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On the Waterfront – April 2018

Body of Missing Captain Recovered After Grounding of Fisherman's Provider II The body of the fourth person who was on the Fisherman’s Provider ll, 64-year-old Roger Stoddard, the captain of the vessel, was recovered at approximately 8:30 a.m. Feb. 8 by local fishermen. The vessel struck what is commonly known as Frying Pan Shoal, near Canso, at approximately 8 p.m. on February 6. Three men were rescued that evening from the boat while a fourth remained onboard. The rescue effort was ...

Twine Loft – March 2018

Passed On: Aaron Christmas – Membertou First Nation, N.S. Fisherman Christmas, 34, passed away January 27 at home. He was the son of Joyce Paul (Gordie Reid) and Alexander Christmas (Carol Mettalic). He worked for the Membertou Band as a fisherman. Passed On: Bill Ringer – Shelburne, N.S. Lighthouse Keeper Ringer, 76, passed away January 13 at the Roseway Hospital in Sandy Point. Born in Louis Head, Lockeport, he was a son of the late William Raymond and Lorena Edith (MacDonald) ...

On the Waterfront – January 2018

Clearwater Unveils Newest Addition to Clam Fleet On December 1, Clearwater Seafoods welcomed the Anne Risley into its fleet of clam vessels during an official ceremony at Pier 21 in Halifax. The company said the new vessel further strengthens Clearwater’s commitment to delivering the highest quality, frozen-at-sea, wild-caught Arctic surf clams to its customers around the world. “The Anne Risley represents a $70-million investment to replace an existing 31-year-old clam vessel with a ...

The Twine Loft – January 2018

Passed On: Allan Christopher DeBaie – Cape George, N.S. Fisherman DeBaie, 33, formerly of Mabou, passed away on November 7. He was born in Inverness and was a son of Albert and Elizabeth (O’Brien) DeBaie. He was employed as a fisherman and spent the last 14 seasons fishing alongside his father, and enjoyed his time on the sea. In addition, for the last four years, he worked as a drywall taper and interior/exterior painter, operating his own company, Caper’s Tapers and Painters. ...

On the Waterfront – December 2017

Canada’s Largest Commercial Marine Event a Near Sell-Out With exhibit booth space nearly sold out, excitement is mounting for the next edition of Fish Canada Workboat Canada, returning to the Moncton Coliseum Complex on January 26-27, 2018. This biennial event is Canada’s largest commercial marine trade show. It welcomes those who make their living on, in, and around the water, along with those who provide the related products and services to keep Atlantic Canada’s marine-based ...

Flipping an Industry

Above photo: Island Aquatech founders Dylan MacIsaac, Brett McDermott and Jordan Sampson with their oyster cage flipper prototype. The three University of Prince Edward Island students are hoping to turn a second-year engineering project into a viable commercial business. Submitted photos UPEI Students Launching Aquaculture Tech Company Based on School Project In 2016, three second-year engineering students at the University of Prince Edward Island were assigned to meet with a local ...

Concern Replacing Optimism in LFA 25

Fall P.E.I. Lobster Fishermen Face Disappointing Lull in Price Per Pound There was a great deal of optimism this year as Prince Edward Island lobster fishermen with fall licences started gearing up for their season — but it didn’t last. There are about 254 boats from P.E.I. who participate in the Northumberland Strait lobster fishery in Lobster Fishing Area (LFA) 25. The season runs this year from Aug. 8 to about Oct. 8. By any leap of logic, the captains had good reason to have a ...

On the Waterfront – October 2017

Marine Institute Receives Funding for Eelgrass Restoration Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard recently announced that the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador will receive $4.7 million over five years for a project to help restore eelgrass ecosystems in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. The Marine Institute is the first group in Newfoundland and Labrador to receive project funding through the fund. The ...

On the Waterfront – September 2017

N.L. Fisheries Advisory Council Holds First Meeting Newfoundland and Labrador’s newly formed Fisheries Advisory Council held its first meeting August 3, beginning its work to maximize the value of available fish resources to the provincial economy through a collaborative stakeholder approach. The council will focus on both current and emerging strategic fisheries and aquaculture matters, including a new strategic action plan on cod revitalization that focuses on environmental sustainabi...