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Fishing Industry Participants Working to Help Their Own

When Stewart Franck began working with the Fisheries Safety Association of Nova Scotia (FSANS), he said seeing a fisherman wearing a personal flotation device was a rare thing. Now, five years after getting the conversation going about implementing safe fishing practices in the commercial fishing industry, it is the opposite. “It’s at the point now that fishers that don’t wear the PFDs are in the minority,” said Franck, the executive director of FSANS. When asked how the ...

Scientists, Environmentalists Plead for Repairs of Damage Done by Harper Government

Fisheries and Oceans is wounded but not slain and many people in the fishing industry hope that it will rise up again because in these times of high uncertainty and anxiety, what the fishing industry needs is more credible science. The Harper government certainly did a job on Fisheries and Oceans. Budgets were slashed, scientists muzzled, all in the name of having a balanced budget which Harper hoped would return his party to power for a third term. Fortunately, this didn’t happen. The ...

Fishing and Farming the Seas

Historical Perspective and Future Prospects on Sustainable Seafood Production “We must plant the sea and herd its animals using the sea as farmers instead of hunters. That is what civilization is all about — farming replacing hunting” — a quote from the famous oceans explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau in the early 1970s. Perhaps by then he had already begun to see the devastating effects industrial, large scale fishing vessels were having on our oceans ecosystems. Fishing is indeed ...

Federal Fisheries Minister Resigns to Seek Addiction Treatment

Late Tuesday night, a bombshell dropped in Ottawa — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement saying Hunter Tootoo had resigned his position as minister of fisheries and oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and was leaving the Liberal caucus to seek treatment for addiction. "Effective immediately, the Honourable Hunter Tootoo has resigned from his position as minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard," Trudeau said in the statement. "He will also be leaving ...