Annual Lobster Trap Christmas Tree Marks 10 Years
Every year, the fishing industry is honoured and those lost at sea remembered on the Municipality of Barrington’s lobster trap Christmas tree.
Built from about 200 wire lobster traps that are recycled from the Municipality’s Construction and Debris Landfill, it takes public works staff about four days to build, said Warden Eddie Nickerson.
The traps are covered with evergreen boughs and decorated with lights and buoys, some in memory of fishermen lost to the sea and others in honour ...
The Twine Loft – November 2019
Passed On: Albert MacEachern – Cape George, N.S. fisherman
MacEachern, 82, passed away on September 18 at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Born in Antigonish, he was a son of the late Alex and Ruth (Conrad) MacEachern. A lifelong resident of ‘The Cape,’ he was a fisherman and a wooden boat builder. Boat building began at an early age with his father, who taught him the love of boats. When he retired, he began making model boats and lighthouses. Many of his model boats and ...
On the Waterfront – November 2019
Cape Bald Packers Announces Construction of New Lobster Processing Facility
Cape Bald Packers says it will build a new lobster processing facility in Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick after the company lost two plants to separate fires back in February.
The new 50,000-square-foot facility will be located in Cap-Pelé. The company expects the site to be up and running by May 2020, when spring lobster season will kick-off.
Although the company will build a new facility in Cap-Pelé, it decided to ...
Awards Handed Out at Splashes of Safety Gala
Above Photo: Captain Keith Colburn addressing the attendees at the Splashes of Safety gala at the Westin Hotel in Halifax on Sept. 27.
Safety excellence in the Nova Scotia fishing industry was celebrated and recognized at the second annual Splashes of Safety gala at the Westin Hotel in Halifax on Sept. 27.
Organized by the Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia (FSANS), well-known Deadliest Catch star Captain Keith Colburn of the F/V Wizard was the guest speaker for the ...
The Twine Loft – October 2019
Passed On: Gregory Bernard – Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation and Shubenacadie Mi’kmaw Nation, N.S. Fisherman
Bernard, 35, passed away on July 31. Born on July 2, 1984, in Antigonish, he was a son of Roger Sark and Nancy Ann Bernard. He was a fishing captain and fishing was his pride and joy and a big part of his life.
Passed On: Jim Morgan – St. John’s, N.L. Former N.L. Provincial Minister of Fisheries
Morgan, 79, passed away on August 4 at Pleasant View Towers in St. John’s. Born ...
On the Waterfront – October 2019
Dorian Packed a Punch but No Major Damage Reported
Fish harvesters in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island were taking no chances and secured their gear and vessels prior to Hurricane Dorian’s arrival on Sept. 7.
And Dorian did not disappoint. Packing high waves, massive storm surges and winds in excess of 100km/h, the first major storm of the season really packed a punch. But the precautions taken by most fishermen appeared to pay off, as there were reports of only minor ...
What Do Lobsters Like to Eat?
St. FX Getting Down to the Biology of it
Above: St. FX students load prototype tripods onto a boat for testing during pilot work for the Bait Responses Project. Blaise MacMullen photo
St. FX University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia is taking a “step-by-step, building-from-the-bottom-up approach” when it comes to identifying alternative bait sources for the lobster fishery.
“The key right now is we’re not testing alternative baits yet. What we’re doing is building a scientific ...
Shark Scramble Provides Important Scientific Research Data
Above: The Oceanographic Environmental Research Society was just one of the groups on hand to collect samples and data during the Yarmouth Shark Scramble. Kathy Johnson photos
Another successful Yarmouth Shark Scramble is in the books.
This year marked the 21st annual event for the popular recreational fishing tournament. A total of 15 vessels carrying 116 participants competed in the scramble that ran from Aug. 14 to 17. The maximum 45 blue sharks were landed with a combined weight ...
Legislation Expected this Fall to Lift N.S. Licence Freeze
The moratorium on the issuance of new licences for fish buying and processing in Nova Scotia could soon be lifted.
“We’re probably going to take legislation to the legislature this fall around that,” said Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell in an interview.
A licensing policy review, initiated after concerns were expressed by industry over a number of things including grandfathered licenses and what are commonly referred to as bingo card licences, has been ...