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N.S. Oyster Producer Taking Alternative Approach to Financing

Trevor and Michelle Munroe left their careers behind to farm oysters out of Sober Island, Nova Scotia over a decade ago, during which they’ve weathered COVID-19 and two major hurricanes. Now, despite their setbacks, the Munroe’s are looking to grow their business through community investments through Goparity. Goparity is a community lending platform that seeks to “provide access to alternative financing for companies with a positive impact on the people and the planet.” Emily ...

A Day in the Life: A Photographer Goes Lobster Fishing

The day starts early. I need to be up by 5 a.m., have some breakfast and fill the Thermos with coffee for the upcoming day on the water. A quick check of the weather tells me that the day should be calm but cool. I will be spending the day with local fisherman Kevin Mitchell. His boat, the Early Day, is docked in Boutiliers Cove in the community of Hacketts Cove, Nova Scotia. Kevin has been fishing in St. Margarets Bay for some time now, and for the most part, he harvests alone, although ...

Emerging Commercial Redfish Fishery a Chance for N.S. Industry to do “Some Really Good Things”

The revival of a commercial fishery, because the stocks have come back, is not something that often happens in Atlantic Canada. In January, federal fisheries Minister Diane Lebouthillier announced the Unit 1 commercial redfish fishery, which has been closed since 1995, will be reopened in two phases, starting this year. “It’s a time in history with the opening of this fishery for people to come together and work collectively in a very positive way, to go forward in a very positive ...

N.S. Fish Buyer, Processor Licensing Policy Review Nearing Completion

With consultation from industry, a review of the fish buyer and fish processor licensing policy by the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture is drawing to a close. “We need a fair and modern licensing policy in Nova Scotia — one that supports the seafood industry, inspires investor confidence and generates economic returns for fishing communities,” said JoAnn Alberstat, communications advisor for the Department. “The fish buyer, fish processor licensing review was ...

Winter Fishing Slows in LFAs 33 and 34

Some days in January it seemed there were more lobster traps coming ashore than lobsters in the southwestern Nova Scotia lobster fishery. Water temperatures are unusually cold in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34 this winter and overall, lobster landings continue to be low for many fishers. “The catches haven’t been that great. There hasn’t been a lot landed this year,” said Lockeport lobster buyer Mike Cotter, Cotter’s Ocean Products. Cotter said water temperatures are ...

Lobster Quality Up While Catches Are Down in LFA 33-34 Survey

The 2023 Atlantic Lobster Moult and Quality Survey (ALMQ), conducted by the Coldwater Lobster Association and the Université Sainte-Anne, found that the quality of lobsters increased from the previous year, while catch rates went down. The surveys take place in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34, where researchers take 150 sample lobsters in each of their eight predetermined survey sites. These sites are located in four general areas, each of which has an “inside” and “outside” ...

N.S. Fishing Industry Stakeholders Making Their Voices Heard in Offshore Wind Assessment Process

A total of 19 Nova Scotia fishing associations have come together to form the Nova Scotia Fisheries Alliance for Energy Engagement in the wake of a regional assessment process starting to provide an analysis for wind development offshore of Nova Scotia. “What we’re trying to do is to find the best way to provide input into the regional assessment process which is ongoing, as well as to help inform the province what they should be thinking about when looking at coastal areas,” said ...

Drills and Documenting with Fish Safe NS

As the lobster season is about to kick off in southwest Nova Scotia, Fish Safe NS wants people to know that it is important for fishing vessels to not only perform regular safety drills, but also routinely document them. According to the executive director of Fish Safe NS, Dylan Buchanan, Transport Canada is seeking to ensure vessels not only have safety plans in place but that they are documented and practiced. An easy way to keep all this information in place, said Buchanan, is to utilize ...

N.S. Company Serves Up Lobster for the Microwave

What began as an idea to avoid the lingering smell of boiling lobster has led Lobster Made Easy founder and CEO Mark Lowe to expand his microwaveable product from Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia to as far away as Texas. The idea began shortly after Lowe, a commercial real estate developer, had sold a business of his and built a new home. Lowe had recently bought a couple of lobsters from the grocery store and decided to treat himself to a nice meal, only to meet resistance from his wife Corrina. ...

The Nova Scotia Lobster Fleet is Ready to Go Electric, With Some Help

Oceans North, a charitable organization that seeks to encourage the adoption of policies to address issues with climate change, has identified Nova Scotia’s lobster fleet as a prime candidate for switching to fully electric propulsion. Brent Dancey, Oceans North’s Director of Marine Climate Action, said that while many sectors across the country have made moves to enact cleaner, greener changes to reduce carbon emissions and pollution, the fishing industry has fallen behind the global ...