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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...

Filming Giants

P.E.I. Documentary Bluefin Examines History and Plight of Province’s Famous Giant Tuna All his life John Hopkins had wanted to catch a bluefin tuna. Growing to massive sizes, well in excess of 1,000 pounds and incredibly strong swimmers, bluefin are revered all over the world. “Every fisherman’s dream is to catch a giant bluefin. It’s one of the most powerful fish in the sea,” remarked Hopkins. But that was then. If you asked him that same question today — the answer ...

Seaweed Dreams

P.E.I. Man Celebrating a Decade Since He Sold His Dairy Quota For Kelp “This is it. This is our finished product.” As he spoke, Joe Dorgan plunged his hefty, calloused hand into the container in front of him, emerging with a small mound of finely crushed, dark plant material. It was dried seaweed, a mixture of rock weed, Irish moss, kelp and furcellaria, all collected from beaches across Prince Edward Island and crushed at Dorgan’s facility in Sea Cow Pond, near the western tip of the ...

Boat Backlog

Wait for New Fibreglass Fishing Vessels up to Five Years on P.E.I. If you’re a fish harvester on P.E.I. and are just starting to think about investing in a new boat — you might be in for a few delays. A glut of orders for new fishing vessels continues in the province, with no end in sight. If a captain were to walk in to Colleen Avery’s office at Doucette’s Boat Building in Miminegash, P.E.I. today and was willing to put down a deposit, she’d tell them that they could be ...

The Dutchman in the Promised Land – Part II

Last month, we introduced you to a hard-working fishing skipper from Souris, Prince Edward Island. Bert Boertien moved to Canada from Holland in 1950, two months before his 18th birthday. After trying his hand at farming on Prince Edward Island for a couple of years, Bert later decided on a life at sea and went fishing. In 1959, he purchased the 65-foot dragger North Bay, the first of a series of vessels that he would own or captain as he carried out a very successful fishing career for over 30 ...

Back on the Water: Signs Point to Good Spring Season for P.E.I. Lobster Harvesters

April 26, 2017 dawned on Prince Edward Island with a roar of engines as more than 1,000 boats sailed from their home ports to the, hopefully, fertile lobster grounds around the province. The weather was ideal, a far cry improvement from some setting days in recent years, when obstacles like harbours choked with ice and dangerously high winds have made major problems for harvesters. But there was nary a sniff of bad tidings this year as the fleet set sail for Lobster Fishing Areas (LFA) 24 ...

Changing Course

P.E.I. Lobster Harvester Sells License to Follow Dream of Opening Craft Brewery What’s that old business saying? “Location, location, location.” We’ll, nobody bothered to share that gem of wisdom with fishermen-turned-brewmaster Eric Wagner. And you know what? It probably wouldn’t have made much difference anyway — turns out if you sell a good beer, people will go out of their way to find you. Wagner spent 32 years as a fisherman, sailing out of western Prince Edward ...