The Fisheries Problem from Hell: Right Whales and Gear Entanglement
The North Atlantic right whale population is hovering at the brink of failure, with around 400 surviving individuals.
In some years, there has been some population increase and in other years not. But the fact is that unintentional killing of right whales through both ship strikes and gear entanglements is preventing the population from increasing to a safer level and exacerbating the risk the entire species will go extinct.
Although the population increased between 1990 and 2010, since ...
On the Waterfront — September 2019
CCGS Baie de Plaisance Commissioned in the Magdalen Islands
The Minister of National Revenue, Diane Lebouthillier, on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Jonathan Wilkinson, was in Cap-aux-Meules recently to participate in the official commissioning of the new high endurance, self-righting search and rescue lifeboat, named CCGS Baie de Plaisance.
The vessel was built by the Forillon shipyard and delivered to the Coast Guard in November 2017. To ...
Federal Government Unveils Plan for Protecting Right Whales
Last year, an unprecedented number of right whales died in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
To protect these whales from further harm, the Government of Canada put urgent measures in place, which included shutting down the snow crab fishery in the area to minimize gear entanglements, increasing surveillance, and implementing a slowdown on large vessels to avoid collisions. Today, Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, ...
N.B. Fishermen Seeing More Large Lobsters in Their Traps
Fishermen in Northeastern New Brunswick’s Lobster Fishing Area 23 were pleased with the extra bonuses they found in their traps at the end of the season.
Over the last two weeks of fishing, fishermen were finding larger than usual market-size lobsters in their traps.
Almost on a daily basis, boats were arriving back at wharves with lobsters that weighed anywhere from two-and-a-half to five pounds. The largest caught at MacEachern’s Wharf in Tabusintac was an impressive eight pounds....