Another Season in the Bag
Craig Avery has been fishing lobsters on Prince Edward Island for 40 years and he’s never seen prices as high as they were this season.
Avery, who is also president of the P.E.I Fishermen’s Association and other LFA 24 and LFA 26a license holders wrapped up their fishing season at the end of June.
Throughout the season, word on the docks was prices were going to be good because demand was exceptionally high. But even veterans like Avery were surprised at some of the numbers they ...
Britain’s Divorce From the EU Could Have Negative Repercussions in the Maritimes
The decision by Great Britain to divorce itself from the European Union (EU) will have far-reaching effects not only in Europe, but on this side of the Big Pond as well.
In jeopardy is CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) a major trade deal between the European Community and Canada which has been in the works for quite some time. The deal is now in peril of being snuffed out due to divorce ...
For Nova Scotia it’s Déjà vu All Over Again
The latest brouhaha between fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia is over shrimp quota allocations.
So what else is new?
Years ago, I remember discussing various fisheries topics with the then-federal Fisheries Minister Romeo LeBlanc. At one point I asked him what was the most difficult part of his job and he quickly replied, “allocations.”
Since the 1970s, a policy known as Last In, First Out (LIFO) has been in effect in Atlantic Canada. In other words, the first ...
LIFO Out, But Uneasiness Remains in Shrimp Fishery
SFA 6 Quota Cut by 42 Per Cent – Inshore Harvesters Get 70 Per Cent
The LIFO policy may be out but inshore fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador who fought to maintain a right to fish Northern shrimp were not claiming victory quite yet until they see what exactly will replace the Last In, First Out policy on shrimp quota sharing between the inshore and offshore sectors – they did not have to wait long.
On July 6, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Minister Dominic LeBlanc ...
Brexit, Trump, Future Shock and the Fishing Industry
This column will be unlike any other I have written or probably will ever write for The Navigator magazine.
But recent events represent a significant departure from those of the past few decades and I think it is worthwhile to reflect on how they relate to the fishery.
On June 23, citizens of the United Kingdom voted to withdraw from the European Union. As I write this, Donald Trump has emerged as the presumptive Republican candidate for President of the United States. And through most of ...
Aquaculture is in Essence a Form of Agriculture
“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,” Jacques Yves Cousteau has stated.
Agriculture is the science or practice of farming, for food, other crops and livestock for human use. The United Nations and its 195 member states comprising most of the world’s population, define aquaculture as the farming of aquatic plants and animals.
Farming itself is defined as the ...
CETA Deal Could Fall Apart Under Pressure of Brexit
The EU Commission is deciding how the free trade deal between the EU and Canada will be ratified.
Since the Brexit vote, the conditions have shifted markedly.
Until recently, this was considered a done deal that would give a significant boost to Canadian exports, particularly of shrimp, lobster and crab. Now the deal may not happen as the EU struggles with the aftermath of the Brexit vote.
One proposal is for the deal to take effect if it is ratified by the EU Commission and the EU ...
On the Waterfront — August 2016
Thai Union Buying Majority Stake in Lobster Processor Chez Nous
Thai Union announced another expansion into the North American lobster industry with a deal to acquire a majority stake in Canadian lobster processor Les Pecheries de Chez Nous (Chez Nous).
Under the deal, Chez Nous’s owner Francois “Frankie” Benoit will retain a minority share in the company, which recorded about $38.5 million in annual sales in 2015.
“We have recently expanded our facilities and look forward to ...
Gatekeeper to the Arctic
Jacques Yves Cousteau was a naval officer, filmmaker, scientist, explorer, photographer and researcher.
His focus and passion was on the sea. He once said, “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
That net of wonder caught hold of a young man named Mariano Koen-Alonso, who grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina. When he was 18-years-old, he went to Patagonia to attend university where his love of the sea grew.
“I had the ...
Twine Loft – August 2016
Passed On: Garnet Dickson – Salmon Beach, N.B. Fisherman
Dickson, 67, passed away accidentally on Thursday June 16, 2016. Born in Bathurst, he was the son of the late Jonathan and Alta (Caie) Dickson. Garnet was a fisherman, farmer and woodsman all of his life.
Passed On: Darren Cole – Big River, N.B. Fisherman
Cole, 45, passed away accidentally in Salmon Beach on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at the age of 45. Born in Bathurst, he was the son of Charles Cole of Big River and Betty Ann ...