Tag Archives: New Brunswick

The Room Erupted! Tensions flare at suggestion snow crab fishery close for whales

Fishermen erupted in anger Wednesday when federal officials proposed banning snow crab fishing in a large zone off the coast of New Brunswick for the entire time endangered whales are there.
The proposal came at a meeting that industry and government officials hold every year to discuss the coming snow crab season in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence. This year’s season is of particular importance after a deadly 2017 for the endangered North Atlantic right whale. Gear used in snow crab fishing is believed to have played a role in some of the whale deaths, with necropsies on three whales revealing signs of entanglement in fishing rope. >click to read< 00:27

Once-idle shipyard cashes in on crab boat market

Three years ago, Guillaume Hall was working in the oil patch in Fort McMurray, Alta., one of the hundreds of New Brunswickers who had gone west for work. Today he’s building boats five minutes from where he grew up, in the Caraquet area of northeast New Brunswick. Atlantic Boat Building has 36 employees working two shifts, days and nights and on weekends, year-round. One of the new boats, the Crabbin Assassin, is almost finished. Built for a Nova Scotia fishermen, it looks more like a stealth military vessel than a crab boat.”They have a unique design when it comes to fuel savings, stability, and speed, and you get to go faster with a smaller engine,” Robichaud says. “You save fuel, so more money in the pockets of the fishermen.” click here to read the story 09:35

Some N.B. lobster fishermen tie up in protest over price

Some lobster fishermen in eastern New Brunswick have tied up their boats in a protest over the prices they’re getting for lobster. Fishermen in ports such as Pointe Sapin and Richibucto remained at the docks Thursday, saying landings are down and prices are low. Michel Richard, an organizer with the Maritime Fishermen’s Union, says processors suggested much higher prices before the fall season began on Aug. 8, but instead they’re paying about $2 per pound lower. Fishermen say right now they’re being paid about $4.25 a pound for canners and $4.75 a pound for market lobsters. Richard says fishermen are upset because they aren’t getting a clear answer from the buyers and processors on a reason for the lower prices. link 12:22

Lobster fishermen tie up boats after meeting processors about low prices – Fishermen have been getting paid, but none have received official pay stubs, so Richard said there is no proof of what the current prices really are. click here to read the story 16:37

N.B. lobster fishermen discouraged by lower prices

The Maritime Fishermen’s Union is voicing concerns about the low prices its members are getting paid for their catches in southeastern New Brunswick this season and suggesting protests could follow. Wages currently sit at $4.75 a pound per market lobster and $4.25 a pound per can of lobster — nearly $2 less than what was expected, according to MFU organizer Michel Richard. There is “no excuse for such a low price,” Richard told CBC’s Information Morning Moncton on Monday, as lobster season entered its second week. “It’s very troubling, and our fishermen are trying to reason why this is happening, and the excuses are not realistic,” he said. click here to read the story 18:33

Fishermen finding carapace increase hard to swallow

Fishermen returning to port in Miminegash on Wednesday were not so much concerned with the size of their catch as they were with what they were throwing over. “It’s scary,” said Peter Hustler, a fisherman’s helper with captain Michael Myers. He estimated the amount of lobsters he had to return that would have been legal size last year, would have meant eight to 10 more pans of canners. The carapace measure was increased by two millimeters this year following a one-mm increase last year, and Myers had plenty to say about that. “The measure is not going to prove out,” he said, suggesting Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc should have listened to P.E.I. fishermen’s pleas and trimmed the carapace increase to just a millimeter this year. click here to read the story 11:35

Campobello Island mourns loss of fisherman originally from Chester who freed dozens of entangled whales

A small island community in New Brunswick is mourning the loss of a fisherman who friends say was killed moments after freeing a whale that was entangled in fishing line. Mackie Green of the Campobello Whale Rescue Team said Joe Howlett was on board a Fisheries and Oceans Canada rib vessel off Shippagan on Monday to help cut heavy lines from a large whale. Green was not on the boat but says he was told the 59-year-old lobster fisherman, who founded the rescue team with Green in 2002, was hit by the whale just after it was cut free and beginning to swim away. A Fisheries and Oceans Canada statement late Monday said only that someone was killed on board one of its vessels and would not provide any details out of respect for family members. click here to read the rest 12:00

‘Everybody knew Joe Howlett and everybody respected Joe Howlett,’ says Mayor Stephen Smart – “There’s only 850 people here on Campobello Island now and Joe was a very lively character, he had a great sense of humour. Everybody knew Joe Howlett and everybody respected Joe Howlett,” said Stephen Smart, mayor of Campobello Island, which is located in southwestern New Brunswick near the U.S. border. click here to read the story

