On the Waterfront – February 2020
New Processing Facility to be Built in Digby
Construction is expected to start this spring on a new $14.25-million, 43,580-square-foot seafood production facility in the Digby Industrial Park.
Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced in December the approval of a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for fish harvesting and processing company Scotia Harvest Inc.
The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $1,863,333 upon completion of its ...
Progress Being Made on New Licensing System for N.S. Fish Buyers, Processors
A Nova Scotia revised regulatory framework for the licensing of fish buying and processing is advancing forward.
“We’re making good progress,” said Osborne Burke, president of the Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance. “We’re not done yet, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Amendments to the provincial Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act approved last fall support the design of the revised regulatory framework.
“The existing regulatory framework of fish buying and ...
Fishing for Phantoms
Using the Local Ecological Knowledge of Fish Harvesters to Assess the Extent of Ghost Fishing Gear in Nova Scotia
In recent years, Canadian and Global public awareness of ghost gear has improved.
Ghost gear is traditionally defined as fishing gear that has been lost or discarded at sea and which continues to fish. This continued trapping of both targeted and bycatch species has negative environmental and economic impacts.
One point of view that has often been overlooked with ...
Industry Reps Pleased Jordan Handed Federal Fisheries Portfolio
Above: Bernadette Jordan. Photo courtesy of bjordan.liberal.ca
The appointment of South Shore-St. Margaret’s Member of Parliament Bernadette Jordan as the new federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard has industry representatives in Nova Scotia optimistic.
“I’m just as happy as I can be,” said Kevin Ross, president of Brazil Rock 33/34 fishermen’s association. “I’ve worked a lot with her in the last three years. She’s gotten me meetings with ...
LFA 33-34 Dumping Day 2019
Above: A fishing boat steams into the West Head wharf on Cape Sable Island for another load of pots while another already loaded heads for the fishing grounds.
Photos by Kathy Johnson
‘It was quite a life’
94-year-old Alva McDormand Recounts Her Many Adventures in the Fishing Boat
For 94 years, Westport Briar Island has been home for Alva McDormand.
Born and raised in a family of seven on the tiny island at the end of Digby Neck, she married her sweetheart Charlie at 17. The couple built a house next to where Charlie grew up in the community, where they raised three children, where fishing was the way of life and where Alva still resides.
In the summers, Alva would go fishing with Charlie, ...
Annual Lobster Trap Christmas Tree Marks 10 Years
Every year, the fishing industry is honoured and those lost at sea remembered on the Municipality of Barrington’s lobster trap Christmas tree.
Built from about 200 wire lobster traps that are recycled from the Municipality’s Construction and Debris Landfill, it takes public works staff about four days to build, said Warden Eddie Nickerson.
The traps are covered with evergreen boughs and decorated with lights and buoys, some in memory of fishermen lost to the sea and others in honour ...
The Twine Loft – November 2019
Passed On: Albert MacEachern – Cape George, N.S. fisherman
MacEachern, 82, passed away on September 18 at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Born in Antigonish, he was a son of the late Alex and Ruth (Conrad) MacEachern. A lifelong resident of ‘The Cape,’ he was a fisherman and a wooden boat builder. Boat building began at an early age with his father, who taught him the love of boats. When he retired, he began making model boats and lighthouses. Many of his model boats and ...
On the Waterfront – November 2019
Cape Bald Packers Announces Construction of New Lobster Processing Facility
Cape Bald Packers says it will build a new lobster processing facility in Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick after the company lost two plants to separate fires back in February.
The new 50,000-square-foot facility will be located in Cap-Pelé. The company expects the site to be up and running by May 2020, when spring lobster season will kick-off.
Although the company will build a new facility in Cap-Pelé, it decided to ...
Awards Handed Out at Splashes of Safety Gala
Above Photo: Captain Keith Colburn addressing the attendees at the Splashes of Safety gala at the Westin Hotel in Halifax on Sept. 27.
Safety excellence in the Nova Scotia fishing industry was celebrated and recognized at the second annual Splashes of Safety gala at the Westin Hotel in Halifax on Sept. 27.
Organized by the Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia (FSANS), well-known Deadliest Catch star Captain Keith Colburn of the F/V Wizard was the guest speaker for the ...