Providing No More – Part II
On February 6, 2018, the fishing vessel Fisherman’s Provider II left port in Canso, Nova Scotia on a five-day halibut fishing trip. After nearly two hours of erratic steaming behavior, including going around in circles just off Canso, the vessel ran hard aground on a well-known shoal. At first, the skipper and three crewmembers had plenty of time to comfortably get off the vessel, but the captain, Roger Stoddard, was apparently not about to leave his vessel under any circumstances. This is ...
Another Deadliest Catch Captain to Headline Splashes of Safety Gala
Above photo: Captain Keith Colburn shared stories of the Bering Sea with Splashes of Safety guests in 2018. This year Deadliest Catch star Captain Casey McManus of the F/V Cornelia Marie will be the guest speaker for the evening. Contributed Photo
Safety excellence in the Nova Scotia fishing industry will be 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 ...
Legislation Expected this Fall to Lift N.S. Licence Freeze
The moratorium on the issuance of new licences for fish buying and processing in Nova Scotia could soon be lifted.
“We’re probably going to take legislation to the legislature this fall around that,” said Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell in an interview.
A licensing policy review, initiated after concerns were expressed by industry over a number of things including grandfathered licenses and what are commonly referred to as bingo card licences, has been ...
On the Waterfront — September 2019
CCGS Baie de Plaisance Commissioned in the Magdalen Islands
The Minister of National Revenue, Diane Lebouthillier, on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Jonathan Wilkinson, was in Cap-aux-Meules recently to participate in the official commissioning of the new high endurance, self-righting search and rescue lifeboat, named CCGS Baie de Plaisance.
The vessel was built by the Forillon shipyard and delivered to the Coast Guard in November 2017. To ...
A Monster Exhibit: Model of Record Catch to be Unveiled at Yarmouth Shark Scramble
Above photo: Yarmouth Shark Scramble co-founder Bob Gavel poses with the record-setting short-fin mako shark when it was landed in 2004. A life-size replica of the mako will soon be on display on the Yarmouth waterfront at Rudder’s Wharf, home of the tournament. Contributed photo.
A life-sized replica of the record-setting mako shark caught during the 2004 Yarmouth Shark Scramble will soon be on display at Rudder’s Wharf on the Yarmouth waterfront.
“We just ordered it yesterda...
Dalhousie Conducting Oil Spill Research
Risk assessments of potential oil spills in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and improving strategies for oil and water separation (oil decanting) are the focus of two research projects being conducted by Dalhousie University in Halifax.
The projects are being funded under the Multi-Partner Research Initiative of the Ocean Protection Plan.
“Through the Multi-Partner Research Initiative, our government is fostering scientific knowledge to help protect our waters and coasts from oil spills ...
Providing No More
“It was totally bizarre.”
That was the way veteran Canso fisherman Billy Bond described it. And, his sentiments, more or less, sum up the feelings of the fishermen and most other people in Canso, Nova Scotia, when talking about the loss of the Fisherman’s Provider II and especially the death of the vessel’s captain, Roger Stoddard.
Owned by Fishermen’s Market International Inc., the 43-foot fibreglass fishing vessel was docked at the company’s wharf in Canso, located on the ...
Hail-out Requirement Removed From At-Sea Data Collection Program
At-sea data collection in the southwestern Nova Scotia lobster fishery will be continuing next season, but gone will be the hail-out requirement that was part of the program delivery last season.
“The decision to remove the hail-out requirement as part of at-sea data collection for LFAs 33, 34 and 35 for the 2019-2020 fishing season was made based on feedback from harvesters and at-sea observer companies, and in consultation with First Nations,” said the Department of Fisheries and ...
The Twine Loft – July 2019
Passed On: Robert Colbourne – St. Lunaire-Griquet, N.L. fisherman
Colbourne, 52, passed away on May 28. He was born on April 25, 1967 to Eliza and Winston Colbourne and was the youngest of three children. He worked hard to provide for his family, unselfishly spending long periods of time at sea. He started fishing with his father when he was a teenager in L’Anse aux Meadows. After he was married, he went to Ontario for three summers sandblasting and painting. He then started fishing in ...
On the Waterfront – July 2019
Fatal Fishing Accident Off Labrador
A 52-year-old veteran Newfoundland fisherman died after falling overboard from an offshore fishing vessel on May 28.
The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) reported that the fisherman, identified as Robert Colbourne of St. Lunaire-Griquet, N.L., went overboard while working on the Newfoundland Victor about 400 kilometres northeast of Nain, between Labrador and Greenland.
The TSB has deployed a team of investigators to St. Anthony, Newfoundland and ...