The Twine Loft – December 2018
Passed On: Loraine Williams – Port Mouton, N.S. DFO engineer
Williams, 90, passed away on October 9 at the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in South West Port Mouton, Queens County, he was a son of the late Kenneth and Alberta (Daury) Williams. He was an engineer for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for 30 years. Prior to his career with DFO, Loraine fished for Swim Brothers out of Lockeport.
Passed On: Anita Frausel – Port Mouton, N.S. fish plant worker
Frausel, 85, ...
On the Waterfront – December 2018
Fire Destroys St. Mary’s Bay Fish Plant
Another Newfoundland fish plant has been lost to fire.
The Hickey & Sons Fisheries Ltd. fish plant in St. Mary’s Bay was destroyed by an October 26 massive blaze.
The plant was a total write-off.
Between 80 and 100 people work at the plant. It processed lobster, mussels, groundfish, whelk, scallops and pelagic fish, like capelin.
Hickey & Sons Fisheries co-owner Craig Hickey told CBC the plant was insured and that the company ...
On the Waterfront – November 2018
Tuna Fishing Accident Claims Life of N.S. Fisherman
The 68-year-old captain of a tuna charter fishing boat died October 6 after going overboard.
Stevie MacInnis of Arisaig, N.S., went into the water near Murphys Pond. His body was later recovered and brought to Port Hood.
MacInnis ran a tuna chartering company called MacInnis Bluefin Tuna Charters with his vessel the Carrie Anne.
Community members say MacInnis was the longest-serving fisherman from the 23 boats that fish out of ...
Twine Loft – November 2018
Passed On: Michael MacInnis – Arisaig, N.S. Fisherman
MacInnis, 68, passed away tragically on October 6 as a result of a tragic fishing accident. Born in Antigonish, he was a son of the late Gillis and Catherine (MacDonald) MacInnis. For more than 50 years, Stevie was a commercial fisherman on the waters of Nova Scotia. He was very generous with his time in helping others learn the industry and did his best to make sure they were safe and successful. He was the owner and operator of MacInnis ...
The Twine Loft – October 2018
Passed On: John MacLeod – Inverness, N.S. fisherman and lighthouse keeper
MacLeod, 80, passed away on August 16 at the Inverary Manor, Inverness. He was born on March 4, 1938 in Glencoe Station to Patrick and Elizabeth (Moran) MacLeod. In his younger years, he worked in construction, forestry, fishing and as a lighthouse keeper on Margaree Island during the summer months.
Passed On: Marshall Rapp – Ingomar, N.S. fisherman
Rapp, 79, passed away at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital on ...
Cautious Optimism Greets New Federal Fisheries Minister
Photo by David Greening
More than a few eyebrows were raised when Jonathan Wilkinson was appointed the new Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard on July 18.
The new minister just happens to be the Member of Parliament for North Vancouver. As a result of a recent cabinet shuffle, Prime Minister Justin appointed a fisheries minister from the west coast of the country. Wilkinson replaced the often-times controversial Dominic LeBlanc
It would be an understatem...
Autopilot Deemed Cause of Fatal Boating Accident
The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has determined that the use of autopilot was the major cause of a fatal Prince Edward Island fishing vessel accident earlier this year.
In its recently released post-deployment occurrence summary report, the TSB said that on June 9, the 13-metre fishing vessel Forever Chasin’ Tail, with three people on board, departed Beach Point, P.E.I., to recover lobster traps approximately 14 nautical miles (nm) to the east.
Later that morning, the 11-metre ...
On the Waterfront – September 2018
DFO Seeking Input into Atlantic Fishery Regulations Amendments
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has opened consultations into proposed amendments aimed at preserving the independence of commercial inshore licence holders in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.
These amendments to the Atlantic Fishery Regulations aim to preserve the independence of inshore licence holders by adding elements of the key policies supporting the inshore fishery in Atlantic Canada and Quebec into the regulat...
The Twine Loft – September 2018
Passed On: Wayne Russell – Port de Grave, N.L. fisherman
Russell, 57, passed away suddenly at sea on July 27. He was a well-respected fisherman who dedicated his life to the fishery. He was the proud owner of the Arctic Pride, Northern Enterprise, Logan R and the JBL Enterprise. He was a member of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, the FFAW Inshore Council, Chairman of the Bay Roberts Harbour Authority and past president of the East Coast Otter Trawl Association.
Passed On: Daniel ...
With the Canadian Lobster Season Over and Maine Ramping Up, Shore Prices Lower than Last Year
There are many things buffeting the lobster market, but as of yet, problems like trade wars, whale interactions and possible gear changes have not had discernable price impacts in either the U.S. or Canada.
Instead, lobster prices for both tails, meat and the live market represented a return to a more normal pattern than seen in 2017.
The Canadian season, which primarily lasts from May 1 to June 30, saw shore prices lower in both P.E.I./New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The FFAW reports that ...