Fish Safe NS Adds Mobile Training Unit and New Programs
Above: Fish Safe NS has added a mobile training unit to its tool chest for promotion and support of all things safety in the Nova Scotia fishing industry. The mobile training is used when Fish Safe NS is doing wharf visits and man overboard drills. Contributed
Splashes of Safety Celebration Returning in 2022 After a Two-Year Absence
A mobile training unit, a new Safety Equipment and Training Subsidy Program and a mental health and wellness initiative have been rolled ...
2019 Fatal Sinking of Captain Jim Attributed to Compromised Stability
Regulatory Surveillance by TC Didn’t Identify Vessel Modifications that Affected Stability and Watertight Integrity
The installation of freeing ports during a refit on the undecked Captain Jim’s hull is what led to the fatal sinking of the vessel in Halifax Harbour in the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 2019, concluded a Transportation Safety Board (TSB) investigation released last fall and corrected in February.
“After the publication of this report, the TSB obtained ...
Spring Fishing Ramping Up After Harsh Winter Weather
Above: Kathy Johnson photo
With two months to go before the six-month commercial lobster season closes in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34, the fishing fleet will be back on the water in full force come April in southwestern Nova Scotia.
Going into March, the fishery had slowed to a crawl with severe winter storms keeping the fleet ashore and even prompting some fishermen to land their gear.
“February has been a challenge, the weather,” said Tommy Amirault, ...
Aquaculture Review Board Decision Draws Both Fire and Applause
The recent decision by the Nova Scotia Aquaculture Review Board (ARB) to permit an amendment to the boundary of the marine finfish licence and lease held by Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. (AQ#1039) at the Rattling Beach site in Annapolis Basin, Digby County is drawing sharp criticism from opponents.
“The Board is satisfied that there will be no negative, or any, impact of this amendment on any of the eight statutory conditions,” states the 34-page decision released on Jan. 28.
“As noted, to ...
Certification Brings Recognition as Seafood Ambassadors for N.S. Companies
Since being launched last June, seven Nova Scotia seafood companies have received certification under the Nova Scotia Seafood Quality Program (NSSQP).
The program provides certification for the province’s top exported seafood products, including live and processed lobster, oysters, sea scallops, Atlantic halibut and 13 other species.
“Companies have been expressing interest in this new program and the certification process. They want to learn more about the program’s benefits,” ...
Fish Harvesters Registration and Certification Board of Nova Scotia Up and Running
A certification process that validates fishers’ level of skill and ability, investments in training costs and support for the harvesting sector are the three main objectives of the Fish Harvesters Registration and Certification Board of Nova Scotia, which was launched last October.
Nova Scotia fish harvesters can obtain and pay for their Personal Fisher Registration (PFR) through the new board for a $50 fee.
“PFR fees collected through the board stay here in Nova Scotia and are used ...
SWNS Lobster Fishery in Winter Crawl Mode
Above: The Zena Marie steams by as crates of lobster are being offloaded from the fishing vessel Big Jim at the Falls Point wharf in Woods Harbour. Kathy Johnson photos
Another North Atlantic winter has set in and the water temperatures have dropped, as have the catches in the southwest Nova Scotia lobster fishery going into February.
“The last week or so it’s come in cold. The catches have dropped down quite a bit in the last week,” said Lockeport lobster buyer Mike ...
New Minister at Nova Scotia’s Fisheries Helm
It’s been six months since Nova Scotia MLA Steve Craig took on the Fisheries and Aquaculture portfolio.
“My entry into the world of Nova Scotia’s seafood industry has come at a very interesting time, a time of challenge and opportunity,” said Craig.
“And I am excited about it. I became minister in August and immediately toured multiple processor sites and aquaculture operations around the province, meeting many of the hard-working industry members who help keep the polish on our ...
Halifax International Boat Show Postponed
Boating Atlantic and Master Promotions Ltd. are announcing the postponement of the Halifax International Boat Show, which was scheduled for March 3-6, 2022. The next edition of the Halifax International Boat Show will now take place in February 2023.
With the province announcing the extension of the current restrictions into mid-February, the runway has become far too short to present a quality event for both the exhibitor and attendee.
Promising Spring Ahead!