Harvesters Hoping Spring Lobster Fishing Will Soon Ramp Up in SW Nova
Coronavirus Fears Starting to Negatively Impact Industry
Above: Lonnie Snow photo
Lobster fishing boats in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34 will soon be back at it in earnest for the final three months of the six-month season that ends on May 31.
Foul weather has played a major factor in the opening months of the fishery.
“We had some of the worst weather in the first two and half weeks of the season than we’ve had in quite a while,” said Bernie Barry, ...
New Study Outlines Good News for Future SW Nova Lobster Habitat
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Overall projected changes in offshore lobster habitat for the region, as a whole, appear to be positive.
However, changes in resource management need to be considered to promote the long-term sustainability of the fishery in Nova Scotia, according to the findings of a new study published this fall in Frontiers in Marine Science.
The study was a collaboration between researchers at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Bedford Institute of Oceanography ...
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 ...
Two Names But One of a Kind
Nova Scotia’s Legendary Fisheries Journalist is Gone
You know that someone with two sets of names, both first and last, was bound to be an interesting person and the man we spelled as “Alain Meuse” was more than just interesting — there was no one quite like him.
Allen Muise, as he was officially named, passed away on August 5, 2017 and his loss leaves a huge gap in fisheries journalism in southwest Nova Scotia.
For us at the Navigator his passing means the loss of a colleague. ...
Organization and Lobbyists Could Be Solution to Industry Woes
When the late U.S. President Lyndon Johnson appointed a person into his inner circle, who at times had publicly disagreed with his policies, he justified his decision by saying he’d rather have the guy inside the tent peeing out than outside the tent peeing in.
When it comes to having any influence with governments, especially Ottawa concerning the commercial fishery, hiring lobbyists is the solution because the opposition is doing so and with results.
Three worried lobster harvesters ...
Negative Reaction to Lobster Industry Observer Program
A recent meeting conducted by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) on a proposed Nova Scotia lobster observer program drew a mixed reaction.
The Lockeport meeting was held in June and was meant for organized groups of lobster harvesters in the region.
“We weren’t told what the meeting was all about and by law organized fishermen’s group like ours have to be told,” Colin Sproul said.
He is the spokesman for the 175-member Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermens Association.
Fishery Alive and Kicking in South Western Nova Scotia
Contrary to popular opinion, the commercial fishery in southwestern Nova Scotia is far from comatose and is indeed alive and kicking.
You don’t have to look too far to prove this point.
Some boat builders are booked up for the next four years as fishermen — especially lobstermen — are opting for the big 50-footers so they can extend their fishing grounds and time.
A lobster buyer in Meteghan River, who employed some 70 or so workers four year ago, now has 300 on the payroll and ...
Lobster Processing Revival in South Western Nova Scotia
When you think of lobster processing, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island readily come to mind.
But it wasn’t that far back that south western Nova Scotia was a leader in this field. And with the success of Riverside Lobster International, based in Meteghan River, about 50 kilometres from Yarmouth, the revival is in full swing.
Stepping back a bit, lobster canning was a major seasonal employer in this region from about 1840 to 1932, when the markets collapsed.
Places like Harris ...
Lobster Prices Decrease as Other LFAs Kick Into Gear
It was a cold, windy and raw spring as May rolled in and lobsters flooded the market with the opening of new LFAs in northeastern New Brunswick, the north coast of P.E.I. and the western shore of Cape Breton Island.
The regions’ top two areas in terms of landings and value — LFA 33-34 — are winding down with closure set for May 31.
The all-important topic along the wharves was of course prices — as predicted they didn’t mirror what happened a year ago when March, 2015 produced ...
Safety Improvements Coming to Industry
These are sobering figures.
Between 2009 and 2013, 40 per cent of all marine accidents in Canada were pinned to fishing vessels, approximately 134 vessels per year.
Three years ago, 16 fishing fatalities were reported, many of the vessels fishing from south west Nova Scotia ports like Woods Harbour-Forbes Point.
Sailing in weather conditions not suited to small boats, a vessel stability problem and the lack of adequate safety equipment or training for vessel crews were all deemed ...