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Tis’ the Season for Lobster Trap and Buoy Christmas Trees

Above photo by Kathy Johnson   Once again, fishing communities along Nova Scotia’s South Shore will be decking waterfronts with boughs of lobster traps and buoys in celebration of both the lobster fishery and the upcoming holiday season. In the Municipality of Barrington, the 13th annual lobster pot Christmas tree, which stands on the North East Point waterfront adjacent to the Cape Sable Island Causeway, will be lit for the season on Nov. 24. The tree lighting kicks off the ...

Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition Makes 2023 Return to Yarmouth

For over 30 years, the Eastern Canadian Fisheries Exposition has been Canada’s most successful commercial fishing show and will return to the Yarmouth Mariners Centre, January 20-21, 2023. Held every two years in southwestern Nova Scotia, this showcase offers visitors an exclusive look at new products and services for the commercial fisheries industry. The show is presented in partnership with the Navigator Magazine, the Voice of Atlantic Canada's Fishing Industry. The event attracts ...

Gear Lending Program Aims to Help Fishermen with New Requirements

The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) has launched the CanFish gear lending program, providing low breaking strength rope and ropeless buoys for fishermen to try in advance of new Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) requirements for non-tended fixed gear fisheries in Atlantic Canada and Québec in 2023. “We can give them a tool,” says Sean Brillant, CWF Senior Conservation Biologist, Marine Programs. Brillant said the gear lending program is designed so that fishermen can borrow ...

Eastern Canyons Marine Refuge Established

Almost 44,000 square kilometres of the North Atlantic along the Eastern Scotian Shelf has been established as a deep-water conservation area located offshore Nova Scotia. The Eastern Canyons marine refuge is located approximately 70 kilometres east of Sable Island and extends to the 200-mile limit, the edge of Canada’s Exclusive Economic Zone. It is adjacent to the Gully Marine Protected Area. “Through engagement with the Province of Nova Scotia, Indigenous organizations and local ...

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 ...