News Release Archive

  Fisheries Minister Jim Barkhouse, says 1995 was a good year
  for the province's fishing, fish processing and aquaculture
  "The people of Nova Scotia should know that fish and fish
  products are still our most important export commodity,
  representing 26.6 per cent of total exports. New England is
  our biggest market but we are making in-roads in other key
  U.S. regional markets."
  "While we cannot turn our backs on Nova Scotians who have
  been severely affected by changes in the groundfishery, and
  programs to assist older workers retire from the fishery are
  now in place, we should focus on the many bright spots which
  characterize the fishery of today," said Mr. Barkhouse. "The
  department is working hard to help industry adapt to
  economic and technological changes which influence the way
  we do business at home and abroad. We should focus on
  positive developments which will pay dividends in the
  He said, there have been many milestones or "firsts" for
  Nova Scotia during the past year. For example, in January, a
  commercial shrimp trap fishery began in Canso, with
  promising results for inshore fishermen. The annual Boston
  Seafood Show in March opened new doors of opportunity for
  seafood producers, and a sea urchin workshop provided
  hands-on training for urchin harvesters, including handling
  and marketing advice. In April, the department sponsored a
  packaging seminar at the Yarmouth fisheries exhibition, and
  a decision was made to expand experimental aquaculture
  development in the Annapolis Basin.
  In May, province-wide brook and lake stocking programs were
  well-underway at some 400 locations. The inland fisheries
  division also worked with sportfishing associations and
  community groups to help organize numerous fishing derbies
  and competitive fishing tournaments. Summer is always busy
  for the marketing division, and this year staff travelled to
  13 different counties demonstrating healthy and nutritious
  ways to serve fish. Mako shark was the biggest hit of the
  barbecue season.
  August was notable because a five-year, $10 million working
  capital loan guarantee program for aquaculture was approved
  by the government. In addition, the province's first
  comprehensive aquaculture development strategy was prepared
  and submitted for government and industry approval. Key
  contributions from technology and inspection included
  introductions of a mechanical periwinkle harvester, an
  on-board periwinkle grader, rock crab leg processing
  equipment and a Spanish mussel declumper.
  In September, Mr. Barkhouse led an industry mission to the
  United Kingdom and Norway to seek information and potential
  partnering opportunities for growers of alternate marine
  finfish such as flounders and halibut. October saw the
  introduction of a new mackerel filleting machine and tests
  were conducted on dissolvable mussel socks. The Fisheries
  Organization Support Act, a milestone for the province's 54
  fishing organizations and associations, was tabled in the
  legislature Oct. 26. The first salmon were harvested from
  experimental sites in the Annapolis Basin, with very
  promising results for future development.
  By November, it was clear that the Area 12, Southern Gulf,
  crab fishery was a major success with more than 600 tonnes
  of crab harvested, with an estimated value of $4.5 million.
  This year, for the first time in many years, much of this
  crab was processed in Nova Scotia rather than trucked
  At Auld's Cove, the first commercial billfish fishery was
  conducted and approximately 500,000 kilograms were landed in
  the first trials. The fish is currently sold for lobster
  bait, and inquiries from Russia and China indicate there may
  be opportunities to develop a billfish food fishery.
  December's highlight was the seal harvester's handling
  course at the School of Fisheries in Pictou. The seminar was
  organized by the North of Smokey Fisherman's Association and
  the federal and provincial departments of fisheries.
  Participants were schooled about the history of the harvest,
  current issues, and professional harvesting techniques. A
  key feature of the course was the "training the trainers"
  module, enabling people to take information back to their
  home communities to broaden the base of professional seal
  Contact: Diane Kenny  902-424-0308
  trp                        Dec. 27, 1995