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Recurring Safety Deficiencies Identified in TSB Report on 2018 Atlantic Sapphire Sinking

Many of the safety issues identified in the investigation of the Atlantic Sapphire sinking are known and recurrent in the fishing industry, says the Transportation Safety Board (TSB). The Atlantic Sapphire, out of Lower West Pubnico, was fishing the Georges Bank when it sank on Dec. 13, 2018. The crew of three were rescued by the Angelo O, also out of Lower West Pubnico, which was fishing nearby. “The investigation found that the vessel was operating beyond its stability limits. When ...

PFDs: The Most Talked About Safety Topic in the Industry

Above: Participants in a FSANS safety training exercise. FSANS photo   While it appears that more and more fish harvesters are wearing personal flotation devices (PFDs) when on the water, there is still a way to go in getting the safety message out and improvements to the life saving device. In both Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, provincial labour regulations stipulate that PFDs must be worn if there is a risk of drowning, applying not only to the fishing industry, ...

NL-FHSA About to Release Five-Year Strategic Plan

Above: Photo by CCGA   A five-year strategic plan being released this spring by the Newfoundland and Labrador-Fish Harvesting Safety Association (NL-FHSA) will build on the foundation of further enhancing the safety culture in the fish harvesting industry. “It’s a pretty comprehensive plan,” said Brenda Greenslade, executive director of the NL-FHSA in an interview. “It covers a number of areas, but the framework for it is that we’re building on the foundation. We ...

Duffy Takes the Helm of the FSANS

Above: The Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia (FSANS) has ensured safety posters are prevalent on wharves throughout Nova Scotia as a reminder for fishermen to work safely. FSANS PHOTOS   EPIRB Registration, New Mobile Training Unit and Recognition of Safety Champions on Radar   COVID-19 hasn’t stopped the Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia (FSANS) from continuing its work to help make the fishing industry more safety conscious and aware. While the ...

Shore Price Hits $13/Pound in LFAs 33, 34

Above: Lobster pots fill the deck of a fishing vessel at the Clark’s Harbour wharf, with lobster cars in the middle of the harbour providing a platform for more traps and lobster ‘hotels.’ Kathy Johnson photo   Lobster fishermen in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34 were fetching $13/pound for their catch in late February. “We are nearing a record price for the product right now,” said Bernie Berry, president of the Coldwater Lobster Association. “There’s not ...

UFCA Seeking Intervenor Status in Moderate Livelihood Fishery Court Case

The Unified Fisheries Conservation Alliance (UFCA), an alliance of commercial fishery stakeholders, intends to seek intervenor status in Sipekne’katik First Nation’s case against the Government of Nova Scotia challenging the regulatory regime governing the purchase and sale of fish and fish products. In a press release, the UFCA said its members are directly affected by the relief sought by Sipekne’katik First Nation and will be seeking intervenor status to ensure the perspectives of ...

Application Process Open for Relinquishing 4RST Groundfish Licenses

The Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA) is once again offering Island fishermen a financial incentive to relinquish their 4RST fixed gear groundfish licence. The PEIFA 4RST Fixed Gear Groundfish Rationalization Program “was the vision of the late Tony Carter who sat on both the PEIFA Groundfish Advisory Board as well as our PEIFA Board of Directors,” said Jennifer Dewland administration and funding coordinator for the PEIFA via email. “Tony always looked at the ...

AFF Project a Game Changer for N.S. Seafood Industry

Above: Lonnie Snow photo   Almost $14.5 million in funding under the Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF) allocated to the Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance to support equipment and innovation activities for members “is a very beneficial game changer for the seafood industry,” says executive director Leo Muise. The project is one of 11 projects in Nova Scotia that have received  a total of more than $44 million in AFF funding for projects that are concentrated on the adoption of new ...

LFA 33, 34 Seasons Continue on an Even Keel

Above: Fishing boats line up to offload their catch of the day at the Falls Point wharf in Woods Harbour. Kathy Johnson photo   It has been steady as she goes for the first two months of the southwest Nova fishery in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34. “It’s been very steady,” said Lockeport buyer Mike Cotter of Cotter’s Ocean Products. “It hasn’t been a crazy season like normal years when there would be an $11/pound shore price, two days later it would be $13, ...

Industry Cautiously Optimistic as P.E.I. Lobster Fishery Readies to Open

There is cautious optimism from both harvesters and processors as the start of the spring lobster fishery on Prince Edward Island nears. “I think we’re going to be in a better position than we were May 1st last year when there was so much uncertainty,” said Gerry Gavin, executive director of the P.E.I. Seafood Producers Association in an interview. “If you look at where we were last year, there was so much uncertainty and discussions if there should even be a season.” Going ...