Category Archives: Fisheries

Ottawa buys another second-hand icebreaker for the coast guard

OTTAWA — The Canadian Coast Guard is adding a new ship to its fleet, so to speak, as the federal government announced Wednesday it is paying $45 million to purchase a second-hand icebreaker that has been working in the Caspian

First Canadian-grown genetically modified Atlantic salmon being harvested and sold

HALIFAX — A firm pioneering genetically modified salmon in Canada confirmed Thursday it was selling fish from its Prince Edward Island facility, as opponents to modified food offered a reward for any leads on where the fish could be found. AquaBounty's...

North America’s first whale sanctuary is taking shape in rural Nova Scotia

HALIFAX — The plan to build North America's first wild refuge for whales retired from marine parks took a big step forward Friday in a remote corner of northeastern Nova Scotia. The Whale Sanctuary Project officially opened its visitor and operations

Company hires contractor in effort to recover overboard containers off B.C.

VANCOUVER — The Canadian Coast Guard says the owner of a ship that lost 109 containers overboard in stormy weather last week has hired a contractor to try to recover the bins loaded with cargo. It says in a statement that

Minister touts deals with N.S. Indigenous communities as sign Ottawa’s plan working

HALIFAX — Departing Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan says new fishing agreements with Mi'kmaq communities indicate her approach to the Indigenous lobster harvest is working, despite continuing tensions on the water. The Nova Scotia minister — who r...

Two more N.S. Mi’kmaq communities strike deals with Ottawa to set lobster traps

HALIFAX — Two Mi'kmaq First Nations have negotiated lobster fishing arrangements with Ottawa that authorize them to set a total of 3,500 traps during federally regulated fishing seasons off southwestern Nova Scotia. Ottawa said today in a news release ...

Genetically modified P.E.I. salmon ‘available for sale,’ but maybe not in stores yet

HALIFAX — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says genetically modified salmon produced in Prince Edward Island is "available for sale" in Canada, but when and where consumers can purchase the food remains unclear. The agency's Marie Terrien confirmed ...

Nova Scotia cabinet minister’s defeat a signal fisheries unrest needs resolution

HALIFAX — People on both sides of a fishing dispute in Nova Scotia say the defeat of the fisheries minister in the federal election Monday night is a sign Ottawa needs to solve the problem. Sipekne'katik First Nation Chief Mike Sack

Coast guard helps in RCMP search for fishers, as father calls for all-out effort

MARY'S HARBOUR, N.L. — A coast guard vessel and a provincial water bomber continued a search Monday for two missing fishermen, after the father of one of the lost men called on Ottawa to resume a full search off the

Tenacious Belgium immigrant pioneered Canada’s mussel industry in the 1970s

CHARLOTTETOWN — When Joe Van Den Bremt first floated the idea of producing cultured mussels on P.E.I. in the 1970s, the local fishermen laughed at him. "They were all telling me, 'We use that stuff for fertilizer,'" he said in 2017.