On the Waterfront – September 2023
Nova Scotia Vessel Sinks off N.L.
The Addie N’ Ainslie, a vessel based out of Sambro, N.S., sank on July 11 while fishing for halibut off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.
After a split shaft punched a hole in the hull, the boat containing seven fish harvesters began to rapidly take on water.
The crew was able to signal first responders and cram into a lifeboat before being taken aboard a container ship. The next morning, the crew was picked up by the Canadian Coast Guard and dropped ...
Groups Collaborating to Advance Ropeless Fish Gear Technology
Michael Moore, the Director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Marine Mammal Center, has spent a large portion of his career taking North Atlantic right whales and other marine mammals apart and figuring out how they died.
“That led me to focus on the two primary causes of mortality and ill health in right whales, namely vessel collision and entanglement in rope and nets — primarily rope,” said Moore. “So, as a veterinarian, obviously the clinical aspects of both of ...
Local Ropeless Fishing Gear Development Continuing
Halifax-based Ashored Innovations is testing the waters with their Rope On-Command (ROC) fishing system.
Since starting in 2018, the ROC fishing system being developed by Ashored has undergone four major design changes, said Ross Arsenault, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer.
“Each prototype iteration has been built in higher volume than the previous batch and tested through multiple trials or pilot projects,” said Arsenault.
“We conduct pilots in as many diverse conditions ...
Ropeless Consortium Expands Information Exchange
Interest in ropeless fishing gear continues to grow.
Presentations on ropeless gear retrieval and marking
systems, experimental gear testing, experimental fisheries, regulatory and
policy change, market interests and investment opportunities were on the agenda
when the international Ropeless Consortium met for its annual meeting at the
New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, MA on November 6.
Comprised of scientists, conservationists, researchers,
fishermen and “like-minded people ...
Smart Buoy Technology Aiming to Provide Ropeless Gear Option for Fishermen
(Above photo) The co-founders of Ashored Innovations (from left): Aaron Stevenson (CEO), Ross Arsenault (COO) and Maxwell Poole (VP Marketing and Product Development). Contributed photo
A smart buoy that will provide a ropeless gear option for crab and lobster fishermen is set to be unveiled this fall by Halifax-based Ashored Innovations.
Initial testing of the smart buoy, which has been designed from a fishermen’s perspective, was slated to began in September. “At the current ...