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2015 Fishery: Hope Back on the Menu

As everyone can attest to, the fishery experiences many ups and downs — in recent years many would argue more downs than ups. But with 2015 now in the rear-view mirror, a lot of fishermen are nodding in agreement that the year gone by was actually one of the better ones in recent memory. Many of the fishery-related events that made the headlines in 2015 actually had positive overtones — catch rates were up, prices were good and there was little in the way of stakeholder squabbling and ...

P.E.I., Home of the Frankenfish: World’s First Genetically Modified Animal Approved for Human Consumption Starts Life Here

On Nov. 19, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved a company called AquaBounty to sell its genetically modified Atlantic salmon in America. The company has also applied to sell its product in Canada. Those fish, the first of their kind approved for commercial production anywhere in the world, start their lives on Prince Edward Island. But many Islanders don’t consider that particular distinction to be something to be proud of. Local environmental groups, and other ...

As Luck Would Have it

In 1991, Captain Raymond Ryan from Port Saunders, Newfoundland, was pondering his future. Some days he thought it might be time to get out of the fishing business. At 59, some would consider retirement, but Raymond was still too active for that so he wondered what else he could do with his life. The cod fishery had been declining for several years and it was difficult to make ends meet, let alone make a decent living. On his last trip of the cod-fishing season in 1991, fate played a hand ...

Port in Storm: Souris Harbour Authority Fighting to Keep Small Town Economy Afloat

Hugging itself to the red sandstone cliffs near the eastern point of Prince Edward Island's crescent profile, the community of Souris has ever been tied to the sea. First settled by Europeans in the early 1700s, farming, fishing and their associated industries have been the major employers of Souris' people ever since. But like so many other small communities in Atlantic Canada, this one has had to learn quickly how to survive in a world that seems to change faster every year. The most ...

N.B. School of Fisheries Working to Improve Industry

The building the New Brunswick School of Fisheries calls home may look dated from the outside, but the work that goes on in inside its brick walls and beyond certainly isn’t. Marcel Godin is a coordinator with what is commonly known throughout the province and beyond as the School of Fisheries. In his corner office, he works on developing and providing courses and training for commercial fishers, courses Godin himself took at the school in the mid-1990s. This has been the mandate of ...

Will the Winds of Change Sweep into the Open-Pen Fish Farming Business?

P.W. MacKay wrote a paper outlining the challenges posed by aquaculture and the potential environmental risk to fish and fish habitat from fish farm operations entitled Perspectives on the Environmental Effect of Aquaculture. These included organic loading of the sea-bed, use of anti-foulants on structure and nets, interaction between escaped farmed salmon and wild stocks and wild salmon by genetic contamination and  pressure on wild stocks from increased parasitism (sea lice) arising from ...

MI Announces New Master of Marine Studies Degree

A new Master of Marine Studies in Marine Spatial Planning and Management is about to launch at the Fisheries and Marine Institute. As the first graduate level program of its kind in Canada, the new program will provide graduates the opportunity to influence, lead and provide decision-making support for the management and planning of increasingly busy coastal and ocean spaces. “Marine spatial planning is an emerging and important field that is gaining prominence as global demands on our ...

Defying the Odds — Part II

Last month we introduced you to boat builder Val Cull from Port Saunders on Newfoundland’s northwest coast. A very interesting man who started from humble beginnings, Val was self-taught in the art of wooden boat building and later learned the skills of fibreglass construction. He was best known during most of his career for his repair and vessel maintenance skills and more recently made a name for himself as the builder of some of the largest privately owned fishing vessels ever built in ...

From Conception Bay to the Coast Guard: A Life on the Bright Blue Sea

Like many young men in Newfoundland and Labrador, Everett Wade Spurrell of Carbonear grew up working on his father’s fishing enterprise. He knew that his ideal career would involve working outdoors, and he was inspired by his two grandfathers’ work in transportation — one on the railway and the other building roads and bridges. Then in the 1970s, a recruiter from the College of Fisheries showed up at James Moore Central High School, talking about opportunities for those wanting to ...

Concerns Continue to Be Raised Over N.S. Oil Industry Expansion

During the fall, a delegation from Norway visited Newfoundland to expound the virtues of longlining over other fishing methods, in producing a higher quality product. They have been practicing this principle for decades and the proof is in the fact that Norwegian and Icelandic cod has a well-earned reputation as being the best quality in the world. It is rather ironic that in November, the Canada-Nova Scotia Petroleum Board approved the sale of two properties, almost abutting the Canadian ...