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, ...
Interim Report Attempting to Find a Way Forward in Pursuit of a Moderate Livelihood Fishery
Above: Hundreds of people attended a rally in Digby on Oct. 13 calling on the federal department of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister Bernadette Jordan to take action to resolve the moderate livelihood fishery dispute and to bring all parties to the table. Kathy Johnson photo
“Establishing trust and respect is an important first step” for implementing the right to fish in pursuit of a moderate livelihood, said Allister Surette in his interim report to federal Fisheries ...
Date Change for Major Commercial Fishing Expo
Canada's longest-running, most successful commercial fishing show is being postponed. The Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition traditionally takes place around the end of January at the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Organizers behind the show have made the decision to delay this year’s edition until June 4-5, 2021.
The 2021 dates for this biennial event were originally slated for slightly later than usual in early March, with hopes for more consistently positive developments ...
Investigation Ongoing into Chief William Saulis Sinking
Above: The scallop boat Chief William Saulis. Contributed Photo
As the new year dawned, the search continued for the Chief William Saulis and the five fishermen who went missing with the vessel in the early morning hours of Dec. 15 in the Bay of Fundy.
Aaron Cogswell, Leonard Gabriel, Daniel Forbes, Eugene Francis and the boat’s captain, Charles Roberts, were still missing as The Navigator was going to press. The body of crewman Mike Drake was found the same night the ...
Nova Scotia Seafood Exports Still Strong Despite COVID-19
Minister Confident Industry is Up to the Task to Overcome 2021 Challenges
Above: Lonnie Snow photo
In spite of the impact COVID-19 had on markets in 2020, seafood exports from Nova Scotia are still expected to top the $2-billion mark when all is tallied for the year.
“Despite the year’s troubles, we are still able to proudly proclaim Nova Scotia as Canada’s top exporter of seafood for five years running, and seafood as Nova Scotia’s highest valued export at about ...
LFA 34 Season Opening
The season in lobster fishing area (LFA) 34 was late starting due to inclement weather. The all-important lobster season off Southwest Nova Scotia kicked off on Dec. 8 instead of the scheduled Nov. 30.
Kathy Johnson photos
Safety on the Water Must Take Precedent
Above photo by Lonnie Snow
The year 2020 is nearly in the rearview mirror.
Feel free to take a moment and let out a collective sigh of relief here.
Who knows what 2021 has in store for us, but could it possibly be any more strange, troubling or unprecedented than the last 12 months?
This past year will go down in history as one of the most turbulent for the fishery in Southwest Nova Scotia. Not only was the industry rocked by the global impacts of the COVID-19 ...
Don’t Fear Expansion of Indigenous Fishing Rights
The Canadian lobster industry is in turmoil over Indigenous fishing rights.
In 1999, the Canadian supreme court ruled that Mik’maq and other First Nations had harvest rights that had to be recognized by the Canadian government. For decades, this was never implemented.
For that reason, the Sipekne’katik First Nation began a test case, issuing 11 licenses themselves, limited to 50 traps each and began to fish lobster in Southwestern Nova Scotia during the closed season. This led to the ...
Possible Agreement Forthcoming?
Above photo by Lonnie Snow
Draft MOU from DFO on Moderate Livelihood Lobster Fishery Under Review by Sipekne’katik First Nation
Could there finally be a resolution on the horizon to the months-long moderate livelihood lobster fishing dispute in Nova Scotia?
A draft memorandum of understanding (MOU) from federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan was being considered by the Sipekne’katik First Nation in December.
“This agreement has the potential to be a historic ...
Lobster Season Underway in Southwest Nova Scotia
Above photo: The lobster season in LFA 33 opened on Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 in LFA 34. Kathy Johnson photos
There wasn’t a peaceful, easy feeling for the commercial lobster fishing sector in Southwest Nova Scotia as the all-important six-month season opened in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34.
Threats of gear tampering by First Nations had harvesters on high alert, while COVID-19 has lobster buyers monitoring market conditions day by day.
“I would say that the sector ...