The Twine Loft – January 2019
Passed On: Ralph Atkinson – Yarmouth, N.S. fisherman
Atkinson, 52, passed away on November 21 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born on May 15, 1966 in Everett, Mass., he was a son of the late Janice (Malone) and Peter Atkinson. He was a skilled carpenter, working on many projects including boats, houses and barns. He was at home on the water and was a fisherman most of his life.
Passed On: Loretta Carroll – Griquet, N.L. fisher
Carroll, 77, passed away on November 7. Born in ...
On the Waterfront – January 2019
Yarmouth to Host Major Commercial Fishing Expo
One of Canada’s longest-running, most successful commercial fishing shows returns to the Yarmouth Mariners Centre in two short months.
The Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition, held every two years in southwestern Nova Scotia, offers a comprehensive showcase of commercial marine products and services. The show is presented in partnership with the Navigator Magazine, the Voice of Atlantic Canada’s Fishing Industry.
“2018 has been ...
The Twine Loft – December 2018
Passed On: Loraine Williams – Port Mouton, N.S. DFO engineer
Williams, 90, passed away on October 9 at the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in South West Port Mouton, Queens County, he was a son of the late Kenneth and Alberta (Daury) Williams. He was an engineer for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for 30 years. Prior to his career with DFO, Loraine fished for Swim Brothers out of Lockeport.
Passed On: Anita Frausel – Port Mouton, N.S. fish plant worker
Frausel, 85, ...
On the Waterfront – December 2018
Fire Destroys St. Mary’s Bay Fish Plant
Another Newfoundland fish plant has been lost to fire.
The Hickey & Sons Fisheries Ltd. fish plant in St. Mary’s Bay was destroyed by an October 26 massive blaze.
The plant was a total write-off.
Between 80 and 100 people work at the plant. It processed lobster, mussels, groundfish, whelk, scallops and pelagic fish, like capelin.
Hickey & Sons Fisheries co-owner Craig Hickey told CBC the plant was insured and that the company ...
On the Waterfront – November 2018
Tuna Fishing Accident Claims Life of N.S. Fisherman
The 68-year-old captain of a tuna charter fishing boat died October 6 after going overboard.
Stevie MacInnis of Arisaig, N.S., went into the water near Murphys Pond. His body was later recovered and brought to Port Hood.
MacInnis ran a tuna chartering company called MacInnis Bluefin Tuna Charters with his vessel the Carrie Anne.
Community members say MacInnis was the longest-serving fisherman from the 23 boats that fish out of ...
Twine Loft – November 2018
Passed On: Michael MacInnis – Arisaig, N.S. Fisherman
MacInnis, 68, passed away tragically on October 6 as a result of a tragic fishing accident. Born in Antigonish, he was a son of the late Gillis and Catherine (MacDonald) MacInnis. For more than 50 years, Stevie was a commercial fisherman on the waters of Nova Scotia. He was very generous with his time in helping others learn the industry and did his best to make sure they were safe and successful. He was the owner and operator of MacInnis ...
On the Waterfront – October 2018
Clearwater Permitted to Fish 100 Per Cent of Arctic Surf Clam Quota
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) confirmed Sept. 11 that the remaining 25 per cent of the 2018 and 2019 Arctic surf clam total allowable catch (TAC) will be made available to the current licence holder, Clearwater, with a view to identify a new participant for the 2020 fishery.
DFO said this decision will allow for the economic benefits to remain in coastal communities while it continues to work to broaden ...
The Twine Loft – October 2018
Passed On: John MacLeod – Inverness, N.S. fisherman and lighthouse keeper
MacLeod, 80, passed away on August 16 at the Inverary Manor, Inverness. He was born on March 4, 1938 in Glencoe Station to Patrick and Elizabeth (Moran) MacLeod. In his younger years, he worked in construction, forestry, fishing and as a lighthouse keeper on Margaree Island during the summer months.
Passed On: Marshall Rapp – Ingomar, N.S. fisherman
Rapp, 79, passed away at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital on ...
Cautious Optimism Greets New Federal Fisheries Minister
Photo by David Greening
More than a few eyebrows were raised when Jonathan Wilkinson was appointed the new Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard on July 18.
The new minister just happens to be the Member of Parliament for North Vancouver. As a result of a recent cabinet shuffle, Prime Minister Justin appointed a fisheries minister from the west coast of the country. Wilkinson replaced the often-times controversial Dominic LeBlanc
It would be an understatem...
On the Waterfront – September 2018
DFO Seeking Input into Atlantic Fishery Regulations Amendments
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has opened consultations into proposed amendments aimed at preserving the independence of commercial inshore licence holders in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.
These amendments to the Atlantic Fishery Regulations aim to preserve the independence of inshore licence holders by adding elements of the key policies supporting the inshore fishery in Atlantic Canada and Quebec into the regulat...