Welcome to the Inverness South Fishermen's Association Homepage
Update on tag delivery: Due to the road being blocked, tags for Mabou will be dropped off at the Mabou Arena instead of the wharf, same time.
Lobster Handling Program: Inverness South is planning on holding a lobster handling program in April for our members and their helpers. Please let us know if you plan to attend so we can have an estimate of how many fishers will attend. Just click the link and send us an email:
Tag Delivery 2017: Tags will be delivered tomorrow, Friday, March 24th to Southern Inverness County at the following times and locations:
Judique Store 10 am
Murphy’s Pond Wharf 11 am
Mabou Harbour 1 pm
Inverness Wharf 2 pm.
For more information call 902-224-1100
Note: If stormy on Friday, Tag delivery will take place on Monday, March 27th at the same places and times.
Tags for Northern Inverness County are available for pickup at:
The Harbour Authority Building at 15461 Cabot Trail Road, Cheticamp, NS. Current hours are Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm
Click the link below to read the entire notice from Cheticamp Monitoring:
Carapace size increase delay: On Tuesday, March 21st, we received a confirmation from DFO that our request to delay the carapace size increase 1 year has been APPROVED. As such, the minimum size in LFA 26 B South will remain at 81 mm for the 2017 season and increase to 82.5 mm in the 2018 season. As identified last year, in 2017, the lobster trap escape mechanism will be required to be a minimum size of 44 mm in height by 127 mm in length.
2017 Ministers Conference and Safety Certification Workshop: Trevor MacInnis attended for Inverness South this year. Both meetings were held in Dartmouth, NS. A brief from each meeting is below:
- goal is to access the $50 registration fee currently paid to DFO, and use it to notify and train fishers in all the new requirements being put in place by Transport Canada, The Labor Board Etc
- fishers would still have the choice to pay the $50 to DFO if they so choose
-Fairly well attended
-noted that this process has been going on for 20 plus years
-will need the Treasury Board"s approval to access the $50
-Hoping for things to be in place for 2019
-Board selection to be next item on the agenda and a final decision on the requirements per level of training
-largest attendance ever with representation from all aspects of the industry ( processors, marketing, fishers etc)
-noted that NS fish exports for 2016 were 1.6 billion dollars
-Keynote speaker was Malcom Lawson CR8 Rock lobster Industry Association in New Zealand- he talked about how their fishery has evolved to meet Asian demand and has primarily went to a luxury market with their prices reaching as high as $50/lb, noting as well that they deal with far fewer numbers than Atlantic canada, he still wondered if we could not use even a portion of our fishery to access the same luxury markets that they do
-quality of the product, not just lobster was the recurring theme of the meeting
-also the emerging need to be more aware of the consumer's concerns, therefore sustainability and conservation practices need to be at the forefront of any marketing strategies in the future
-Ron Robichaud,Professional Business coach did a presentation on succession planning and the need for fishers to be prepared well in advance of a final decision to sell/ transfer your enterprise
2017 Crab Quota: Exact numbers from DFO are not available yet, but the quota is expected to more than double the quota from last year. Exact numbers will be posted when we receive them. A reminder that we will once again be taking tenders for our crab share. For anyone interested in fishing the quota for Inverness South this year, we will be holding our crab tender early in April. Quota tender information and paperwork will be available online as soon as we have official numbers from DFO.
Halibut Survey Meeting: This meeting was held in Mont-Joli, Quebec on February 20th, 2017. John L. MacKinnon took part via telephone. A brief overview of the meeting is available by clicking the link below. If anyone has any questions, please contact John L.
New Ship Safety Bulletin: Transport Canada has issued a new ship safety bulletin regarding INTERIM MEASURES FOR SMALL MARINE DIESEL ENGINES - 2017:
2017 Enforcement Meeting: The meeting was held February 1st, 2017 in Antigonish, NS. Jessica Hinkley attended for Inverness South. Some notes from the meeting:
- Wayne Gallant is the new Director of Conservation and Protection. He is a retired RCMP and took on this new role in September of 2016.- C&P will be utilizing a National Fisheries Intelligence Service (NFIS) more in the future. This approach will allow them to collect data coming in and compare the information they receive. This approach will allow officers to use their time more efficient and have better outcomes. With this approach you may see less of the officers on the wharf but if they are there they have a reason.
