Is the Whole Greater Than the Sum of its Parts?
“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.”
U.S. human rights activist Malcolm X was surely not referring to the fishery when he said these famous words, but they certainly could apply to the peaks and valleys of this turbulent industry.
Of all the adjectives used to describe the fishing industry over the last 50 years or so, turbulence might be one of the best. ...
Using Indigenous and Local Knowledge and Science to Better Manage Capelin
By Chelsea Boaler, Ph.D. Student
Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland
Centre for Fisheries Ecosystem Research
Capelin (Mallotus villosus) is a prominent pelagic forage fish species for piscivorous predators in North Atlantic and Arctic waters.
It is not only a central food source in marine ecosystems, but also holds important subsistence and commercial value for people. Despite the ecological ...
NL-GIDC Outlines Priority Issues for Groundfish Industry Development
Above photo: NL-GIDC independent chair, Jim Baird
Since its inception in April 2016, the Newfoundland and Labrador Groundfish Industry Development Council (NL-GIDC) has quickly become a major player in formulating a strategy for re-establishing a commercial cod fishery in the province.
The organization, made up of processors, harvesters and government officials, recently unveiled its latest strategy at its annual general meeting in St. John’s.
“The way forward for our provinc...
Citizen Science Pilot Cod Project
Citizen scientists count.
The phrase citizen science may be new to you, but it is an old practice. Before the 20th century, science was done by “gentleman” scientists who worked independently such as Benjamin Franklin, Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.
The phrase “Citizen Scientist” was only added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2014 and it’s defined as “scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, often in collaboration with or under the direction of ...
Flipping an Industry
Above photo: Island Aquatech founders Dylan MacIsaac, Brett McDermott and Jordan Sampson with their oyster cage flipper prototype. The three University of Prince Edward Island students are hoping to turn a second-year engineering project into a viable commercial business. Submitted photos
UPEI Students Launching Aquaculture Tech Company Based on School Project
In 2016, three second-year engineering students at the University of Prince Edward Island were assigned to meet with a local ...
The Survival and Patience of Job
Above photo: The Maraval later named the Notre Dame.
Miracles happen, they say.
Job Goudie agrees. He is one. At least the fact that he is still alive can surely be described as miraculous or, as his wife Sylvia says confidentially, it was divine intervention that saved her husband.
In May 1978, Job was in a horrific explosion that killed two men, but incredibly, Job came out of it still breathing, but he was far from well.
In 1972, Job and Sylvia, along with their four sons, ...
Concern Continues Over Federal MPA Legislation
Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are becoming an ever-increasing source of worry for fish harvesters.
With a draft plan for proposed MPAs across Canada due to be released in December and deadline of 2020 to double the protected coastal and marine areas in the country to 10 per cent, the ecological reserves are going to be a hot topic for many coastal communities and fishers in 2018.
“With an important item like MPAs everybody should be involved,” said Bernie Berry, President of the ...
Lobster Season About to Kick Off in Southwest Nova
Above photo: Fishermen bait lobster traps on the Clark’s Harbour wharf on dumping day in 2016. The commercial lobster fishery in LFAs 33 and 34 was scheduled to open on Nov. 27. Kathy Johnson photo
LFA 35 Opening Offers Hope for Good Start in LFAs 33-34
Strong landings, a shore price of $6.50/pound and a “decent quality” catch in the Upper Bay of Fundy had lobster fishermen in Lobster Fishing Areas 33 and 34 optimistic for another good season as they readied for the scheduled ...
TriNav Group of Companies Acquires Nova Scotia Pleasure Boat Brokerage Company Ocean Yacht Sales
The Directors of the TriNav Group of Companies today announced the successful acquisition of Halifax, Nova Scotia-based Ocean Yacht Sales.
The TriNav Group of Companies, which owns TriNav Marine Brokerage, the largest marine-related broker in Eastern Canada, and Fairhaven, Massachusetts-based Athearn Marine Agency, said the acquisition will provide pleasure boat clients with a broader and more comprehensive customer base through the company’s brokers throughout Atlantic Canada and the ...
3K Fall Crab Meat Yield Project
DFO is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from fish harvesters in NAFO 3K Area 4 for a Fall Crab Meat Yield Project.
To be eligible, harvesters must have 25 per cent or more of their 2017 Crab IQ remaining.
Depending on the level of interest received there may, or may not, be a draw for eligibility for trip permits authorizing the harvest of 10,000 pounds of crab using 400 pots.
Fish harvesters are required to email or fax their expression of interest application to david.small@df...