‘I was thinking I will just die there:’ Fishermen caught in Acadian Peninsula storm

During the worst of the storm, Christian Duguay wasn’t sure if he’d survive the night. In his 25 years as a lobster and crab fisherman, he’s never experienced a storm like the one that hit the Acadian Peninsula on Thursday night. Duguay was fishing off Lamèque Island with three of his crew when the wind picked up. They saw tornadoes on the water, he said. The first one “got the boat,” he said. “She lifted everything in the boat, all the things and the cover on my big box there, just go right away with the tornado.” He said the boat stopped dead in the water, and then the water came up around them. At one point, the waves were one and a half metres high. He’s still not sure how the boat didn’t sink. click here to read the story 18:45

N.B. island cut off from mainland due to thunderstorm – More than 4,100 NB Power customers remained without power Friday evening after a violent thunderstorm ripped through the Acadian Peninsula the previous night. At its peak, close to 7,000 NB Power customers in the province were without power. There are no reports of injuries or fatalities. click here to read the story, video 11:20 5/20/2017

Family that fishes together: Bill MacEachern passing on tradition to next generation

Lobster season is under way in northeastern New Brunswick. Fishermen set out from wharves all along the north shore and Acadian Peninsula at first light Monday morning to set their traps. It’s a time-honoured tradition, especially for Bill MacEachern, who has been fishing out of Tabusintac for 55 years. Everything went well on day one, he told Shift‘s Vanessa Vander Valk. “It went great. It was a beautiful day, everybody got set, there were only two or three boats that had little problems,” he said. “Usually a few fellows have their motors go or something like that happen, but this year everybody was really lucky.” After 55 years on the water, he’s seen it all in the industry. “You wouldn’t believe the changes,” he said. click here to read the story, and watch a video 09:21

‘King Louie’, the 23-pound lobster bought by a vegan who wanted it returned to its watery home

A massive lobster taller than a toddler was caught in the Bay of Fundy and then bought by a vegan activist so it could be returned, alive, to its chilly home. Catherine MacDonald, co-owner of the Alma Lobster Shop in southern New Brunswick, said the 23-pound lobster, dubbed “King Louie,” was possibly a century old. “It’s beautiful,” said MacDonald in a phone interview Tuesday. “For a lobster to be 23 pounds and to be that large, there was nothing else that was going to be a predator, except man.” The lobster is very healthy, and about four feet long, said MacDonald. It was caught by a fisherman in St. Martins, N.B. MacDonald said the crustacean was sold for $230 to a Nova Scotia vegan who requested it be released back into the ocean. And so King Louie returned home on Tuesday, she said. Read the rest here 09:58

New Brunswick fisherman hauls in rare ‘ghost lobster’

albino-lobsterA New Brunswick lobster fisherman has beaten the odds by catching a rare albino lobster. Eugene Richard, 64, caught the “ghost lobster” on Tuesday in the Northumberland Strait, off eastern New Brunswick. It’s estimated that one in 100 million lobsters are albino. The odds of winning Lotto 6/49, on the other hand, are 14 million to one. Richard has been fishing lobster in Richibucto Cape for 50 years and calls this the catch of his career. Bernice says her husband thought he was seeing things when he hauled it up the lobster, which weighed about three-quarters of a pound.  She says he called her from the boat to say he had a surprise for her. Bernice says when she first saw the crustacean, “I thought it was a rubber lobster.” Read the rest here 11:34

Early New Brunswick crab season opener sees higher prices

canadian snow crabThe early opening of the crab season has resulted in good catches and increased prices for crab fishermen. The season opened April 22, three eeks earlier than the 2015 season. The early opening was due to a milder winter in New Brunswick and an earlier break up of ice. Crews on wharves on the Acadian Peninsula are busy unloading the good catches. The good catches have resulted in prices ranging from $3.50 to $3.60 a pound, which is 75 cents higher than last season. “The crab this season is as good and better than anytime,” said one crab fisherman who added many people on the Acadian Peninsula are enjoying eating the crabs. link 09:10

Turf War: Lobster fishermen charged after confrontation with First Nations

Anthony Peter-Paul expected his first season as a lobster fisherman to be tough and profitable, but it turned into a situation where, he says, he “felt helpless.” The St. Thomas University student, and Pabineau First Nation man, spent the 2015 season fishing lobster in the Bay of Chaleur with a first-time licence-holder, also from Pabineau. It started off with a fishermen’s meeting which they have every year at Stonehaven,” said Peter-Paul. Read the rest here 11:11

2014 Atlantic Salmon tags from New Brunswick recovered in Greenland and Ireland

The recovery in Greenland and Ireland of two electronic tags attached to salmon in New Brunswick in 2014 is giving researchers valuable insight into the travels of the fish. The tags are attached to selected salmon by the Atlantic Salmon Federation in an effort to try and discover the reasons for high mortality at sea. On May 14, 2014, a 93-cm kelt — a salmon that spawned the previous fall and was returning to sea to feed before turning to span again — was tagged in the Red Bank area on the Northwest Miramichi River. Read the rest here 08:47

I like this! Alma sending off lobster fleet with all-night party – They love their lobstermen!