- Department of Labour is pleased with the fishermen’s use of PFD’s. The use of PFDs will still be monitored and fines/warnings will be issued for not using them. D of L will be on the wharfs more this year. D of L is still offering complimentary vessel compliance inspections if requested.
- Resource Management will assess the openings of every season. They monitor the weather conditions closely when a season opening is approaching to make sure of everyone’s safety. If winds are over 20 knots or more the season may be delayed.
- Two new Jet Boats have been obtained to allow for more at sea checks.
- Logbooks are mandatory. They need to be completed. You can be fined for failure to do so.
Area 12 Snow Crab Vessels and Traps Working Group Meeting Minutes: The minutes from the December 14, 2016 meeting in Moncton, NB are available to be read. Vessel and trap limits were discussed for the 2017 season. Click the link below:
Lobster Opening 2017: We will be applying to DFO to set on Saturday, April 29th and begin fishing Monday, May 1st. It will be posted if this is approved.
SGSL Lobster Advisory Committee Meeting: Was held in Moncton, NB on January 11 & 12th. Wayne MacLellan attended for Inverness South. Notes from the meeting can be read by clicking the link below:
Delay Proposal: Inverness South has submitted the proposal to DFO requesting a one year delay of the last carapace size increase that is scheduled to happen this coming 2017 season. Click the link below to read the entire proposal:
Results of Vote are in: The results of the carapace size increase delay vote are in and the results are the following -
60 votes in favour of requesting the delay from DFO
16 votes against requesting the delay from DFO
Therefore, we will be submitting a request to DFO requesting a one year delay of the last carapace size increase. The response from DFO to this request will be posted as soon as we receive it.
Preliminary Tuna Numbers for 2016:
50, 614.8 kg landed
241.023 kg - average weight
107901.4 lbs landed
513.816 lbs - average weight
1.2752 t remaining
97.54% of quota landed
210 tuna tags used.
3 tuna tags issued but not used.
1 tuna tag not picked up.
Record-Breaking Attendance at 5th Anniversary Edition of Commercial Marine Event: The 5th edition of the North Atlantic Fish & Workboat Show took place this past Friday and Saturday, November 18th and 19th at the Mile One Centre in St.John's, Newfoundland. The 2016 edition of this all-encompassing commercial marine event featured more than 100 exhibitors with boats, engines, electronics, supplies, safety gear, fish processing equipment, and services for commercial fishermen and other workboats.
With 3,837 qualified visitors over the two days of the show – an increase of about 20% over 2014 numbers, the show was extremely well attended.
To read the entire press release, click the link below:
Salmon and Striped Bass Surveys: Please be informed that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) – Gulf Region will be consulting the public this fall on the management of Atlantic salmon and Striped bass fisheries in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence for 2017 and beyond.
From now until December 2, two online surveys are available on DFO’s Gulf Region recreational fisheries Internet page.
The information obtained from this consultation will be considered, along with science advice and advisory committee discussions, as part of the decision-making process for the development of the future Atlantic salmon and Striped bass recreational fishing management plans for the waters of the Gulf Region in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Click the direct links below to complete each survey:
Vote on Carapace Size Increase Delay: Ballots for the carapace size increase delay have been mailed.... if you know of anyone who is a lobster fisher in LFA 26B South and did not receive one, please let us know. Remember: votes are due by December 15th.
Tuna Update for November 18th: DMP report and MARFIS report show no new landings in 4T. 2 tuna landed in 4Wd.
213 tuna tags issued
208 tuna landed
50,126 kgs - average weight 240.589 kgs
107, 038 lbs - average weight 514.608 lbs
1.762 tonne remaining
96.6 % landed.
GNS Tuna Season Extended: The GNS Tuna season has been extended until Dec 2, 2016.
