communications advisor for Fisheries and ...

Unprecedented First Year for Federal Fisheries Minister

It will soon be one year since Nova Scotia MP Bernadette Jordan was sworn in as Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. “We’ve accomplished a lot in the past year,” said Minister Jordan in an interview with The Navigator. “From making sure harvesters are looked after during a difficult time to over 200 fisheries management decisions, launching new funds like the Ghost Gear Fund and the Canadian Fish and Seafood Stabilization Fund. It has been extremely busy.” ...