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Number of Indigenous Communities Participating in East Coast Fisheries Continues to Grow

Since the Supreme Court Marshall Decision was handed down in 1999 affirming First Nations’ treaty right to fish, hunt and gather in pursuit of a moderate livelihood, participation in the commercial fishery by Indigenous communities and fishers has grown. “Over the past 21 years, DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) has provided over $630 million to participating Indigenous communities to help develop fishing enterprises for multiple species, which has included vessels and gear, as ...

Landings, Shore Prices, Markets Down for Southwest N.S. Lobster Fishery

Above: Donnie Smith and his daughter Chrissie fish for lobster alongside the Cape Sable Island Causeway. Kathy Johnson photo   The opening month of the lobster fishery in southwestern Nova Scotia has been a perfect storm of decreased landings, markets and prices and foul weather. “For members of the Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance, the opening of the LFA 33 and 34 lobster season has been extremely challenging,” says executive director Leo Muise. “Inflation, diminished ...

Lobster Season Begins in SW Nova

With the lobster season off and running in Southwestern Nova Scotia, regulators want harvesters to be aware of the risks involved. Vessels will be loaded with traps and gear, increasing the risk of an accident, especially in inclement weather. “Boarding boats in the cold and dark, at the mercy of the weather and the sea, makes fishing dangerous work. Safety is a crucial priority,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Steve Craig. “One tragedy is one too many, so we urge ...

Tis’ the Season for Lobster Trap and Buoy Christmas Trees

Above photo by Kathy Johnson   Once again, fishing communities along Nova Scotia’s South Shore will be decking waterfronts with boughs of lobster traps and buoys in celebration of both the lobster fishery and the upcoming holiday season. In the Municipality of Barrington, the 13th annual lobster pot Christmas tree, which stands on the North East Point waterfront adjacent to the Cape Sable Island Causeway, will be lit for the season on Nov. 24. The tree lighting kicks off the ...

Awards of Excellence Highlight N.S. Minister’s Conference

An estimated 570 people attended the 24th annual Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister’s Conference on Oct. 12 and 13 at the Halifax Convention Centre. The conference, entitled Navigating the Future: Quality and Reliability through Innovation, was held in partnership with the Seafarmers Conference of the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia. More than 50 exhibitors took part in the conference in addition to the line-up of speakers. “The conference went ...

LFA 35 Fishermen “Devastated” by Opening Price

Above photo by Kathy Johnson     An opening shore price of $6 to $7/pound in lobster fishing area (LFA) 35 in the Bay of Fundy, which opened on October 14, is proving to be challenging for harvesters. “Fishermen are saying they are devastated by the price. It’s not even a break-even price,” says Colin Sproul, president of the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association. “It’s not sustainable at that price.” With the cost of fuel, bait, gear and boats ...

Lobster Season Set to Open in Southwestern Nova Scotia

Above: Woods Harbour fisherman Edsel Graham (left) and his son Nicholas overhaul lobster traps in preparation for the upcoming lobster season in southwestern Nova Scotia, scheduled to open Nov. 28. Kathy Johnson photo     Thousands of harvesters will be aboard more than 1,700 fishing vessels when the lobster season opens in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34 on Nov. 28. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is allowing for up to two days of flexibility in the opening date ...

Industry Slams Red List Designation for Lobster and Snow Crab

When the U.S.-based Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program red listed Canadian lobster and crab as seafood to avoid due to entanglement risks with North American right whales (NARWs) in September, it didn’t take long for Atlantic Canadian industry stakeholders to react. “We need to stand up and push back on what Seafood Watch represents: activism masquerading as science,” say the Lobster Council of Canada (LCC) and the Lobster Processors Association in an opinion piece. “We ...

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 ...