On the Waterfront – April 2020
Conservation Groups Welcome Ruling on Hatchery Expansion
Ecojustice, on behalf of grassroots groups and individuals concerned about the health of wild Atlantic salmon stocks, welcomed the recent Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador’s decision on the Indian Head Hatchery Expansion Project.
Ecojustice went to court in November 2019 on behalf of the Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland, the Freshwater-Alexander Bays Ecosystem Corporation, the Port au Port Bay Fishery Committee, ...
Nova Scotia is the Gold Standard for Aquaculture
Recently there’s been a lot of talk about aquaculture and Nova Scotians deserve to have their questions answered.
But without the facts, we can’t have an honest conversation. Recent information circulating about the aquaculture industry is inaccurate and fails to recognize it for the safe, sustainable, growth-oriented industry that it is.
For more than 40 years, Nova Scotians have supported marine fish farming and recognized that it can co-exist with other fisheries on working ...
Coronavirus Causing Losses for Local Lobster Industry
2020 SENA in Boston Postponed
Above: Shore workers at the Lower Woods Harbour wharf stack a crate of tubed lobsters onto a pallet for the next stage of their journey to market. Kathy Johnson photo
The loss of the Chinese market for live lobster due to the coronavirus this winter has caused major losses for the seafood industry in southwestern Nova Scotia.
“There’s been so much money lost its going to be hard to rebound from this one,” said Lockeport lobster dealer ...
Surf Clam Fishery Partnership Exceeds Expectations in First Year
A landmark agreement announced in March 2019 between Clearwater Seafoods and 14 First Nations communities in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, that forged a 50-year partnership in the Arctic surf clam fishery, is reportedly exceeding expectations.
“Year one of the partnership fostered through this landmark agreement has exceeded our expectations,” said Christine Penney, Clearwater vice-president.
“Tangible benefits are being generated for all parties. Year one has been a ...
Gear Innovation Summit Explores Options for Whale-Safe Fishing Gear
Exploring options for whale-safe fishing gear and finding innovative ways to prevent, retrieve and recycle lost or discarded fishing gear was the focus of the two-day Gear Innovation Summit, hosted by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in Halifax on February 11 and 12.
The Summit brought together more than 250 harvesters, industry representatives, fishing gear manufacturers, marine mammal responders, ENGOs and government officials from Canada, the United States, Iceland and Norway. ...
Colwell Pleased with New Minister’s Conference Format
Above: The TriNav Group of Companies booth at the recent Minister’s Conference. Zach Whynot was representing TriNav Fisheries Consultants.
With more than 825 people registered, upwards of 100 speakers, panelists and moderators and over 80 trade show exhibitors attending this year, the annual Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister’s Conference has grown into one of the “biggest fisheries events in Canada now,” says Minister Keith Colwell.
N.S. Minister’s Conference Partnering with Aquaculture Association
With a lineup of nearly 100 speakers and a program full of industry topics, the 22nd annual Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister’s Conference, being held Feb. 25–27 in Halifax, is on course to be the largest yet.
New this year, the Minister’s Conference is being held in partnership with the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia’s (AANS) SeaFarmer’s Conference to co-host “the largest fisheries and aquaculture conference in Canada,” said Scott Samson, ...
Halifax International Boat Show Running this Week at Halifax Exhibition Centre
Starting this Thursday, visitors will get a glimpse of the year’s largest display of watercraft in the Maritimes at the Halifax International Boat Show. Held at the Halifax Exhibition Centre February 6th through 9th, the show welcomes a variety of the region’s top dealers, hundreds of models and exhibitors, and features to entertain the whole family.
The Halifax International Boat Show has been Atlantic Canada’s premiere boating show for over 40 years. Products typically showcased ...
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 ...