Tuna Update for October 10th: As of October 10th, reports show:
205 tuna landed
49531.8 kg - average weight - 241.6185 kgs
105991 lbs - average weight - 517.0307317 lbs
95.46% of quota has been landed.
2.3582 tonne remaining.
211 tuna tags issued
The Seafood Industry Begins to React to Trump Victory: For your information.... the seafood industry has begun to comment on what effect on the Trump victory could have:
Volunteer Needed: Nicole Sampson will be conducting presentations to the local schools as part of the O2 School to Sea program and is in need of someone involved in the commercial fishery to present a slide show to the Grade 11 students in the local school. The slide show is already prepared, all the volunteer needs to do is present it. If anyone is interested, please contact Inverness South or Nicole directly.
Deadline is approaching for the Fishermen's Forum 2016: With just over 10 days away from the Forum, they are getting ready to order food!
Please be sure to register by Thursday Nov 10th, if you have not already.
Completion of Herring Bycatch Monitoring Documents: To date, DFO has received 5 completed 16 F fall herring bycatch monitoring documents out of the approximately 50 that were distributed during their July 11th meeting. If we are to demonstrate to the audit team from Global Trust that we have fully met Condition 2 of the Action Plan, we will require a significantly higher number of returns from participating fishers. It is imperative that the remaining fishers forward their documents no later than November 15th so that the combined data can be analyzed and provided to the audit team within the prescribed timeframe for completion of the audit report.
If you are aware of fishers who had agreed to participate in this initiative but who have not as yet forwarded their forms to Robert Allain, it would be greatly appreciated if you could contact them and remind them of the importance of sending their information to him, using the self-addressed envelope that was provided previously for this purpose.
Thank you very much for any help with this matter.
Tuna Update for November 1st: For GNS fleet there have not been any tuna landed in 4T since October 30. Thus far, the MARFIS report is showing last tuna landed in 4Wd October 27, 2016 and 1 tuna landed in SWNS October 21, 2016.
179 tuna landed
- 16 landed in 4Wd
- 1 landed in SWNS
- 162 landed in 4T
43,634 kg. - Average weight - 243.767 kgs.
94,488 lbs - Average Weight 527.86 lbs.
84.09% of Quota (51.89 t) has been caught
Remaining Quota to be caught 8.256 tonne.
Mackerel Bait Fishery Open: October 28, 2016 – Following the special circumstance of the recent commercial closure of the Atlantic mackerel fishery for 2016, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans will allow harvesters to change their personal use bait licences to allow the use of hand line until November 18, and gillnets until December 31, for this year only.
Licence holders will be allowed to use gillnets or a maximum of three hand lines to land up to 1000 pounds of mackerel per day until November 18. Regular bait catch reporting through logbooks will apply.
Eligible harvesters wishing to participate in this fishery will be able to obtain mackerel bait licence through the National Online Licensing System (NOLS) by Tuesday, November 1, 2016.
Coming Soon: St. John’s, NL – Next month, the 2016 edition of the North Atlantic Fish & Workboat Show takes place at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, NL. Taking place November 18th and 19th, the show celebrates its 5th anniversary this year and caters to those who rely upon the commercial marine industry for a living.
Presented by The Navigator, the show features boats, marine services and equipment, supplies services and safety gear for commercial fishermen and other workboats.
In recognition of the show’s 5th anniversary, the 2016 edition of the North Atlantic Fish & Workboat Show will feature an exclusive Passport Program Prize Showcase. Anyone who registers for the show by November 10th, 2016 will receive a special passport program ballot. By bringing this ballot to the show and having it stamped at the booths of the participating sponsors, show visitors can enter to win a prize showcase valued at more than $5,000. Complete details on the program and the prizes are available on the show website.
Pre-registration is available now. For a limited time, visitors can pre-register for just $10 to get their passport program ballot and fast-track their entrance to the show. Registration is $20 at the door. Convenient online registration is available on the show website: NAFish.ca.
