Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Inshore Lobster Fishery Achieves MSC Certification
The Bay of Fundy, Scotian Shelf and Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence lobster trap fishery (Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) has achieved certification to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard.
Following an independent assessment conducted by SAI Global, lobsters sourced from this fishery are now eligible to bear the blue MSC ecolabel which demonstrates they come from a well-managed, environmentally sustainable source.
This fishery joins an elite group of 259 MSC certified fisheries ...
Long Hard Winter
Fisherman in the Shippagan and Lameque areas of New Brunswick had to endure a harsh winter and late spring as shown in these recent photos.
Ice Delaying Start of Gulf Lobster Fishery
The Journal Pioneer is reporting the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is delaying the opening of spring lobster fisheries in parts of P.E.I., New Brunswick and Nova Scotia due to ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
The delay impacts Lobster Fishing Areas 24 and 26A in P.E.I., LFA 23 in northern and northeastern New Brunswick, 26B in the Pictou and Cheticamp areas of Nova Scotia and LFA 27 off Cape Breton.
The season was due to open April 30 in most of those areas. No firm date on the ...
Federal Government Invests More Than $36 Million in 14 New Brunswick Harbours
Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, joined by Tilly O’Neill-Gordon, Member of Parliament for Miramichi, announced April 15 that the Government of Canada will invest a minimum of $36.2 million over the next two years to improve safety and working conditions for fishermen at 14 fishing harbours in Northeast New Brunswick.
The $36.2 million investment highlighted today will support the following harbour projects:
Caraquet – upgrading of the electrical system;
Escuminac – ...
Area Closed to Fishing
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has closed an area of Shediac Harbour to fishing bivalve molluscs.
A portion of Shediac Harbour inside a line drawn from grid reference 379667E 5121485N, eastward to grid reference 381756E 5122009N, then northward to grid reference 381755E 5122280N, then west to grid reference 379154E 5123547N, near Shediac Cape is closed for fishing of any species of clams, mussels, oysters and any other bivalve molluscs, including bay scallops in the Province of New ...
Ship’s Crew Hospitalized After Eating Tainted Fish
Health officials in New Brunswick say food poisoning has hospitalized the majority of the crew from a ship in the port of Saint John, the Canadian Press reported.
The ship involved is the Panama-registered Balsa 85 and the crew is from the Philippines.
Fourteen of 19 crew members are in serious but stable condition at Saint John Regional Hospital after eating toxic fish on the ship Saturday.
CP reported that the tainted fish was caught in international waters and there is no risk to ...
Canada’s Largest Commercial Marine Event Announces Dates for Next Show
Moncton, NB – This coming January will see the return of Fish Canada Workboat Canada to the Moncton Coliseum Complex. Taking place January 22-23, 2016, this is the nation’s largest commercial marine tradeshow. Showcasing the latest in products and services that keep Atlantic Canada’s marine-based industries running strong, this is a must-attend event for all those who make their living on, in, and around the water.
Fish Canada Workboat Canada is held biennially and the 2016 edition ...
Still on the Water
New Brunswick Fisherman Exchanges Lobsters for Tourists
For three decades Ron Cormier sailed the waters in a 43-foot lobster boat making his living as a lobster fisherman.
He pulled his traps, season after season, working hard to provide for his family even during the years when catches and prices were low.
But these days, rather than fishing crustaceans, Cormier is teaching tourists from all over the world about it through his business, Shediac Bay Cruises and Lobster Tales.
New Brunswick Sturgeon Caviar Business Growing
Breviro Caviar has come a long way from its early days of a research project to a company selling a distinct product worldwide.
Jonathan Barry is the president and director of the company, started in the early 1990s by a few scientists at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick. At the time, studies were being conducted on shortnose sturgeon, the Acipenser Brevirostrum in the St. John River.
This got scientists thinking that maybe shortnose sturgeon could be ...
Smelt Fishing: A Dying N.B. Tradition?
Years ago, the frozen rivers and bays of Northern New Brunswick were busy places.
Not only did the ice provide a means of winter transportation, it came alive with the sights and sounds of smelt fishing.
Hundreds of pickets and poles dotted the waterways to hold the nets in place. There was net upon net up and down the Tabusintac River and out in the bay. Shanties were pulled with horses from nearby shores onto the ice or onto the beaches. Men lived in these small hovels from Monday to ...