New book looks at ground­fish fish­ery in south­west­ern Nova Sco­tia

Lower West Pub­nico res­i­dent Don­ald Doucette pens his third book

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A Yar­mouth County man who worked in the fish­ing in­dus­try for about three decades has writ­ten his third book on the fish­ery.

Don­ald Doucette’s lat­est vol­ume is The Fish Drag­gers of S.W. Nova Sco­tia, which will be avail­able in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions from Shel­burne to An­napo­lis coun­ties.

While the fo­cus of the book is on this re­gion of Nova Sco­tia, Doucette notes that the his­tory of the ves­sels he writes about can have a broader ge­o­graph­i­cal scope.

“Boats don’t stand still,” he said. “Some boats (for ex­am­ple) ended up in New­found­land. Some New­found­land boats ended up in Yar­mouth ... So this is about 400 boats, the peo­ple who manned the boats, the own­ers. Un­for­tu­nately, some (of the ves­sels) have sunk, some have burned. There has been loss of life, but in gen­eral it’s the story of our ground­fish fish­ery.”

Doucette spent more than five years re­search­ing and writ­ing the book, which cov­ers the pe­riod from 1945-46 to 2018. A book launch is planned for Fri­day, Jan. 11, at 1:30 p.m. at the Musée des Aca­di­ens des Pub­ni­cos.

Doucette’s first book, which came out in 2008, was his mem­oirs and of­fered read­ers a look at the off­shore scal­lop in­dus­try, in which Doucette worked for many years. His next one, pub­lished in 2012, was The Schooner Era and Har­poon Sword­fish­ing.

The re­sponse to both of those books was good, he said, and both are out of print.

A Surette’s Is­land na­tive who lives in Lower West Pub­nico, Doucette moved from his na­tive vil­lage to the Pub­nico area in the early 1960s. He was one of a num­ber of men from Surette’s Is­land who made the same move around that time to work in the fish­ery.

Re­flect­ing on his own in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence, Doucette said, “I was in­volved in pretty much all as­pects of the fish­ery, but it was re­ally off­shore scal­lop drag­ging for 20 years and the fish-drag­ging in­dus­try for seven years, and in be­tween you worked at a fish plant or you did what­ever it took

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