Industry Cautiously Optimistic as P.E.I. Lobster Fishery Readies to Open
There is cautious optimism from both harvesters and processors as the start of the spring lobster fishery on Prince Edward Island nears.
“I think we’re going to be in a better position than we were May 1st last year when there was so much uncertainty,” said Gerry Gavin, executive director of the P.E.I. Seafood Producers Association in an interview.
“If you look at where we were last year, there was so much uncertainty and discussions if there should even be a season.”
P.E.I. Industry Hoping to Build off New and Existing Support Programs
There is continued optimism in Prince Edward Island’s seafood industry.
While the COVID-19 pandemic-induced uncertainty and restrictions were a cause for concern at the beginning of 2020 for aquaculture, fisheries and seafood processing sectors in Prince Edward Island, “we feel that industry worked hard and made proper adjustments to mitigate damage and find success,” said Jamie Fox, Minister of Fisheries and Communities in a statement to The Navigator.
“I want to recognize all ...
The Tignish Lobster Trap Tree of Hope
Photos courtesy of Town of Tignish
Ruby Arsenault is very proud of the Tignish, Prince Edward Island lobster trap tree.
“When you drive by it’s like the tree of hope,” she said in an interview.
The first lobster trap Christmas tree was erected in 2018. “We lost two individuals in the fall fishing (season) so it went up that Christmas in memory of them and all other fishermen lost at sea,” said Arsenault.
Another tree was built last Christmas in memory of another ...
P.E.I. Spring Lobster Season Better Than Expected
The 2020 spring lobster season on Prince Edward Island could have been better, but it certainly could have been worse.
“The spring season in a nutshell, I think it went better than most people expected,” said Jerry Gavin, executive director of the Prince Edward Island Seafood Processors Association.
“When we started the season, labour was down 30 per cent, all plants had to have a COVID-19 response plan and protocols in place. There were concerns about the safety of the workers and ...
Sea of Uncertainty as P.E.I. Lobster Fishery Opens
Lobster fishermen on Prince Edward Island were facing a sea of uncertainty as they readied to start their spring season.
With the opening delayed until May 15 for lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 23, 24 and 26 due to a multitude of issues and concerns that have washed ashore for the seafood industry due to COVID-19, it’s “a big picture of variables” going into the season, said Ian MacPherson executive director of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA).
The two-week delay in the ...
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, ...
Demand Has Never Been Stronger for Maritime Boatbuilders
Need for More Skilled Workers is an Ongoing Challenge
Above: Workers at Provincial Boat and Marine Ltd. in Kensington, P.E.I. put the skin coat of fibreglass on a hull mould. Contributed photo
Boatyards throughout the Maritimes are being kept busy with new boat construction, as well as refit, repair and service work.
“The industry has never been busier, said Jay Campbell, spokesman for Provincial Boat and Marine Ltd. in Kensington, P.E.I. “In our over 45 years of ...
On the Waterfront – February 2020
New Processing Facility to be Built in Digby
Construction is expected to start this spring on a new $14.25-million, 43,580-square-foot seafood production facility in the Digby Industrial Park.
Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced in December the approval of a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for fish harvesting and processing company Scotia Harvest Inc.
The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $1,863,333 upon completion of its ...
The Twine Loft – November 2019
Passed On: Albert MacEachern – Cape George, N.S. fisherman
MacEachern, 82, passed away on September 18 at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Born in Antigonish, he was a son of the late Alex and Ruth (Conrad) MacEachern. A lifelong resident of ‘The Cape,’ he was a fisherman and a wooden boat builder. Boat building began at an early age with his father, who taught him the love of boats. When he retired, he began making model boats and lighthouses. Many of his model boats and ...
On the Waterfront – November 2019
Cape Bald Packers Announces Construction of New Lobster Processing Facility
Cape Bald Packers says it will build a new lobster processing facility in Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick after the company lost two plants to separate fires back in February.
The new 50,000-square-foot facility will be located in Cap-Pelé. The company expects the site to be up and running by May 2020, when spring lobster season will kick-off.
Although the company will build a new facility in Cap-Pelé, it decided to ...