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 Bluefin Tuna Charters, a member of the Gulf Nova Scotia Tuna Association, a member of the Canadian Auxiliary Coast Guard, an industry representative for ALPAC and a part of the bluefin tuna tagging project, Tag-A-Giant.
Passed On: Glen DesRoches – Tignish, P.E.I., Fisherman
DesRoches, 55, passed away suddenly September 18 as a result of a tragic fishing accident near North Cape, P.E.I.
Passed On: Maurice Getson – Tignish, P.E.I., Fisherman
Getson, 54, passed away suddenly September 18 as a result of a tragic fishing accident near North Cape, P.E.I.
Passed On: Marcellin Aucoin – Cheticamp, N.S. Fisherman
Aucoin, 89, formerly of Belle Cote, Inverness County, passed away on September 21 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Born in Belle Cote on November 12, 1929, he was a son of the late Thomas and Elizabeth (Deveau) Aucoin. He was a retired lobster fisherman who fished out of Margaree Harbour.
Passed On: Melvin Swim – Lockport, N.S. Fisherman
Swim, 82, formerly of Clark’s Harbour, Ellenwood and John’s Island, passed away on September 19 at the Surf Lodge Nursing Home. Born on June 9, 1936, he was a son of the late Romie and Marguerite (Nickerson) Swim. Leaving school at age 15, he went to sea serving as an apprentice under his father until he was 21. At the age of 25, he bought his first boat and set out on his own. Swim and his cousin Wendell were the first fishermen on the island to replace the wooden pot hauler with an iron head. He finished five hulls, with his last boat being the Southern Tip which was a Stanley Greenwood hull. He took up sailing later in life and raced in Argyle and Shelburne. He earned many first-place trophies. His proudest win was the McNutts Island race.
Passed On: Terry Manthorne – Mersey Point, N.S. Businessman
Manthorne, 69, passed away at the QEII Health Science Centre, Halifax on September 5.
Born in Liverpool, he was a son of Greta (Smith) (Manthorne) Titus of Liverpool and the late Willis Manthorne. He was employed with Mersey Seafoods for more than 38 years and was owner-operator of T&H Divers for 40 years.
Appointed: Federal Government Departmental Science Advisors
Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada recently announced that they will each establish a Departmental Science Advisor position. These new positions will further grow the network of science advisors across the federal government, which Canada’s new Chief Science Advisor Dr. Mona Nemer identified as an important step in strengthening science advice within government. Reporting directly to the Deputy Ministers, the Departmental Science Advisors will play an important role in supporting high quality scientific research within the federal departments and will help make government science available to Canadians. The science advisors will support the vital work of researchers by strengthening the linkages between science and policy decisions and improving collaboration across sectors and partners. This in turn will help build trust that decisions and investments are made on the best scientific advice available. Both departments will launch transparent and merit-based selection processes, which will be open to the public.
Appointed: Benoît Bourque – Acting New Brunswick Minister of Aquaculture and Fisheries
Following the recent New Brunswick provincial election, Premier Brian Gallant announced On Oct. 5 changes to cabinet portfolios, including the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries. All changes were in an acting capacity. Bourque will also be acting Minister of Health and the Minister responsible for Service New Brunswick.
Appointed: Claire Ryan – Cooke Aquaculture Director of Public Relations
Cooke Aquaculture recently announced that it has hired local Saint John resident and engaged community member Claire Ryan as its new Director of Public Relations. Ryan joins Cooke after serving as the manager of Public Affairs of the Canadian Automobile Association — Atlantic. She previously held roles with Enterprise Saint John, NATIONAL Public Relations and MT&L Public Relations Ltd.