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Bluenose Centennial Celebrations Underway

This year marks the 100th anniversary since the launch of Canada’s most iconic sailing vessel, the Bluenose. To honour the anniversary, the Bluenose II, the replica schooner, will be visiting numerous Nova Scotia harbours over the summer, including ports of call in both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. The Bluenose II, shown here, visited Halifax harbour and the Bedford Basin on July 26 and 27. Photos by Tracey Wallace

Air Cargo Logistics Park Nearing Completion at Halifax International

The Air Cargo Logistics Park at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport is expected to be fully open for operations by the end of 2021. “We anticipate the building will be complete in the late summer, at which point our two tenants, Cargojet and First Catch, will get access and begin configuring their spaces,” said Leah Batstone, Communications and Marketing Advisor for the Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA). “It is early days, but we are already seeing the benefit ...

Aquaculture Lease Boundary Amendments Result of New Provincial Regulations

Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd. is going through the process of amending the boundaries at four of its salmon farm sites in Nova Scotia. The boundary amendments are necessary to comply with the new Aquaculture License and Lease Regulations introduced by the province in 2015 that requires all mooring and anchor lines to be inside the lease boundary, explained Joel Richardson, vice-president of public relations for parent company Cooke Aquaculture. “Any shellfish or finfish aquaculture operations ...

Labour Challenges Persist for N.S. Seafood Processors

An aging workforce, the ability to fill entry-level positions and COVID-19 have seafood processors in Nova Scotia looking for creative ways to recruit employees. “Labour shortages are a growing concern for numerous members of the Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance,” said executive director Leo Muise. “Additional workers are often needed when businesses expand production, existing employees leave, or during a seasonal influx of products. It has been a number of years since a shortage of ...

Organizers Hopeful Yarmouth Shark Scramble and Wedgeport Tuna Tournament will be a go

Final decisions on whether or not the Yarmouth Shark Scramble and Wedgeport Tuna Tournament will go ahead this year are going down to the COVID-19 wire. Initially, both events were planned to be a go this summer, but when Nova Scotia went into a month-long lockdown in May, with a phased re-opening starting in early June to help stop the spread of COVID-19, organizers hit the pause button. “We’re hoping to be able to have the tournament,” said Brandon Doucette president of the ...

Moderate Livelihood Fishery Waters Remain Murky

While reports have been filed and a newly-minted Lobster Science Partnership Roundtable held, the stand-off continues for some First Nations and the federal fisheries department on the implementation of a treaty-based moderate livelihood fishery. Even the United Nations has become involved. Going into June, it was anyone’s guess what was going to happen in St. Mary’s Bay, Digby County, which has become ground zero for the on-going stand-off. Chief Mike Sack of the Sipekne’katik ...

LFA 33, 34 Season Closes with Strong Prices

Above: Lonnie Snow Photo   There was a strong shore price right to the end of the six-month commercial lobster fishery in Nova Scotia lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34. The season closed on May 31 with fishermen fetching between $8 and $8.25/pound for their catch. Since the season opened, shore prices have been solid in LFAs 33 and 34. An opening shore price of $7 to $7.25 soon went to $8/pound where it stayed until late January. From there it climbed to a high of $15, ...

Georges Bank Moratorium Up for Renewal

With the Georges Bank moratorium set to expire on Dec. 31, 2022, a review process that examines the environmental and socio-economic impacts of exploration and drilling activities in the region will soon get underway as required by joint federal provincial legislation. Under moratorium since 1988 to all oil and gas exploration and drilling activity, the federal Minister of Natural Resources and the Nova Scotia Minister of Energy and Mines may extend the moratorium in increments of up to 10 ...

SW Nova 2021 Spring Fishery More Promising Than a Year Ago

As the commercial lobster fishery in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34 winds down for the season, a strong shore price supported by low inventory and a world-wide market demand has the industry optimistic. “The spring fishery in lobster and a range of other seafood species looks certainly more promising than one year ago,” said Leo Muise, executive director of the Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance. “Some of the highest pricing ever have been paid in a variety of species, most ...

Nova Scotia Industry Excellence Recognized

Above: Kathy Johnson photo Businesses, individuals and organizations were among the recipients of the 2021 Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister’s Awards of Excellence for Seafood and Sportfishing. The awards were presented virtually on April 22 as part of the annual Ministers Conference and the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia (AANS) Seafarmers Conference. Fred Greene, founder and owner of Fishermen’s Market was presented with the prestigious Seafood Legacy ...