Contract Awarded for Bulk Oil Removal From Manolis L
The Department of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced today that a contract, valued at $15,106,400.00, has been awarded to Ardent Global LLC for the removal of bulk oil from the Manolis L shipwreck near Change Islands in Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Manolis L, which sank to a depth of more than 70 metres in 1985 off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, lay dormant until April 2013 when cracks in the hull, coupled with a powerful storm, allowed some ...
Growing Concerns Over Proposed Scotian Shelf Petroleum Exploration
Approval is pending on two offshore petroleum projects on the Scotian Shelf off the coast of Nova Scotia.
BP Canada Energy Group ULC (BP) wants to conduct a deep-water drilling exploration project in the Scotian Basin that could see as many as seven wells drilled in waters 230 to 370 kilometres off the southeast coast, along the Scotian Shelf between 2018 and 2022 (exploration licences 2431, 2432, 2433 and 2434).
Statoil Canada Ltd. is seeking the approval of 3D seismic survey exploration ...
Government Document is an Insult to Fishing Industry
I have read many Government of Canada documents.
Some of them caused me to roll my eyes, some of them caused chuckles, some were examples of great work and there has been one document that was the most insulting thing I have ever read.
That insulting document is the reason I write this letter.
The Canadian Government is about to designate a part of the ocean as an MPA (marine protected area). Before they do so, they are asking for input from the general public and the document they are ...
No Definite Answer to Fish Kill Question
No Definite Answer to Fish Kill Question
Society expects science — medical and physical — to solve all problems and when it doesn’t, questions abound on what use science is if it cannot attend to all pressing needs.
Fish kills aren’t unknown is in this vast country — a lot of them in fresh water systems, caused by runoffs of this or that chemical from industrial sources.
On the briny side of the coin, it isn’t uncommon each summer to see dead whales or dolphins wash up on our ...
Fishermen Must Form United Front if Industry is to Survive
Tidal turbines in migratory and spawning areas, a proposed ban of lobster imports from North America by Europe, oil and gas sites which could wipe out lobster/groundfish/scallop grounds, and mega-wind farms in the most productive lobster fishing grounds on the planet are all problems which must be met head on.
The only way for success — as the NORIGS group showed in preventing fossil fuel drilling on the Canadian side of Georges Bank — is for the fishing industry to act as one voice.
Lobster Forum: An Important Step in the Right Direction
In my more than four score and five years of observing the commercial lobster fishery in Atlantic Canada, one thing has remained constant; the inability of any one organization, association or union of fish harvesters in LFA 34 (South Western Nova Scotia) to have enough glue to hold together for any appreciable amount of time.
Groups like the Nova Scotia Fishermen’s Association and the most recent one emerging out of the Barrington-Clark’s Harbour, area, evolved from crisis situations. ...
Slick Methods Used to Assess Manolis L Oil Tanks
Coast Guard Awaiting Report on Best Options to Deal With Worrisome Shipwreck
The North Atlantic is littered with shipwrecks from the many vessels sunk during times of war to the countless others claimed by raging storms, heavy seas and groundings, ice damage, and mechanical failure and fire.
What’s different about the old rusting shipwreck MV Manolis L, however, is the huge amount of oil still in its cargo tanks as it lies in 200 feet of water on the seabed in Newfoundland’s Notre Dame ...
Levy, Wind Turbines in the Mix for LFA 34 Lobster Fishermen
The word around South West Nova Scotia is that when lobstermen don’t spill buckets of tears over the state of their industry, things are rosy indeed.
This being the case, the past fall and spring lobster fishery have been exceptional — prices opened at $6/pound in November and closed at $6/pound at the end of the fishery May 31st.
In-between, prices fluctuated upwards, reaching $10/pound in mid-winter, a common occurrence as weather at that time permits very few fishing days.
Mega Projects May Not Be the Only Way to Go
Pictured above: Location of Ann's Bank off Cape Breton
Every coastal community in Atlantic Canada has seen the brain and brawn drain of our younger generation in the past decade or so, brought on by the lack of economic opportunities down here compared to the streets of gold in the Alberta oil patch.
How things have changed.
We now have an exodus of our young people returning to the fatherland due to the collapse of the oil and gas industry — due in large part to the actions of ...
Concerns Continue to Be Raised Over N.S. Oil Industry Expansion
During the fall, a delegation from Norway visited Newfoundland to expound the virtues of longlining over other fishing methods, in producing a higher quality product.
They have been practicing this principle for decades and the proof is in the fact that Norwegian and Icelandic cod has a well-earned reputation as being the best quality in the world.
It is rather ironic that in November, the Canada-Nova Scotia Petroleum Board approved the sale of two properties, almost abutting the Canadian ...