month : 03/2017 29 results

Happiness is a Clean Boat

Jana Jeffery has probably been labeled a few things, but no one has ever called her lazy. Jana has seen and done a whole lot in her time and during most of her adult years, she’s held down a couple of jobs at the same time. Born in Ottawa 42 years ago, where she lived until age 4, Jana grew up in Elliot Lake, a mining town in Northern Ontario. She was always an active outdoors girl. “I grew up building forts, riding bikes, fishing and swimming in the lake behind my home and lots of ...

LFA 33-34 Lobster Prices All Over the Map

The talk on the wharves prior to the opening of the lobster fishery in LFA 33-34 on Nov. 28 was that things would be different this year regarding price. Last year’s benign weather conditions allowed some harvesters to operate every day for the first 28 of the season. Everything was sold at a decent price, including lower grade stuff, from opening day with prices topping off in some niches at $15/pound in February. How things have changed. With February on the cusp, most harvesters ...

Celebrating the Past… Focused on the future

By Phil Barnes Smallwood & Resettlement (Between a Rock and a Hard Place) When Newfoundland joined Canada in 1949, Premier Joey Smallwood was determined to modernize Canada’s youngest province, or, as he once said... “We’ll drag Newfoundlanders kicking and screaming into the twentieth century if we have to.” His plan was to diversify the economy and provide public services such as better schools, hospitals, better communication and transportation. This would be accomplished by ...

Serving Customers

In the fishery in Atlantic Canada, there is a widespread belief among harvesters that they are the most important people in the seafood value chain, because they catch fish for others to process and eat. Without them, there would be no fish. Although there is a certain logic to it, that view of the world is completely upside down. In any value chain — seafood or other — the most important person is the one at the end of the chain — the consumer — who buys the product, pays for it, ...

More Misinformation About the Seal Hunt

The snow and the ice is starting to form and the termites are starting to come out of the woodwork, what I call the ill-informed bleeding hearts. I am referring to the seal protest that took place recently in St. John’s. Renee Gosse, one of the protesters that was interviewed by CBC, was asked why she was protesting the seal hunt. She stated that they were trying to educate the people of this province about the seal hunt, adding it is cruel, wasteful and unnecessary. I have been ...

On the Waterfront – March 2017

Increase in Turbot TAC for Nunavut The Nunavut Offshore Allocation Holders Association (NOAHA) has stated it is pleased with the recent announcement by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) of an increase in total allowable catch (TAC) for Greenland halibut (turbot) in NAFO Divisions 0A and 0B. The Total Allowable Catch for Division 0A will increase from 8,000 tonnes to 8,575 tonnes and Nunavut will receive 100 per cent of the increase. The total allowable catch for NAFO Division 0B will ...

Twine Loft – March 2017

Passed On: Ches Penney – St. John’s, N.L. Businessman Penney, 84, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on January 26, 2017. He was born in Carbonear, the eldest of 12 children. Penney had a business career spanning more than 60 years during which time he developed an extensive group of close business associates and friends too numerous to name. He was the founder and chairman of the Penney Group of Companies, one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest private commerc...

Warming Waters Creating Even Hotter Fishing?

While fledgling U.S. President Donald Trump may scoff at the idea of global warming, those involved in the Atlantic Canadian fishery might be of another opinion. There is absolutely no doubt that fisheries in this region have been changing over the last decade, with most folks pointing the finger at warming water temperatures. A recent study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has suggested future warming of ocean waters off the eastern seaboard may be greater ...