The Tragedy of the Miss Ally – Part I
It was a grey day in February 2017 as Della Sears Newell sat at her kitchen table viewing a scrapbook containing pages of newspaper clippings, hand-written notes and an unofficial log of activities from the Joint Rescue Coordinating Centre (JRCC) in Halifax dated February 16 and 17, 2013.
Oblivious to the light snow falling outside her window, Della was at home on Cape Sable Island, just days before the fourth anniversary of the loss of her son.
Della is emotional and stressed, but also ...
On the Waterfront – April 2017
Ottawa Creates $325-Million Atlantic Fisheries Fund
The federal government has announced an investment of $325 million to create an Atlantic Fisheries Fund aimed at benefiting the fishery in all four Atlantic Provinces.
The Fund is aimed at stimulating innovation, with a focus on growing opportunities and increasing their value to meet market demands for sustainably sourced, high quality fish and seafood products.
Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada said, in ...
Storm Damage to Fish Farm in Shelburne County
The Nova Scotia government is looking into an incident of damage to an aquaculture site in Shelburne Harbour, Shelburne Co., after a major winter storm earlier this month.
The company reported damage to one of its pens to the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture on, Feb. 15, in accordance with the province’s aquaculture regulations, and has continued to provide regular updates.
It is believed some of the salmon were released from the damaged pen. The operator has been engaged in ...
Valuable and Lucrative LFA 33-34 Season Kicks Off
Nor’easters are not a fishermen’s friend, especially on dumping day of the lobster fishery.
One was predicted to visit the weekend leading up to November 28, the day when over 1,600 lobstermen from Eastern Passage, Halifax County, to Digby, Nova Scotia, were due to set over half a million lobster pots to usher the beginning of the winter season in LFA 33-34.
The storm veered more to the north than predicted and most of the key lobster sites in the areas were spared near hurricane ...
As Luck Would Have it — Part II
When their 52-foot fishing vessel nearly totally submerged about four miles from Port Saunders on Newfoundland’s northwest coast, Captain Raymond Ryan, along with his two sons, Maurice and Rene jumped ship. Raymond and Maurice managed to hold on to a wooden fish chute to keep their heads above water but could do little to help themselves. Rene was nowhere to be seen and presumed drowned by his dad and brother. Their chances of survival looked grim but fate was somewhat kind on August 7, 1991 ...
Large Waves Forecast for Island Portion of N.L.
Fire and Emergency Services-Newfoundland and Labrador (FES-NL) encourages residents to be cautious around coastlines and waterways over the coming days as there is potential for elevated water levels due to large waves and swells associated with an intense low pressure system near Greenland.
The public is advised that a rapid increase in wave heights and pounding surf are expected tonight and Friday along east-facing coastlines, extending from the Bay of Exploits to the Southern Shore of the ...
Brothers to the Rescue — Part III
When a severe storm developed in the afternoon of November 18, 2013, Graham Hancock and Tom Filler from Bide Arm, Newfoundland knew they were in great peril. Their 19-foot speedboat had broken down and they had drifted dangerously close to the rocky shoreline three miles north of Englee in northern Newfoundland. Their small anchor was still keeping their boat from smashing against the cliffs but as darkness fell, their hopes of rescue faded. Winds were increasing; seas were growing higher; ...