Also as part of this year’s show, the newest group of deserving individuals will be inducted into the Atlantic Canada Marine Industries Hall of Fame. This special recognition formally acknowledges some of the many people who have made valuable contributions to all sectors of the marine industry in Atlantic Canada.
Stay tuned to www.NAFish.ca for complete show details and follow the show on Facebook and Twitter.
Friday, November 18
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 19
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mile One Centre
50 New Gower Street
St. John’s, NL
Tuna Update for October 28th: for GNS fleet there have not been any tuna landed in 4T since October 26. Thus far, the MARFIS report is showing last tuna landed in 4Wd October 27, 2016 and 1 tuna landed in SWNS October 21, 2016.
171 tuna landed
- 14 landed in 4Wd
- 1 landed in SWNS
- 156 landed in 4T
41,950 kg. - Average weight - 245.320 kgs.
91,032 lbs - Average Weight 532.356 lbs.
80.84% of Quota (51.89 t) has been caught
Remaining Quota to be caught 9.940 tonne.
Mackerel Fishery Update for October 24: as per the Notice to Fishers dated October 21, 2016, as a result of the recent assessment of commercial catches to date, the commercial Atlantic mackerel fishery will remain closed.
As a result of this final decision, all harvesters must:
- Now utilize their bait license to catch mackerel (gill-net).
- Recreational fishery is open but harvesters cannot fish for large quantities to freeze for lobster bait.
- Fishers can fish recreationally from a vessel. The intention is for food and human consumption.
- Tuna harvesters cannot recreational fish for mackerel while involved in a commercial fishery.
Mackerel Fishery Closure Update for October 19: Jordan met with Leroy on October 18th. It doesn't look like the fishery will reopen this season for our fishers.
Herring Meeting in Stellarton: Trevor MacInnis attended on behalf of Inverness South.
Release of the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence Marine Protected Area Network Strategy: Fisheries and Oceans Canada is pleased to announce the release of the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence Marine Protected Area Network Strategy. The electronic version of the strategy is available at the following link:
You can read the letter from DFO regarding this release by clicking the button below:
Tuna Update for October 18th: DFO are going to issue 10 more tags with the option for fishers to bypass. 62% caught as of yesterday, October 17th. This should get us to zero lbs left if everyone catches their fish. DFO will monitor and review first week of November then adjust if necessary
Jordan was part of the Tuna board that met with Leroy.
Scallop Fishery Opening Area 24: Fishing Season: November 1, 2016 to December 15, 2016. The fishery will take place between 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, and will be closed on Sundays. Full details are available by clicking the Notice to Fishers below:
Commercial Mackerel Fishery Closure: Effective Friday, October 14th, DFO has issued a variation order closing the Commercial Mackerel Fishery. Only personal or recreational use is allowed. Fishers may still use their bait license to catch Mackerel for bait with nets (ie. for live wells for Tuna).
Tuna Update for October 12, 2016 - More tags available: DFO wishes to advise GNS Tuna license holders that upon review of the landings, 103 tuna have been landed. This has resulted in approximately 25.4 t or 49% of the 2016 GNS Fleet's quota being captured. Thirteen additional tags will now be made available continuing with the 2016 Tuna Tag revolving list. Those eligible for one of these additional tags will be contacted by DFO. Tags will be available for pickup at the Antigonish office on Wednesday afternoons from 1pm to 4pm or by appointment or by emailing GulfInfoGolfe@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Canso Causeway Early Closure: the Canso causeway will close early this year. It will close November 01 and not open until May 15, 2017. Please spread the word!
The 2016 Fishermen's Forum:
Registration is now open!! 2016 Fishermen's Forum: Registration is now open, until November 10th! Remember, that to attend the forum you must be registered. To register go to:
Book your accommodations now to receive the early-bird discount! (only available until October 20th, or once all rooms are booked).
Maritime Inn, Antigonish: 1-888-662-7484
Claymore Inn, Antigonish: 1-888-863-1050
The 2016 Fishermen’s Forum is a little over a month away! The Gulf Aquarium Marine Station Cooperative hopes you will join us as we discuss topics like Lobster and Crab in a warming ocean; Groundfish in the Gulf; Bait species of the Gulf and their future; Emerging fisheries; Fishermen science; and Aquaculture challenges and changes.