Lobster fishermen will depart the wharf in the southeastern New Brunswick community of Alma Tuesday morning after a major send-off — an all-night party. Jane Chrysostom, one of the organizers of the Alma Fleet Launch Festival near Fundy National Park, says the event is a celebration of the fishing families and the dangerous, unpredictable work of the fishermen. Read the rest here 08:20

Canadian Fishermen See Red in Fight Over Lobster Size – At issue: About 10 Millimeters

Fishermen in the provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick are at loggerheads over how big a lobster’s carapace must be for a lobster to be harvested. Fishermen in Prince Edward Island are fighting to keep the minimum carapace at 72 millimeters, or about 2.8 inches, while their counterparts in  would like to see fishing restricted to lobsters with larger shell sizes—as much as 10 millimeters longer. That is .39 inch. Read the rest here, Video 11:38

EDITORIAL: A different kettle of …lobster

lobsterDM0811_468x521We’ve supported the idea of a two-cent-per-pound lobster levy since an independent panel recommended it last fall in a report on the fickle Maritime lobster fishery. We even suggested that the Nova Scotia government, in particular, should legislate the levy, even if it couldn’t reach a consensus with lobster fishermen across the province. Read more here 22:57

What This Canadian Village Lacks in Size, it Makes Up With Heart and Lobster

“Whether the boats come in at one in the morning or one in the afternoon, you have to make a schedule to have everything lined up so the fishermen aren’t waiting — they’re your babies and you have to keep them happy,” says MacDonald.  Read more here 09:41

Fish Canada Workboat Canada Dropping Anchor in Moncton, New Brunswick January 24 – 25, 2014!

resizedimage200328-FCWC-show-guideRegions Largest Commercial Fisheries and Workboat Event Returns to the Moncton Coliseum in 2014 –  This show will be jam-packed with the same wide range of international and local exhibitors visitors have come to expect and appreciate, featuring the newest, most innovative products on the market. The show floor will have all of the suppliers and equipment, engines, electronics, boat builders, marine and commercial fisheries equipment, showcasing the latest and most innovative products available, including exhibitors from all over the globe! 16:30

Rare mola mola washes up in Miramichi River – Unusual ocean sunfish may have been lured to river by jellyfish

CBC_News_logoScott Campbell was out for a walk with his dog when he found the mola mola along the banks of the Miramichi River. Campbell said he knew right away the fish wasn’t native to the area.  [email protected] 09:34

Grand Falls fishway reopens, ending dispute over cross-border fish

A rift between Canada and the United States was settled on Wednesday after an  international agreement was signed, marking the reopening of a fishway. The fight was over a fish with two different names – one for each side of  the border – and a decision made two decades ago to shut the door on those fish  returning to the New Brunswick side of the St. Croix River to spawn. continued


New Brunswick lobster fisherman Alfred Rousselle, 32, remembered as a family man who always had a smile for others

More than 300 people packed the small Catholic church in Brantville on Thursday for the funeral of one of the fishermen killed in Tabusintac last weekend. An honour guard and fishermen stood in the aisle of St. Louis as the casket bearing Alfred Rousselle, 32, was slowly wheeled to the front. Rousselle’s partner, Erica LeClerc, followed in tears.

Men with weathered faces and strong hands wiped away tears. continued

Police find 2 bodies near missing fishermen’s boat – 1 body recovered earlier near Tabusintac on Saturday

Two bodies have been found close to a submerged boat off the coast of New Brunswick, a day after a boat capsized with threCBC_News_logoe crew members on board. The body of one lobster fisherman was recovered on Saturday.continued

Focus on innovation and new markets make New Brunswick top seafood exporter in Canada

FREDERICTON, N.B. – New Brunswick has grown to become Canada’s largest seafood exporter on the strength of its focus on new markets and innovation. continue

Lobster tops list as Canada’s most valuable seafood export – New Brunswick was Canada’s largest exporter

The federal Fisheries Department says $4.1 billion worth of Canadian seafood landed on tables in more than 100 countries last year, with lobster remaining the most valuable export. Read more