month : 05/2018 19 results

Navigate Safely: Keep Water Out of Service Tanks

Over the last few years, we have seen significant changes take place in the marine industry. Increased traffic, variation in fuel prices and emerging technologies have all impacted the way we navigate our waterways. What hasn’t changed is the need to navigate safely, which remains a top of mind priority. Recent Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) investigations have highlighted a safety issue with respect to engine room practices aboard ships, more specifically regarding fuel ...

Safety at Sea Improving for N.S. Fishing Industry

Above photo: Miss Ally leaving West Head on February 12, 2013. Photo courtesy of Della Sears Newell The adoption and implementation of safe fishing practices in the Nova Scotia fishing industry is paying off in terms of lives saved, less injuries and the lowest Worker’s Compensation rates in 20 years. “Since 2016, the fishing industry has saved $7.5 million in premiums” for Worker’s Compensation, said Amanda Dedrick executive director of the Nova Scotia Fisheries Safety ...

Risky Business

The May issue of The Navigator each year is about marine safety. Consistent with that theme, this column is about the risks associated with catching fish. And there is no doubt fishing is a risky business. Wikipedia provides a couple of interesting definitions of risk. One is “the potential for gaining or losing something of value.” And the other is “the intentional interaction with uncertainty.” Both seem to be relevant for thinking about risk in the fishery. Although there ...

Those Criticizing Arctic Clam Award are Ignoring History of the Fishery

I feel compelled to write to you to provide some clarification on a number of items related to the Arctic surf clam fishery that I feel are not being presented in recent news articles. These show, in my opinion, that the Minister of Fisheries, Dominic LeBlanc, made an informed and correct decision and that some of the claims being made about the negative impacts of this decision are being overstated in an effort to undermine the minister’s decision. What is not being reported is the ...

Northern Cod: Focusing on Facts and Science to Protect the Future

In March, word of a single-year 30 per cent decline in Northern cod attracted the attention of media, scientists and environmental groups from around the globe. The world was clearly watching Canada’s management of this stock. It was quite telling to see how various stakeholders responded. From a scientific perspective, I was disappointed but not surprised with the dramatic decline. Since 2015, our organization, the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC), has repeatedly ...

On the Waterfront – May 2018

Five Nations Clam Company Announces Partners There was much speculation following the Feb. 21 announcement that the newly-created Five Nations Clam Company would be receiving the new, lucrative license for Arctic surf clams form the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. At the time, it was announced that the Five Nations Clam Company would be comprised of First Nations from Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick and will partner with Cape ...

Twine Loft – May 2018

Passed On: Cleophas (Cle) Newhook – St. John’s, N.L. politician, theologian and author Newhook, 74, passed away March 2 in St John’s after a short bout with cancer. Newhook, a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Oxford University England, grew up in Norman’s Cove, Trinity Bay. He was an activist and advocate who worked for many causes over the years. He was well-known for being the Director of the Ocean Ranger Families Foundation, a non-profit foundation established ...

Management Policy Should Never Impact Safety

On June 16, 2015, the small fishing vessel CFV 130214 was reported overdue from a fishing trip in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre-Halifax initiated a search of the area. The next day, search and rescue personnel recovered the three deceased crew members on Bar Haven Island. The vessel was not found and is believed to have sunk. With only a few weeks left in the fishing season and none of his crab quota filled, the master was under increased ...

Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region Exemplary Service Medals

Sixteen members of the Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region were recently awarded Exemplary Service Medals and Bars at Government House in St. John’s. The awards were presented by the Honourable Frank F. Fagan, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador on behalf of Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada and Honorary Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard. The Canadian Coast Guard Exemplary Service Medal is part of the Canadian ...