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Georges Bank Moratorium Up for Renewal

With the Georges Bank moratorium set to expire on Dec. 31, 2022, a review process that examines the environmental and socio-economic impacts of exploration and drilling activities in the region will soon get underway as required by joint federal provincial legislation. Under moratorium since 1988 to all oil and gas exploration and drilling activity, the federal Minister of Natural Resources and the Nova Scotia Minister of Energy and Mines may extend the moratorium in increments of up to 10 ...

SW Nova 2021 Spring Fishery More Promising Than a Year Ago

As the commercial lobster fishery in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34 winds down for the season, a strong shore price supported by low inventory and a world-wide market demand has the industry optimistic. “The spring fishery in lobster and a range of other seafood species looks certainly more promising than one year ago,” said Leo Muise, executive director of the Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance. “Some of the highest pricing ever have been paid in a variety of species, most ...

Nova Scotia Industry Excellence Recognized

Above: Kathy Johnson photo Businesses, individuals and organizations were among the recipients of the 2021 Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister’s Awards of Excellence for Seafood and Sportfishing. The awards were presented virtually on April 22 as part of the annual Ministers Conference and the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia (AANS) Seafarmers Conference. Fred Greene, founder and owner of Fishermen’s Market was presented with the prestigious Seafood Legacy ...

Duffy Takes the Helm of the FSANS

Above: The Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia (FSANS) has ensured safety posters are prevalent on wharves throughout Nova Scotia as a reminder for fishermen to work safely. FSANS PHOTOS   EPIRB Registration, New Mobile Training Unit and Recognition of Safety Champions on Radar   COVID-19 hasn’t stopped the Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia (FSANS) from continuing its work to help make the fishing industry more safety conscious and aware. While the ...

Moderate Livelihood Fishery Concerns Continue

All eyes are on the federal government going into the end of the commercial lobster season in southwestern Nova Scotia this year, to see if Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan is good on her word. In a statement issued by Jordan on March 3, “effective this season, we will introduce a new path for First Nations to fish in pursuit of a moderate livelihood, one that addresses much of the feedback we’ve heard over the past year. It’s a path that is flexible, adaptable and based on three ...

Shore Price Hits $13/Pound in LFAs 33, 34

Above: Lobster pots fill the deck of a fishing vessel at the Clark’s Harbour wharf, with lobster cars in the middle of the harbour providing a platform for more traps and lobster ‘hotels.’ Kathy Johnson photo   Lobster fishermen in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34 were fetching $13/pound for their catch in late February. “We are nearing a record price for the product right now,” said Bernie Berry, president of the Coldwater Lobster Association. “There’s not ...

UFCA Seeking Intervenor Status in Moderate Livelihood Fishery Court Case

The Unified Fisheries Conservation Alliance (UFCA), an alliance of commercial fishery stakeholders, intends to seek intervenor status in Sipekne’katik First Nation’s case against the Government of Nova Scotia challenging the regulatory regime governing the purchase and sale of fish and fish products. In a press release, the UFCA said its members are directly affected by the relief sought by Sipekne’katik First Nation and will be seeking intervenor status to ensure the perspectives of ...

AFF Project a Game Changer for N.S. Seafood Industry

Above: Lonnie Snow photo   Almost $14.5 million in funding under the Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF) allocated to the Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance to support equipment and innovation activities for members “is a very beneficial game changer for the seafood industry,” says executive director Leo Muise. The project is one of 11 projects in Nova Scotia that have received  a total of more than $44 million in AFF funding for projects that are concentrated on the adoption of new ...

Billion-Dollar Clearwater Deal With Premium and Mi’kmaq First Nations Coalition Finalized

A coalition of seven Nova Scotia First Nations communities is now the proud co-owner of one of North America’s largest vertically integrated seafood companies and the largest holder of shellfish licenses and quotas in Canada. The billion-dollar sale of Clearwater Seafoods Incorporated to Premium Brands Holdings Corporation and FNC Holdings Limited Partnership, representing a coalition of Mi’kmaq First Nations, was finalized on Jan. 25, after Clearwater shareholders voted overwhelmingly ...

Annual N.S. Fisheries Minister’s Conference Going Digital

The Nova Scotia Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture is once again partnering with the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia (AANS) for the annual Minister’s Conference and the AANS Seafarmers Conference. Only this time around, the conference has gone virtual, with a series of five, 90-minute online seafood industry sessions being held between Feb. 25 and April 8 that are free of charge to attend just by registering online. A sixth conference session will feature the Minister’s ...