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Lobster Hits $20/Pound in Southwestern Nova Scotia

Above: The lobster fishing boat Wave Buster XVII steams out of Pubnico Harbour, bound for the fishing grounds. Kathy Johnson photo   A record-setting price of $20 a pound was being paid to lobster harvesters in southwestern Nova Scotia as March was winding down. “I’ve heard numbers above $19 before but hitting $20 is something new,” said Kris Vascotto, executive director of the Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance. “That’s a big number. The other LFAs (lobster fishing areas) ...

Lack of Understanding of Fire Suppression Systems a Factor in Atlantic Destiny Sinking

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has issued a safety concern regarding insufficient crew knowledge on how to properly use carbon dioxide (CO2) fixed fire suppression systems following the investigation into the sinking of the fishing vessel Atlantic Destiny. With 31 crew on board, the 39.2-metre Atlantic Destiny, operated by Ocean Choice International, left Riverport, Nova Scotia on Feb. 17, 2021 for a 21-day scallop-fishing trip to the fishing grounds near Georges Bank. It ...

Riverside Lobster Permanently Closed

A temporary shutdown has turned into a permanent closure for Riverside Lobster International (RLI) in Meteghan, Digby County. Parent company Champlain Seafood announced on Feb. 13 that Riverside Lobster would not be reopening and will be permanently closed. This shutdown of operations will impact the main lobster processing plant as well as the live lobster holding and export operations. In October 2023, the company announced that Riverside would not process lobster for the fall lobster ...

Emerging Commercial Redfish Fishery a Chance for N.S. Industry to do “Some Really Good Things”

The revival of a commercial fishery, because the stocks have come back, is not something that often happens in Atlantic Canada. In January, federal fisheries Minister Diane Lebouthillier announced the Unit 1 commercial redfish fishery, which has been closed since 1995, will be reopened in two phases, starting this year. “It’s a time in history with the opening of this fishery for people to come together and work collectively in a very positive way, to go forward in a very positive ...

Lacklustre Lobster Season Continues in Southwestern N.S.

Above: Below: The Hit n Miss 1 steams into the Falls Point wharf in Woods Harbour, N.S. during the winter lobster fishery. Kathy Johnson photos   With winter weather finally settling in, the lobster fishery in Southwestern Nova Scotia slowed to a snail’s pace in February. The winter fishery has “been pretty normal considering the way the season started,” said Tommy Amirault president of the Coldwater Lobster Association. “It started down and never really got up, but the ...

SWNS Fish Harvester Associations Rescind Support for Moderate Livelihood Fishery: Decision is Related to “Breach of Faith” by DFO

Commercial fish harvester associations in Southwestern Nova Scotia are calling out the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) for “a flagrant breach of faith” when it comes to First Nations’ moderate livelihood fishing understandings. “It is time for DFO to be transparent on regulation of treaty rights. As leaders in the fishing community, we also know that a resolution to these issues can only be found when all stakeholders have a seat at the table and there is transpare...

Below Average SWNS Lobster Fishery Catches Command Premium Prices

Landings are down but the shore price is up in the lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34 commercial lobster fishery in Southwestern Nova Scotia, impacting live and frozen markets. An opening shore price of $10.50 a pound had increased to $12.25 by the end of December. The 2022/23 season opened at $7.50. The strong shore price is good news for harvesters, says Tommy Amirault, president of the Coldwater Lobster Association. “The lobsters are good quality from what I’ve seen. The ...

N.S. Fishing Industry Stakeholders Making Their Voices Heard in Offshore Wind Assessment Process

A total of 19 Nova Scotia fishing associations have come together to form the Nova Scotia Fisheries Alliance for Energy Engagement in the wake of a regional assessment process starting to provide an analysis for wind development offshore of Nova Scotia. “What we’re trying to do is to find the best way to provide input into the regional assessment process which is ongoing, as well as to help inform the province what they should be thinking about when looking at coastal areas,” said ...

LFA 33, 34 Gear Up for Season Start

Above: LEFT: The Ellen Faye lays berthed at the Lower Woods Harbour wharf with a load of traps, waiting for the lobster fishing area (LFA) 33 and 34 season to open. Kathy Johnson photos   While hopes were high, the market outlook was uncertain as fishermen in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34 were getting ready for the start of the six-month lobster fishery. Fishermen began transporting thousands of lobster traps and gear to local wharves and loading their boats on Nov. 13. ...

Split Start for Southwestern N.S. Lobster Fishery

Above: A Woods Harbour fisherman readies coils of rope trawl to be hoisted aboard a boat at the Lower Woods Harbour wharf as fishermen were gearing up for the opening of the lobster fishing area (LFA) 33 and 34 fishery. Kathy Johnson photos   Lobster fishing area (LFA) 33 fishers got a one day early start to the 2023/24 lobster season while their LFA 34 counterparts had to wait a few days before heading out to set their gear. The season was scheduled to open on Nov. 27 in both ...