Adapting to Climate Change in Fisheries and Aquaculture
The United Nations recognizes climate change as one of the greatest challenges to global food security this century. Both terrestrial and aquatic environments are changing as a result of increased greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxides which result from the burning of fossil fuels and food production.
The agriculture and fishing industries are contributors to GHG emissions around the world, however, the good news is that the impact is much less than ...
Area Resident Concerned About Proposed Shelburne Basin Drilling
A major oil spill in the Shelburne Basin could be so disastrous for the residents of Shelburne County, Nova Scotia, that a NORIGS-type of committee is being suggested to act as an intervener before the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NSOPB).
John Davis made this proposal in an open letter to a local weekly newspaper addressed to the residents of the county a few days before Christmas.
Davis is no stranger to the area, having been a leading director of NORIGS, a fishplant ...
Quality is Biggest Issue Facing the Fishery Today
Of all the challenges we have in the capture fishery in Atlantic Canada — and there are many — probably none is bigger or more important to the future of the industry than the need to improve the quality of our raw materials and finished products.
Quality is a foundation piece — it underpins everything else, determining what is possible in processing and marketing, our ultimate output value, the incomes earned by harvesters and plant workers and the profitability of plants and fishing ...
P.E.I. Lobster Industry Looking To Marketing Levy For Future
The Prince Edward Island lobster industry is trying to take fate into its own hands.
A plebiscite has been set for March 2015, in which members of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA) will decide whether to create a commodity board for the resource. It’s a first step towards their ultimate goal of collecting a one cent per-pound levy from the catch and using the proceeds to market their product.
It’s nothing less than a historic attempt by the industry to take a more active ...
Don’t Worry Buddy, You’re Not Going Back
Black Tickle, on the coast of Labrador, was one of the most prolific cod fishing areas on the east coast of Canada in 1974.
Vessels from all areas of Newfoundland and Labrador, along with some from Quebec, would congregate there at certain times of the year and fishermen could always depend on good catch rates. In fact, in the era of mainly gillnet fishing, one of the biggest problems was too much gear in the water that would often get tangled in someone else’s nets.
Like others from ...
Fishing for Success
NL Organization Formed to Pass on Traditional Industry Practices
The name Petty Harbour has been synonymous with the fishery for centuries. And Kimberly Orren would like to ensure it stays that way for many years to come.
Orren is the executive director and driving force behind Fishing for Success, a new, non-profit organization formed to help preserve traditional fishing knowledge in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove resident explained her vision for the fledgling ...
Smelt Fishing: A Dying N.B. Tradition?
Years ago, the frozen rivers and bays of Northern New Brunswick were busy places.
Not only did the ice provide a means of winter transportation, it came alive with the sights and sounds of smelt fishing.
Hundreds of pickets and poles dotted the waterways to hold the nets in place. There was net upon net up and down the Tabusintac River and out in the bay. Shanties were pulled with horses from nearby shores onto the ice or onto the beaches. Men lived in these small hovels from Monday to ...
Twine Loft – February 2015
Passed On: Mike Maynard — Northern Lights VP and Northeast Branch Manager
Maynard passed away, peacefully at his home on September 20, after a long battle with cancer. He was 62. Maynard had worked for Northern Lights since the 1980s, when he was hired to start up the company’s Northeast branch office. His colleagues say he worked ‘tirelessly’ to build the NL and Lugger brands in the Northeast, as well as working closely with several prestigious East Coast boatbuilders. A veteran of ...
Will CETA War Overshadow Shrimp Battle?
Uncertainty remains the catchword for the 2015 Atlantic Canada shrimp fishery.
Many harvesters are waiting, with much trepidation, to see if additional shrimp quota cuts will be coming this year. However, some indicators are pointing to a further tightening of already shrinking quotas. Question to be asked is what will be the extent of those abatements?
Fishermen took a major hit last year when federal quota reductions included a cut of 20 per cent to Shrimp Fishing Area Six, with the ...
FFAW President Outlines Union’s Key Priorities
The new president of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) is not wasting any time in outlining his priorities for the powerful Newfoundland and Labrador union.
Keith Sullivan spoke about his mandate during a recent interview with The Navigator.
While there are many issues currently facing the FFAW, fair access to adjacent resources is at the top of the list, the labour leader explained.
“Most people are aware of the difficulties we have facing us with the northern shrimp. If ...