Here is the route covered by this blog posting.
Lighthouse at Cape George
Sunset at Merigomish Harbour
Monday August 1st
- There are a fixed number of licences issued and they are for life. The current price of a licence is about $30,000. A licence allows the owner to catch one Bluefin Tuna per year. Licences rarely trade owners and most often stay in the same family
- Tuna range in size from about 300 pounds up to almost 1500 pounds. The largest on record is 1496 pounds caught in Nova Scotia in 1979. The season starts on August 5th each year and runs to November. Most fishermen wait until the early fall as to start trying to catch their one tuna as the tuna are in these waters to feed and they gain about 2 kilos per day.
- Before a licence holder heads out to fish for his tuna, he must fill in and submit a series of forms. If he’s successful, he must call in his catch and his vessel will be met by the Harbour Authority to accept the catch, weigh it and prepare it for auction the next day
- Tuna are the worlds most sought after sport fishing catch - it is a “catch and release program” in Canada
- Tuna are very fast swimmers, reaching up to 50 miles per hour
- The young lady who guided us through the Tuna Interpretative Centre is a member of a fishing family, who is training to take over her father’s lobster licence in about 5 years.
Bluefin Tuna Interpretive Center (Dave, Barb & Fran)
Model of 300 pound Bluefin Tuna
Tug'n, Sir Tugley & Encore at Ballantyne Cove
- When out on the water, spray from the wind and waves will cover your boat. As the salt water dries it leaves salt crystals everywhere. You can wipe you hand along a stainless steel rail and get your fingers covered in salt crystals
- We have scuppers in the cockpit of our boat to drain water away. If the water is rough while underway, water from waves will splash up the scupper into our cockpit. We mostly walk barefoot around our boat, but stepping onto a deck that is damp with salt water doesn’t feel very good and you will track it back inside the boat onto your floors and carpets
- On the positive side, there are far fewer bugs (mosquitos, deer flies, horse flies etc) in a salt water environment. Also, the boat floats higher and goes faster and somewhat more efficiently in salt water vs fresh water. Salt water has tides and currents, so if you plan your trips carefully, you can move faster and use less fuel which is also great. We’ve learned to love tides, sort of.
Same section of hull after cleaning the salt
Tug'n (left side) dwarfed by 68' Nordhavn (right) at
St. Peters Lions Club Marina