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On the Waterfront — April 2016

CETA Proceeding Despite Uncertain N.L. Fisheries Fund In late February, International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland said the legal review of the English text of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is complete and is expected to come into effect in 2017. However, there was no word on where things stand with the $400-million joint fund for Newfoundland and Labrador’s fishery. First proclaimed in October 2013, the fund was to be cost-shared, with ...

Twine Loft – April 2016

Passed On: Graham MacCuspic – Grand River, N.S. Fisherman MacCuspic, 61, passed away February 13, 2016. He was the son of Murdo and Kay (Paterson) MacCuspic. He worked in Western and Northern Canada, returning to become a lobster/crab fisherman. In his earlier years, he was a member of the Grand River Fire Department and the cemetery committee. He served on the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary and on the Richmond County School Board. He was also the president of the L’Archeveque Wharf ...

Salt of the Island Sea: P.E.I. Company Hoping to Turn Artisanal Salt Into Burgeoning Industry

From the original Mi’kmaq First Nation inhabitants, to the French and British Empire colonists and their descendants, the people of Prince Edward Island have always relied on the sea to provide for their families. Over the years, Islanders have found new and ingenious ways of reaping the bounty of the ocean. Now one Charlottetown company is looking to the sea itself to apply some of that same old fashioned ingenuity. The Prince Edward Island Sea Salt Co. is a new venture by an ...

There Must Be a Better Way

If you are a regular viewer of CBC television, or Mother Corp. as many of its employees call it, you are probably familiar with the popular, long-running show called Dragon’s Den. For the uninitiated, the premise of the show is pretty simple: budding entrepreneurs pitch a potential money-making idea to a group of wealthy venture capitalists and hope to convince some of them to invest in their scheme. In many cases, the show’s participants will present a problem or scenario that needs ...

Action Committee Hopes Liberals Stick to Commitment on Environmental Assessments

In a region which has been labelled as ‘have not’ for so many years, the thought of any project that will create jobs for any extended period of time is music in the ears of politicians, as well as their constituents. The problem with this scenario is Atlantic provincial governments did not practice due diligence on mega projects which promised much and produced very little. Thus we have major failures in the four Atlantic provinces in the field of attracting companies which last the ...

Satellite Tagging Reveals Northern Gulf Halibut Mysteries

By Dominique Robert and Jonathan Fisher Following the 2015 stock assessment, the quota for Atlantic halibut in the Gulf of St. Lawrence was set at a record high. However, the fishery is currently managed under the precautionary approach given the absence of a true abundance estimate and despite the fact that industry feels the stock has been underexploited for several years. Given this, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) scientists are planning the design of a longline survey, which ...

Winter Lobster Fishery Remaining Strong: Concerns Raised Over Quality of Some Landed Product

When asked to describe the first few weeks of the lobster fishery in LFA 34, Hubert Saulnier, who has fished from his home port of Meteghan River for the past 46 years, said that “catches were down but landings were up.” While it sounds like an oxymoron, he was right. Initial landings were down from a year ago, but since fishermen could fish almost every day during those first two weeks, overall landings were up. Prices have also been good — staying above $6/pound for that period, ...

Solving Problems

Our industry has many problems: a resource regime shift driven by global warming, a diminishing supply of labour, changing and increasingly expensive technologies and weak competitiveness, to name some of the more significant ones. However, the truth is the fishing industry in Atlantic Canada has had serious problems of one kind or another pretty much from its very beginning. The industry’s problems have been studied time and again for decades by different people and reports of the ...