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 ...
Nova Scotia Aquaculture Review Board Holds First Open-Pen Salmon Farm Boundary Amendment Hearing
The case has been made both for and against an application by Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. for a boundary amendment to their marine finfish licence and lease (AQ#1039) known as the Rattling Beach site in Annapolis Basin, Digby County.
The public hearing for the application, held Nov. 15 to 18 in Yarmouth, was the first ever public hearing on an open pen salmon farm held by the Nova Scotia Aquaculture Review Board (ARB).
“Within 30 days of a hearing, the Board will issue a decision, including ...
Halifax International Boat Show Set to Return in February
Atlantic Canada’s largest boating event is set to return to the Halifax Exhibition Centre, February 3-6, 2022. The Halifax International Boat Show has been Atlantic Canada’s premiere boating show for over 40 years. Products typically showcased include the latest in runabouts, cruisers, motor yachts, pontoon boats, fishing boats, inflatables, RIBS and personal watercraft. The show also offers exhibits of marine equipment, engines, outboard and inboard, marine electronics and accessories, ...
Lobster Trap, Buoy Trees Celebrate the Season in Southwestern Nova Scotia
Above photo: West Pubnico, N.S. Kathy Johnson photo
The start of the LFA 33 and 34 lobster fishery and the Christmas season are being celebrated in southwestern Nova Scotia this year with three community lobster pot Christmas trees and a buoy tree.
Started last year, the 24-foot buoy tree, topped with a two-foot radar reflector, stands stately on the Dennis Point wharf in Lower West Pubnico.
A project of the West Side Improvement Society, the buoy tree was constructed out ...
N.S. Eco-Friendly Marine Coatings Being Commercialized in 2022
Two environmentally-friendly marine coatings developed in Nova Scotia that have been proven to reduce fuel consumption and lower underwater noise are expected to be on the market next year.
A recent study has found XGIT™-Fuel developed by Dartmouth-based Graphite Innovation and Technologies (GIT) can reduce fuel consumption by as much as 20 per cent and an accompanying product, XGIT™-URN, can reduce underwater noise by six or seven decibels.
“We’re trying to create a ...
Moderate Livelihood Fishery Being Pursued During Established Seasons
An interim understanding between Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and four First Nations in western Nova Scotia has Indigenous fishers pursuing a moderate livelihood this season in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33, 34 and 35.
Bear River, Annapolis Valley, Acadia and Glooscap First Nations jointly developed the Kespukwitk Netukulimk Livelihood Fisheries Management Plan for lobster that led to the interim understanding with DFO.
Bear River and Annapolis Valley First Nations will designate ...
Lobster Prices: An Early Christmas Gift?
As many folks are now well into cobbling together their Christmas lists, harvesters in this region have only one thing on their collective minds — hitting the water.
Yes, Santa does not need to be involved to make this the most exciting time of the year in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33–34 in southwest Nova Scotia. And if early price predictions hold true, and of course, the weather cooperates, lobster fishermen might be on the precipice of a very, very good season.
This time last ...
Fisheries Safety Association Rebranded Fish Safe N.S.
Above photo: Fish Safe N.S. has a new mobile training unit to use when visiting wharves around the province to promote safety on the water. Contributed
The Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia has a new name and a new mobile training unit that has been put to good use this fall as commercial lobster fisheries in southwestern Nova Scotia gear up for the season.
The conversation to change the association’s name to Fish Safe N.S. started over a year ago, said Matthew ...
Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival Back on Deck
Above photo: Samples of bluefin tuna are graded before being shipped to market at the Wedgeport Tuna Festival and Tournament weigh-in. Kathy Johnson photos
The fishing was fine at the 17th annual Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival on Aug. 21 to 28 with a total of 69 tuna landed, tipping the scales at a total of 12,255 pounds.
Each of the 16 fishing vessels that took part in this year’s tournament tagged a bluefin tuna (6,981 pounds). A total of 35 big eye (4,731 ...