When: November 21-22nd, 2016
Where: The Millennium Centre, St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS
The NSCC School of Fisheries Schedule for 2016/17: Note that in addition to the usual course offerings, a course on Quality Handling of Lobster is now being offered. The entire course schedule and fees are available by clicking the link below:
Summer Halibut Fishery: DFO has reviewed the Sept 20 landings and there is approximately 1 t remaining of the GNS Summer Halibut fishery quota. It has been decided to request the carry forward of the remaining quota to the 2017 season and there will be no additional openings in 2016.
Tuna Extra Tags: 47 tuna have been landed up to and including September 26, 2016. This has resulted in approximately 11.1 t or 21% of the 2016 GNS Fleet’s quota being captured. Sixteen additional tags will now be made available continuing with the 2016 Tuna Tag Revolving List. Those eligible for one of these additional tags will be contacted by DFO. The Notice to Fishers can be read below:
Our meeting on September 11th was well attended with over 40 members participating. Andrea Flynn presented the results of the Blood Protein Study. Lots of useful and interesting information was provided.
On our 2 issues to be discussed:
1. A delay on increasing the carapace size the last 1.5mm to 82.5mm:
The vast majority of those in attendance were interested in seeing this go forward. Therefore, a vote will be mailed to every fisher in Area 26B south by the end of September/early October. If the majority vote in favour of this going forward then we will submit a proposal to DFO this fall and try to get the year delay.
2. A pilot project to try moving the lobster season forward 1 week.
There was little interest in moving forward with this idea, so it has been shelved and we will not be going forward with it.
Thank you to all members who attended!
Important Upcoming Dates and Events:
Friday, March 24th: Tag delivery at the dates and time posted.
Saturday, April 8th: the Inverness South 2017 AGM, at the Mabou Parish Hall at 2pm.
Can/Us Exchange Rate:
Weekly Price Report:
Weekly Fish Price Report for the Weekly Period Ending December 3, 2016
Agriculture & Fisheries
PEI Choice. . ............... $25.00-$30.00/peck
Standard. . .............. $10.00-$13.00/peck
PEI ............................. $0.75- $0.77
PEI Small . . ................$0.15-$0.17/piece
Medium. . .............. $0.15-$0.17/piece
Large. . ................$0.15-$0.17/piece
Shortcuts to Links and Information:
Safety Forms: It is strongly recommended that all Captains print and use the following forms regarding safety onboard their vessel. In case of an accident, having completed these forms and completed the checklists will simplify the investigation and show due diligence on your part:
Notice a defective or hazardous navigation aid in or near your harbour?
Call the Canadian Coast Guard at the number below:
A reminder to all fishers: all crew members are required to WEAR a certified PFD while working. If there is an accident on board your vessel, you can be held liable and be charged and fined if your helpers are not wearing them. Keep everyone safe - comfortable, small PFDs are available, easy to wear, and ensure your crew is safe.
SIN numbers Required for all fishers who receive crab share:
Due to issues that have arisen in recent years, the Canada Revenue Agency is requiring that we have each fishers SIN on their T4a. In the past, if a fishers SIN was unknown, we could leave it off their T4a. This is no longer the case.
We are asking for all fishers who receive crab share from Inverness South to please send us your SIN as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation!
Coming this fall - Plan now! For full show details click the link:
Fishing Expo Coming to Yarmouth in 2017: Plan ahead, full details of this event are available on the event website below:
Lobster Protein and Moult Report 2016: The results of the data gathered during the 2016 lobster season are available. Click the link below to read the entire report:
Please check our site daily for the most recent updates regarding :
- DFO announcements
- Meeting updates
- Changes to licensing and conditions
- All other information affecting fishers in our area
If you wish to join:
Click on the link below, fill out the blank registry form, and mark Inverness South as your association of choice!