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 ...
Spring Landings Down in SW Nova Lobster Fishery
The spring lobster fishery in southwestern Nova Scotia “hasn’t been much” says Bernie Berry, president of the Coldwater Lobster Association.
Never mind the multitude of issues and concerns that COVID-19 has caused, foul weather and cold water temperatures have also impacted fishing efforts and landings this spring, said Berry.
“I suspect for March and April catch-wise, you might have to go back 20 to 25 years to see that few lobsters landed, for a whole myriad of reasons,” said ...
Cermaq Bids Farewell to Nova Scotia
Aquaculture giant Cermaq Canada has bid farewell to Nova Scotia, recently letting all options to lease sites, awarded by the provincial government, expire.
The decision came just a little over a year after Cermaq began investigating the feasibility of expanding its salmon farming operations into Nova Scotia.
“We knew that we would need to identify between 15 and 20 viable farm sites spread throughout the four option areas in order to achieve the required annual production. Unfortunate...
On the Waterfront – April 2020
Conservation Groups Welcome Ruling on Hatchery Expansion
Ecojustice, on behalf of grassroots groups and individuals concerned about the health of wild Atlantic salmon stocks, welcomed the recent Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador’s decision on the Indian Head Hatchery Expansion Project.
Ecojustice went to court in November 2019 on behalf of the Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland, the Freshwater-Alexander Bays Ecosystem Corporation, the Port au Port Bay Fishery Committee, ...