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Organization and Lobbyists Could Be Solution to Industry Woes

When the late U.S. President Lyndon Johnson appointed a person into his inner circle, who at times had publicly disagreed with his policies, he justified his decision by saying he’d rather have the guy inside the tent peeing out than outside the tent peeing in. When it comes to having any influence with governments, especially Ottawa concerning the commercial fishery, hiring lobbyists is the solution because the opposition is doing so and with results. Three worried lobster harvesters ...

Negative Reaction to Lobster Industry Observer Program

A recent meeting conducted by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) on a proposed Nova Scotia lobster observer program drew a mixed reaction. The Lockeport meeting was held in June and was meant for organized groups of lobster harvesters in the region. “We weren’t told what the meeting was all about and by law organized fishermen’s group like ours have to be told,” Colin Sproul said. He is the spokesman for the 175-member Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermens Association. ...

A Hard Year For Ice: Plant Workers Included in Federal Compensation Plan

Newfoundland and Labrador is no stranger to ice floes, but even the most seasoned marine veteran will tell you that the 2017 season has been unprecedented. Almost daily northeasterly gales blasted the province’s east coast all spring, leading to unusually thick arctic ice being rafted unto the shore, blocking harbours and preventing many fishermen from reaching the snow crab grounds. As a result of the constant fishing delays and much lobbying by stakeholders in the province, the ...

Cod — Building the Fishery of the Future

The Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation will be holding a conference on the theme Cod —Building the Fishery of the Future at the Quality Hotel and Suites in Gander on November 22 and 23, 2017. We are holding the conference to provide people who expect to be part of the future cod industry with information they will need to prepare for it. In this column, I don’t usually talk much about the work we do at CCFI. My purpose is more to challenge the industry to think about what we do ...

Canadian Scientists Call for Additional MPA Improvements

The following letter was addressed to Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change. We, the undersigned Canadian marine scientists, urge the Government of Canada to increase the level of protection currently provided to Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and the National Marine Conservation Areas (NMCAs) through Environment and Climate Change Canada. We also call for increased transpar...

Fisheries Issues Can be Traced to Three Root Causes

The more people I talk to about the fishery, the more I become convinced that there are three root causes of the reoccurring catastrophes in the fishing industry. Those causes are corporate profits, election votes and union agendas. Combined, they add up to political interference. We have been digging and tunneling for hundreds of years, but we still have more non-renewable resources left under the ground than we have renewable resources left under the water. What does that tell us ...

On the Waterfront – August 2017

Polar Prince on Epic Voyage A St. John’s-based Canadian icebreaker is on an epic voyage of discovery across the Arctic to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. The Canada C3 ship, the Polar Prince, is a 220-foot former Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker currently on a 23,000-kilometre voyage from Toronto to Victoria, via the Northwest Passage, stopping in many ports along its route. The Canada C3’s journey from the Great Lakes into the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific oceans has four main ...

The Twine Loft – August 2017

Passed On: Clifford Aucoin – Cheticamp, N.S. Fisherman Aucoin, 80, passed away June 20 at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre. Born in Grand Etang, Inverness County, to the late Denis and Minnie (LeFort) Aucoin, he served 28 years with the RCAF in air traffic control. For 25 years he was President of the Northern Cape Breton Fishing Vessel Association and was also consultant for the Cheticamp Monitoring Association for 15 years. Passed On: Willie Boudreau – Petit Etang, N.S. ...

Uncertainty Surfaces Surrounding Future Lobster Stocks

Record-setting lobster landings have been the catalyst of late driving the fishery in the northeastern Atlantic. Catches on both sides of the border have sustained an almost uninterrupted surge in abundance for more than a decade. By 2015, U.S. and Canadian harvests had nearly doubled — adding up to a combined volume of 157,000 metric tonnes (346 million pounds) with a value of (U.S.) $1.48 billion. In eastern Canada, lobster landings have increased from just over 54,000 metric tonnes ...

Gulf Snow Crab Fishery Closed to Protect North Atlantic Right Whales

On July 20, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced the closure of Snow Crab Fishing Area 12 in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence. This decision was made in an effort to protect North Atlantic Right whales from risks posed by snow crab fishing gear in the area. As of July 20, 98 per cent of the total allowable catch for snow crab in Area 12 has already been harvested. “We understand the impact this could have on fishers. However, the recent whale mortalities in the area are unprec...