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Fish Processing Icon Pat Quinlan Has Passed Away

Pat Quinlan, the co-founder of Quinlan Brothers, has passed away. Quinlan was born in Red Head Cove on November, 1929 – the youngest of seven children in the family of Patrick and Alice Quinlan. Throughout Pat’s life, he received many accolades and awards within the local community. However, it was as owner, manager, president and CEO of Quinlan Brothers Limited that Pat left his mark on the fishing industry of Newfoundland and Labrador. Living next to the prolific fishing grounds of ...

Federal Fisheries Minister Diagnosed With Leukemia

In a surprise announcement December 6, federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc announced publicly that he has been diagnosed with leukemia. “During my annual physical exam last spring, my family doctor happened to detect an anomaly in my white blood cell count. She immediately referred me to a specialist, Dr. (Nicholas) Finn," LeBlanc said in a press release. The minister confirmed that “after several additional tests and consultations, doctors diagnosed me with chronic lymphocytic ...

Changing Supply

Last month in this column, I talked about changing markets and provided some examples of how the U.S. market for fish products had changed over a 20-year period. This month, I will focus on how the supply of fish has changed in recent decades. Markets have two sides — demand and supply. Markets are primarily about the demand side — purchasing and consumption — because that is the reason there is a supply. Without buyers, there would be no suppliers. As I have said before in this ...

Cod, Shrimp and Pangasius See Gains in U.S. Consumption

Cod is the big winner in the per capita U.S. consumption numbers, as it has taken an increased share of the whitefish market over the past five years. The per capita consumption numbers released by the National Fisheries Institute recently showed a drop in overall U.S. seafood consumption from 15.5 to 14.9 pounds. Almost all of the drop was attributable to salmon, where consumption fell .7 pounds per person. The NMFS model, on which NFI bases its numbers, is a disappearance model and is ...

What is the Outcome for N.L. Dropping Minimum Processing Requirements?

What did Newfoundland and Labrador get for giving up minimum processing requirements (MPR) under CETA? CETA is the trade deal Canada just signed with the European Union and the signature for Canada was Justin Trudeau. MPRs reflect an established right of a province to impose minimum processing requirements for fish landed at our ports. In the past, exemptions have been approved for the export of unprocessed fish when the market required it and/or when processing was not viable. No other ...

Summer Commercial Cod Fishery Should be Eliminated

Once again, Bob Verge has produced a very thought provocative article with his column Quantity Versus Value, Navigator Vol. 20. No. 10, October 2017. When the time comes and it will, when Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are allowed to kill a cod for gain and sell it commercially, we have to do it like the Scandinavians. Maximizing value is the way to proceed. I tell people it really does not matter how we catch cod in the summer months. This is only “hobby fishing.” However, when ...

Apply the Precautionary Principle Before it is Too Late

In letters to the editor (Navigator, Vol 20, No. 10, October 2017), John Risley raises several examples of what we don’t know about our fishery. We have no real idea of what our fishing industry resources are going to look like in 10 years’ time, including changes in location and abundance. He points out we are enjoying record catches for Atlantic Canada’s most valuable species, lobster; but we have no idea whether we can count on these catches to remain stable or improve or go into ...

On the Waterfront – December 2017

Canada’s Largest Commercial Marine Event a Near Sell-Out With exhibit booth space nearly sold out, excitement is mounting for the next edition of Fish Canada Workboat Canada, returning to the Moncton Coliseum Complex on January 26-27, 2018. This biennial event is Canada’s largest commercial marine trade show. It welcomes those who make their living on, in, and around the water, along with those who provide the related products and services to keep Atlantic Canada’s marine-based ...

The Twine Loft – December 2017

Passed On: John MacKinnon – Lismore, N.S. Fisherman MacKinnon, 72, of Lismore, passed away on October 13 at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish. Born in Antigonish, he was a son of the late Ivan Joseph and Mary (MacDonald) MacKinnon. He was an electrician in his earlier years, a lobster fisherman for the last 30 years and a loyal Montreal Canadiens fan. Passed On: Sheldon Rudolph – Lismore, N.S. Fisherman Rudolph, 75, passed away on October 5 at St. Mary’s Hospital, ...