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DFO Releases New Data on Ghost Gear Program

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) gave an overview of the department’s Ghost Gear Program to the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association and provided an update on the program’s progress. Beth Ann Hawco, Regional Ghost Gear Coordinator with Fisheries and Oceans Canada N.L. Region, highlighted the program’s achievements up to the end of 2023. Given that projects are still ongoing, Hawco said the updated numbers are usually released a few months behind. DFO tracks their ...

Ashored Innovations Addresses Ropeless Issues and Plans for the Future

Stephen Jones of Ashored Innovations, a Bedford, Nova Scotia-based ropeless fishing gear company, addressed some of the concerns fishers have with rope on-command gear and discussed the company’s future plans. Jones serves as Ashored Innovation’s Chief Business Development Officer. The company, which was founded in 2018, specializes in creating ropeless fishing gear. Ashored’s traps, known as Modular Ocean Based Instruments (MOBIs), sit on the bottom of the ocean and lack a ...

Development of SmartNet Fishing Trawl System by Katchi Technologies Continuing

A SmartNet fishing trawl system that eliminates contact with the ocean floor, reduces greenhouse emissions and the loss of gear is expected to be ready for commercial sales in 2024. Katchi Technologies Inc. of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia has been developing the system for several years now. Founded by Marc d’Entremont, the idea behind the SmartNet system is to eliminate the use of traditional trawl doors by using a set of hydrodynamic blocks to open and fly the net in the water column, enabling ...

Whale Entangled in LFA 33 Gear Found in N.L. Waters

A humpback whale, found entangled in rope in Newfoundland waters from lobster fishing area (LFA) 33 fishing gear, was successfully freed from its extra baggage by Newfoundland and Labrador’s Whale Release and Strandings group in July. “Fishermen saw it over several days and kept telling us about it,” said Julie Huntington co-director of the group. “We went out for one day and couldn’t find it but we did the next.” Huntington said the whale was entangled in rope from lobster ...

Project R3D: Giving Old Plastic a New Purpose

Above photo: Project R3D attended the Enactus Regional Exposition for Atlantic Canada, where they won the Scotiabank Climate Change Challenge award. From plastic bottles to fishing gear, Project R3D is taking plastic waste in Newfoundland and Labrador and giving it new life. The project was created through Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Enactus program — a student entrepreneurial program that “strives to solve environmental, social and economic issues through entreprene...