Kerry Hann

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Managing Editor of The Navigator Magazine.

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Critical Seafood Exports Showing Signs of Life

Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canadian seafood, especially lobster, is not just enjoyed by consumers around North America, but around the globe. However, as you are aware, live lobsters don’t crawl to these foreign markets themselves. Part of the challenge for processors and buyers, notably for a live product such as lobster, is timely and efficient air cargo transportation. Prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, air shipments of live lobster from this region were on the ...

Knowledge Itself is Power

To the surprise of few, the current season in lobster fishing areas 33–34 is turning out to be a difficult one. Everyone involved with what is one of the world’s largest lobster fisheries knew the chips were stacked against them this year. Some have even called it a perfect storm of decreased landings, markets and prices, combined with early foul and inclement weather. From lower shore prices, to international market uncertainty, to the back-breaking jump in inflation — these ...

IUU Fishing: Far From a Foreign Problem

With everything going in the fishery throughout Atlantic Canada, oftentimes, it is hard to take a step back and look at the global fishing picture — after all, don’t we have enough to worry about here? However, once and while, it is a worthwhile practice to pause for a second and compare our various fisheries here with others being prosecuted around the world. While we always have our issues, for the most part, our commercial fisheries are well run, with conservation and the future top ...

Is the Retail Seafood Market About to Bounce Back?

Long before it kicked off, everyone participating in the lobster fishing area (LFA) 33–34 fishery knew 2022–23 was going to be a challenging season. Lower shore prices, market uncertainty and record prices for bait and diesel are among some of the adversities facing harvesters this year. Buyers and processors in Nova Scotia are also being extra cautious due to slower than normal international markets at this stage of the season. At the same time, fishermen have their calculators out ...

From Rhetoric to Real Issues

A little over a year ago, The Navigator took a deep dive into the mandate letter of newly appointed Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and Canadian Coast Guard Joyce Murray. A mandate letter sets the table for the work and legislation each federal minister is expected to prioritize by their boss, the Prime Minister. After a quick peruse of Minister Murray’s mandate letter, three key points dominated the Prime Minster’s marching orders: climate, the environment and Indigenous ...

Adding Insult to Injury

Author Elizabeth Edwards once wrote, “She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” With a challenging 2023 lobster season on the horizon, it looks as the though the resilient commercial fishermen in Southwest Nova Scotia might have quite a bit of metaphorical sail adjusting to do over the next six months. Harvesters in this region are no strangers to adversity and they are certainly going to have to call upon that experience to navigate the ...

2022: A Year Not for the Record Books

As 2022 is fading out of sight in the rearview mirror, we are left shaking our collective heads thinking, what a difference a few months can make. In March of this year, the world was emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and despite inflationary increases, things were looking up — especially for the commercial fishery in this region. At the time, lobster fishermen in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33–34 off Nova Scotia were getting north of $16/pound for their catches. For their brethren ...

Ramping up the “Red List” Resistance

American author James C. Collins once said, “Bad decisions made with good intentions, are still bad decisions.” After receiving and continuing to receive unmitigated backlash over its decision to “Red List” American lobster and Canadian snow crab, the California-based Monterey Bay Aquarium is sticking to its misguided guns — at least for now. As everyone in the Atlantic Canadian fishing industry already knows, as part of its Seafood Watch Program, in September, the conservation ...

Collective Bargaining Report a Small Step Forward

Aristotle once wrote, “How many a dispute could have been deflated into a single paragraph if the disputants had dared to define their terms.” After an embattled 2022 fishing season, with accusations flying like ocean spray in the wind, the Newfoundland and Labrador government did make an attempt to define the possible causes of this year’s harvester/processor disputes in the fishery. On July 21, N.L. Labour Minister Bernard Davis announced an independent review of the collective ...

The Greying of the Fleet

Rodney Dangerfield once said “It’s great to have grey hair. Ask anyone who’s bald.” And one does not have to visit too many commercial fishing wharves and harbours across Atlantic Canada to see plenty of examples of that grey hair peeking out from under ball caps. According to the federal government, for the first time in Canada’s history, there are now more individuals over the age of 65 than there are children under the age of 15. In Atlantic Canada, more than one in three ...