month : 01/2018 22 results

New Player in Town

Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan Enters North American Shellfish Industry With Purchase of P.E.I’s Largest Mussel Producer   There is a new player in the Atlantic Canadian aquaculture industry — and it’s a big one. On November 17, the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan (OTPP) announced that it had purchased Atlantic Aqua Farms, the largest mussel producer on Prince Edward Island and one of the largest in North America. OTPP was founded in 1990 to manage the defined pension ...

Over and Under

Sarah Walsh, from Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, has always been on a wet and slippery slope. Her summers were spent in Port Blandford where she says, “My parents always had us out on the water. Every weekend we were either out fishing or going to the beaches. I can’t remember when we never had a speed boat, canoe or a pleasure craft.  I think that’s where it kind of started.” She says as a child she always wanted to be a marine biologist, but somewhere along the way, “When I went ...

The Survival and Patience of Job — Part II

Above photo: Job’s boots were blown off his feet in the explosion but later recovered.  The force of the explosion separated half the boot from the soles in both. Last month we told you about an explosion and fire that killed two men from Little Bay Islands onboard a vessel. A third man miraculously survived. Job Goudie, from Springdale, was delivering gasoline to a small tanker vessel that was docked in Little Bay near Springdale, on Newfoundland’s northeast coast, when a fire, ...

The New Face of Cod

International Markets and Products Have Changed Considerably since 1992 The international markets for cod are now a whole lot different than they were 25 years ago. The last time Newfoundland and Labrador cod was a substantial export was prior to the groundfish moratorium in 1992. Pre-moratorium, frozen cod block was the main product being churned out by N.L. fishplants. Jump ahead two-and-half decades and the world groundfish/whitefish market is almost unrecognizable compared to the cod ...

Operating in Poor Weather Led to the 2016 Fatal Sinking of the Pop’s Pride

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) found that adverse weather conditions led to the sinking of the small open fishing vessel Pop’s Pride and the loss of life of its four occupants in September 2016, off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. The report also highlights the continued need for focused and concerted action by all levels of government and industry members to fully address the safety risks and deficiencies that persist in Canada’s fishing industry. In the ...

N.L. Cod – What we Heard

The Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation hosted a very successful conference on the theme Cod – Building the Fishery of the Future in Gander on November 28 and 29. It was attended by about 180 people, representing a good cross-section of the industry, including harvesters, processors, marketers, suppliers, government and academia. Because of the many different interest groups in the room, there was a lot of potential for disagreement on various issues. However, the session was ably ...

Path for Development of Northern Cod Charted at Biggest Newfoundland Industry Meeting in Years

In late November, one of the biggest seafood industry meetings in years took place in Gander, Newfoundland. Close to 200 harvesters, processors and industry experts discussed the options available to the province as the historic Northern cod stock rebuilds. The meeting, entitled Cod — Building the Fishery of the Future, was put together by the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI) housed at the Marine Institute in St. Johns. Alastair O’Rielly (Chair of the Board for ...

The Universal Law of Sustainability

In the editorial of The Navigator (Vol. 20, No 12, December, p. 4) it was stated “There is an argument being made now that a modern fishery should be managed as a whole, not by individual stocks.” One way a fishery could be “managed as a whole” is by guiding the trial and error management of a fishery by universal laws. That is by laws that apply to the whole fishery. Let me illustrate this idea by reference to the traditional management of the 145-plus year-old inshore Maritime ...

Current Fisheries Policy Damaging Industry

Just a little over a year ago, the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour came out swinging against FISH-NL. The head of the federation of labour, Mary Shortall, said FISH-NL was raiding one of its member unions and the federation was completely against it. Shortall said all of the federation’s member unions were standing in solidarity with the FFAW-Unifor. The fact that FISH-NL was formed because a significant number of the FFAW-Unifor’s fish harvester membership was totally ...

Core or Non-Core, We Are Fishermen Too

As a fisherman in (NAFO Area) 3L, I am not only writing this on my behalf, but for other fisherman around the island who find themselves in the same situation that I am in. Although I have fished for the better part of my life as a crewmember, I am considered non-core. When the fishery was primarily a cod fishery around the island back in the 70s and 80s, a lot of crewmembers fished on boats that probably belonged to some member of their family and that was considered the norm. No one ...