Input from Third-Party Organizations Could Aid in Facilitating Industry Change
A number of weeks ago I responded to an article I read published in the Globe and Mail about the Northern cod population and the future of the fishing industry.
The article laid out the complex web of challenges created by the convergence of industry and economic development needs, political pressures, conservation requirements and the available scientific information.
In showing that web, the article highlighted the questions within which the industry remains ensnared:
Does anyone ...
Will Seals Decide the Future of Rural N.L.?
The recorded number of harp seals in the North Atlantic, up to 1982, was 2.2 million.
At that time, with the implementation of the 200-mile-limit, the inshore fishery had rebounded somewhat and fishermen were making a living, rural Newfoundland and Labrador was doing very well. Many fishermen were making a living off lobster, herring, squid and salmon, fishing out of an 18-foot boat.
Enter the bleeding hearts and movie stars who decided to make a name for themselves by interfering with ...
A Very Sordid Fish Tale
Grab a seat and I will share with you a fishy tale that haunts our shores.
To begin with, Newfoundland and Labrador was once a major fish exporting nation. In fact, when we joined Confederation in 1949, our abundant fish resource elevated Canada from 14th place in the world as a fish-exporting nation to 6th.
Today, we have hit rock bottom when it comes to the fishery. Canada has not rebuilt our fish resource, despite approaching 30 years after a devastating groundfish moratorium.
SFA 6 Shrimp TAC Needs to be Revisited
Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Bernadette Jordan on May 25, 2021.
I write regarding the recent decision by Fisheries and Oceans Canada to institute a year-over-year limit of 15 per cent on increases to the total allowable catch (TAC) in shrimp fishing area (SFA) 6 off southern Labrador and northeastern Newfoundland.
There is no mention in DFO’s Integrated Fisheries Management Plan (IFMP) for Northern shrimp of such a year-ove...
On the Waterfront – July 2021
N.L. Fisherman Dies After Boat Capsizes
A well-known Western Newfoundland fisherman died on May 21 after the boat he was in overturned on St. George’s Bay.
60-year-old Lawrence Kendall of Lower Cove was confirmed to be the victim of the tragic lobster fishing accident. Another man, who had been on the boat when it overturned, was stranded on a cliff and later airlifted to safety.
Bay St. George RCMP received a call about the overturned 22-foot vessel, near Lower Cove, at around 8:15 ...
The Twine Loft – July 2021
Passed On: Lawrence Kendall – Lower Cove, N.L. fisherman
Kendall, 60, tragically passed away on May 21 as a result of a lobster fishing accident. Born on September 30, 1960, he was a well-known and respected fisherman on Newfoundland’s west coast.
Passed On: Paul Caines – Bartlett’s Harbour, N.L. fisherman
Caines, 61, passed away on May 23. He had two great loves, his family and the sea. He was a captain through and through and he was a fisherman his entire life. He was ...
A Greene Perspective on the Fishery
For every issue and problem that surfaces in the Atlantic Canadian fishery, there are an exponential number of possible solutions offered up — many of which never see the light of day.
There is a litany of reasons why ideas aimed at “fixing” many of the systemic problems in today’s fishery never amount to more than lip service — including a lack of trust and cooperation. So, it will be interesting to see what happens to a few high-profile observations and nuggets of wisdom that ...