month : 11/2017 22 results

A Chronology of the Atlantic Canadian Marine Industries

There is a saying that the only constant in life is change itself. Nowhere is this adage more prevalent than in the modern Atlantic Canadian fishery. The last two decades have seen enormous change, upheaval, triumphs, failures and tragedy in this centuries-old industry and The Navigator has been there to cover, interpret and explain these ongoing changes. All one has to do is look at a simple 20-year chronology The Navigator to witness the enormous flux and transitions that have taken ...

Onwards and Upwards Navigator

Looking back over 60 years involvement with the fishery, it is always nice to focus on important milestones, especially the really positive ones. The Navigator is certainly one of those. I remember with fond memories the call from the TriNav trio to help plan a fisheries magazine a couple of years after they formed their company. After its launch and writing many articles over the years, it was a wonderful feeling to see it flourish and grow. My wish is that the magazine continues to ...

Staying the Course

TriNav Group Directors (from left) Trevor Decker, Paul Pinhorn and Rick Young discuss the launch for the first edition of The Navigator back in 1997. No one said it was going to be easy. And it wasn’t. There were a few choppy seas along the way but it worked — The Navigator Magazine is 20 years old this month and going as strong as ever. It all started in 1997 — a milestone year for me. After spending more than 30 years behind a microphone, I took an early retirement from ...

Restoring a Healthy Ecosystem in Placentia Bay

This fall, the Marine Institute’s Centre for Fisheries Ecosystem Research (CFER) will lead a team to rehabilitate eelgrass habitats and associated fish and shellfish resources in the coastal waters of Placentia Bay. The $4.7-million, five-year project was announced in September by Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, under Government of Canada’s $75 million Coastal Restoration Fund to help to rehabilitate marine ecosystems and address threats to ...

The Navigator: Charting A Course for the Future

In this age of virtually countless and questionable news and information sources, The Navigator Magazine is more relevant than ever. Not too long ago, if information appeared in print, or online in more recent years, it was pretty much assumed that the reader could trust its accuracy. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. In this ever-changing, 24-hour news cycle, anyone in almost ever corner of the world can post information, leaving it up to the overwhelmed reader to determine its ...

Listen to the Capelin

If you want to know the future of the fishery around Newfoundland and Labrador guess who you should talk to? It’s a tiny fish that’s about 20 centimetres long and weighs in at 25 grams. When it’s trawled and dumped on the deck of the boat it smells like cucumber and its silvery underbelly sparkle like diamonds in the sunshine. One more hint? Historically, it was a popular fertilizer and most people want at least one meal of it a year. You got it. It’s the Mallotus villosus, or to ...

Ernest Thornhill – A Man of Uncommon Courage and Bravery

Captain Bert Boertien has had his fair share of injuries including broken bones in his fishing career. The renowned fishing skipper from Souris, P.E.I. also had several close calls that could have been fatal, but on each occasion, luck and lots of it, was on his side. From his room at a nursing home in Souris, he loves to recount those stories and share them with friends. The Navigator was lucky enough to hear a few. In 1969, Bert’s fishing vessel, North Bay caught fire and sank off ...

Changing Markets

We catch fish because we can sell them and earn an income. We don’t intentionally catch fish for which there are no markets. We can earn a better income, if we have a better understanding of what markets want and are willing to pay for and if we then organize ourselves to provide it. It’s also important to understand that markets change over time, sometimes because of changes in what customers want — or can be enticed to buy — and sometimes because of changes in what can be ...

U.S. Lobster Industry Braces for Christmas Disruption as Canada’s Zero Tariff for EU Goes Into Effect

Canadian live lobster exporters are about to see the elimination of the eight per cent EU tariff on live lobsters, as a result of the implementation of the Canada Europe Trade Agreement (CETA). The agreement has various provisions, lowering tariffs on Canadian seafood exported to the EU over several years, but the eight per cent tariff on live lobster was eliminated completely the day the pact went into force. This has the potential to disrupt live lobster trading patterns during the ...

FISH-NL Calls for Terms of Union to be Reopened

The following letter was sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.   On behalf of the more than 3,000 inshore harvesters who are members of the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL), I’m writing to request that the Government of Canada reopen this province’s Terms of Union with regards to fisheries management. This year represents a number of milestones: the 150th anniversary of Confederation, 68 years since Newfoundland joined Canada and ...