Opportunity is Knocking
Above photo by Mark Blundon
As it is with every profession, the fishing industry is not devoid of myths, fallacies and distortions.
One of the most common falsehoods, especially in Atlantic Canada, is the widespread view that the commercial fishery is in decline and offers few long-term employment opportunities. In fact, as you all know, nothing could be further from the truth.
In Nova Scotia, notably in the Southwest region, the value of seafood catches, particularly lobster, has ...
No Resolution in Sight for Moderate Livelihood Fishery Dispute
Above photo: Hundreds of people from as far away as Cape Breton attended a rally in Digby on Oct. 13. Kathy Johnson photo
Confusion continues to reign supreme since a self-regulated, moderate livelihood lobster fishery was initiated this fall by First Nations in Nova Scotia.
Rallies have been held, violence and property damage has occurred, charges have been laid, a temporary court injunction issued and a federal special representative appointed to facilitate discussions between the ...
Federal Government Called Upon to Resolve Lobster Dispute
Above Photo: People in support of the moderate livelihood fishery launched by the Sipekne’katik First Nation watch from the rocks near the Saulnierville wharf on St. Mary’s Bay in Digby County. Kathy Johnson photo
Moderate Livelihood Fishery Launched by First Nations Creates Unknowns, Confusion and Conservation Concerns for Industry
There are more questions than answers in the wake of the self-regulated, moderate livelihood fishery launched by two First Nations bands in Nova ...
Cautious Optimism Surrounds Opening of LFA 35 Fishery
There’s some optimism among licence holders as the first of the fall commercial lobster seasons in western Nova Scotia gets ready to open.
October 14 is dumping day in lobster fishing area (LFA) 35 in the Bay of Fundy.
“The old guys used to say if you didn’t catch them in the spring, you’ll catch them in the fall” and considering the spring season was “historically awful, I think there’s a lot of optimism among the licence holders in LFA 35 because the last few days of the ...
N.S. Inshore Scallop Fishery on an Even Keel
Above photo: Cape Sable Island fisherman Garrett Cottreau passes a bag of scallop meats to be weighed during the last offload of the season on Aug. 28 at the Clark’s Harbour wharf. Kathy Johnson photo
Another scallop season is in the books for Cape Sable Island fisherman Garrett Cottreau, president of the Tri-County Scallop Association.
“We just finished fishing east of Baccaro (scallop fishing area 29 F). This year there were scallops everywhere. It was phenomenal,” said ...
Labour Shortage Continues to Hamper Nova Scotia Boatbuilding Industry
While the Nova Scotia boatbuilding industry seems to be riding out the COVID-19 wave, finding skilled labour continues to be a major issue.
In general, the demand seems to be still healthy for fishing boats, said Jan Fullerton, executive director of the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association (NSBA). “The biggest issue is the same as before the pandemic, the shortage of skilled labour.”
Fullerton said answers are varied from boatyards in the province on whether or not COVID-19 has ...
Lobster Exporters Cautiously Optimistic Markets Will Continue to Recover
Above photo by Kathy Johnson
While lobster exporters have been facing some COVID-19 obstacles moving product into China this summer, not all the news is bad.
“In general, markets have recovered faster than we expected and we are cautiously optimistic that this will continue through the summer,” said Geoff Irvine, executive director of the Lobster Council of Canada (LCC).
Irvine said the European Union markets are “opening slowly with volumes increasing in live and processed ...
Nova Scotia Fish Farms Global Leaders in Sustainability
It is an unfortunate reality that fish farming has been the subject of sustained misinformation campaigns in recent months.
What makes this disturbing is that fish farming supports thousands of essential jobs in rural communities across Atlantic Canada — jobs that have become even more precious during these difficult economic times. For more than 40 years, Nova Scotians have supported marine fish farming and recognized that it can coexist with other fisheries on working waterfronts.
The Twine Loft – August 2020
Passed On: Isaac Kettle – St. Lawrence, N.L. fisherman
Kettle, 33, passed away suddenly at sea on May 26.
Passed On: William O’Brien – Bay Bulls, N.L. businessman
O’Brien, 79, passed away on June 25 at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital. Born on January 21, 1941, he owned and operated a number of fish businesses in a career spanning six decades. As a businessman, he was fortunate to visit many places throughout the world bringing with him a passion for Newfoundland and Labrador and ...
Alternate Bait Research Yielding Positive Results
The winner of last year’s Lobster Bait Challenge in Nova Scotia anticipates being in commercial production by this fall providing an alternate bait source for the industry.
Clare Machine Works, represented by Vince Stuart, took the $30,000 prize for the challenge, which was supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and led by industry in conjunction with ACOA, Western Regional Enterprise Network, Perennia and Ignite Labs. Participants who pitched their ideas had ...