The Twine Loft – July 2019
Passed On: Robert Colbourne – St. Lunaire-Griquet, N.L. fisherman
Colbourne, 52, passed away on May 28. He was born on April 25, 1967 to Eliza and Winston Colbourne and was the youngest of three children. He worked hard to provide for his family, unselfishly spending long periods of time at sea. He started fishing with his father when he was a teenager in L’Anse aux Meadows. After he was married, he went to Ontario for three summers sandblasting and painting. He then started fishing in ...
On the Waterfront – July 2019
Fatal Fishing Accident Off Labrador
A 52-year-old veteran Newfoundland fisherman died after falling overboard from an offshore fishing vessel on May 28.
The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) reported that the fisherman, identified as Robert Colbourne of St. Lunaire-Griquet, N.L., went overboard while working on the Newfoundland Victor about 400 kilometres northeast of Nain, between Labrador and Greenland.
The TSB has deployed a team of investigators to St. Anthony, Newfoundland and ...
The Twine Loft – June 2019
Passed On: Niko Clair – Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, N.S. fisherman
Clair, 29, died tragically with his cousin, Ozzy Clair, on April 8, 2019, in his home of Paqtnkek Mikmaw Nation, Antigonish County. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his brothers and loved to teach anyone who wanted to learn. He was a prankster with a contagious laugh and smile. He often volunteered and was there for anyone in time of need, especially when the community needed a fire keeper for ceremonies or funerals. He ...
On the Waterfront – June 2019
FFAW Concerned Over Grieg Aquaculture Applications
On May 2, the FFAW-Unifor said it was notified of three applications by Grieg Aquaculture for sites east of Merasheen Island in Placentia Bay.
The union is now calling on the provincial government to not to move forward with any project approval until it has pursued a proper consultation process with fish harvesters, as this project may put the livelihood of harvesters in the area at risk.
The three sites are for Darby Harbour, Butler ...
The Twine Loft – May 2019
Passed On: Robert Comeau – Meteghan Centre, N.S. machinist
Comeau, 86, passed away on March 3 at home. Born in Meteghan River, he was a son of the late Albenie and Marguerite (Melanson) Comeau. He joined the army on August 4, 1950 where he trained at Camp Borden and afterwards in Petawawa with the 1st Battalion R.C.R. He was awarded his Paratroopers Wings on Jan. 26, 1951 in Rivers, Manitoba. Robert served in Korea from March 1952–March 1953. He was awarded the U.N. Medal, Korean Medal and ...
The Twine Loft – April 2019
Passed On: Murray Ossinger – Gunning Cove, N.S. fisherman
Ossinger, 89, passed away at the Roseway Hospital on February 13. Born in Watertown, Maine, he was a son of the late Hilburne and Eva (Goulden) Ossinger. He was an avid fisherman all his working life.
Passed On: Martin Fisher – Southwest Port Mouton, N.S. fisherman
Fisher, 57, passed away on February 8 at the Queens General Hospital, Liverpool. Born in Liverpool, he was a son of Hazel (Allison) Fisher of Port Mouton and the ...
On the Waterfront – April 2019
Aerial Surveillance Contract Awarded to N.L. Company
The federal government recently announced that it is awarding a five-year, $128 million contract to PAL Aerospace, an international aerospace and defence company based in St. John’s.
This new contract will provide fisheries officers with longer range aircraft, expanding their range of operations and giving them enhanced tools to combat illegal fishing and increase Canada’s maritime security. The contract will also allow high-fishing ...
The Twine Loft – March 2019
Passed On: William Parsons – Salmon Cove, N.L. labour
Parsons passed away on January 26 at the Carbonear General Hospital following a brief bout with pancreatic cancer. He left his home in Flatrock at the age of 16 to teach, but soon realized that the classroom was not for him, so he moved on to the iron ore mine in what is now Labrador City. Having not yet reached the mandatory age to work in the mine, he worked in the kitchen until his 18th birthday. He signed his first union ...
On the Waterfront – March 2019
Cooke Acquires Seajoy Seafood
Cooke Inc. recently announced the completion of its
acquisition of the Seajoy Seafood Corporation group, one of the largest
vertically integrated, premium shrimp farms in Latin America.
“The acquisition of Seajoy is an important element in our focus on product diversification to meet our customers’ needs,” said Glenn Cooke, CEO of Cooke Inc. “Seajoy is a world-leading shrimp producer utilizing the highest quality and food safety standards and newest ...
Night and Day Difference Between Lobster Fishing in P.E.I. and S.W. Nova Scotia
In Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island, Jesse Bell is
captain of his own 43-foot wooden lobster fishing boat, How Boat That.
However, for a few months for the past four winters, he has
found himself back aft on lobster boats in southwestern Nova Scotia, working in
a fishery that is as different as “night and day” as the one back home in
Like many Maritimers, Bell grew up in a fishing family,
spending a day here and there out fishing with his father. By the time he was
14 or ...