Missing the Mark on N.L. South Coast Cod
Above photo: The Icewater Seafoods plant in Arnold's Cove, N.L. Photo courtesy of Icewater Seafoods
A new year provides an opportunity for all participants in the fishery to take stock of its successes and failures.
One area that needs reflection from industry as a whole is the cod resource off the South Coast of Newfoundland in 3Ps.
The state of this stock is no surprise to anyone. Science representatives from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans have repeatedly told participa...
Philosophical Change in Groundfish Management Needed
In the Letters to the Editor section of The Navigator (Vol. 21, No. 1, January 2018), I suggested a fishery could be managed as a whole and gave the example of the trial and error management of the whole inshore Maritime lobster fishery by the Universal Law of Sustainability.
This management as a whole is possible because a law of science makes a negative prediction. In the philosophy of science this negative prediction is modelled by a universal law such as all swans are white. That is, ...
Cod: Building the Fishery of the Future
It was my distinct pleasure to attend the two-day cod workshop in Gander on November 28 and 29, 2017.
We are indeed fortunate in this province to have a unique teaching/industry hub in the Marine Institute. The staff of this Institute and the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation had put together a very effective two-day forum of cod industry speakers.
The material presented on the United States cod market by the Icelandic and Norwegian speakers was revealing. There is just “no ...
This Province Needs More Entrepreneurs Like Pat Quinlan
After writing so many letters over the years about the fishery and rural N.L., I would be remiss if I didn’t write this one.
Pat Quinlan, Nov. 8, 1929 – Dec. 15, 2017.
Although I didn’t know Pat personally, I knew a lot about him. He is one of the outstanding Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who have kept this province alive by investing a lot of time and money into the inshore fishery and rural N.L. and I hope the family carries on his tradition.
There are many more in this ...
On the Waterfront – February 2018
New Inshore Rescue Boat Station Boosts Arctic Maritime Search and Rescue
Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, recently announced the creation of an Inshore Rescue Boat station in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut which will provide seasonal search and rescue capabilities in that region.
Establishing this new station is a step towards building stronger working relationships with northern communities, and is an important indicator for how Coast Guard services will ...
Twine Loft – February 2018
Passed On: Patrick Quinlan – Bay de Verde, N.L Seafood Processor
Quinlan, 88, passed away in St. John’s on December 15, 2017. He was born in Red Head Cove on November 8, 1929 and began his career in the trucking industry. He and his brother Maurice, bought a general store in the 1950s and then started Quinlan Brothers Limited in 1954. The business grew from there, expanding into fresh and frozen fish production and then to marketing their products under the “Q” brand that is so well ...
King of the Crustaceans
Prolific and unprecedented record catches of Homarus Americanus appear to be the norm, for now, in the Maritimes.
Everyone is aware of how much the Eastern Canadian lobster industry has grown and prospered in recent years. But it is not until the numbers are broken down, does one actually see how this always lucrative fishery has grown exponentially — especially over the last decade.
A myriad of eye-opening, jaw-dropping lobster statistics were recently presented by Fisheries and Oceans ...
The Homarus Eco-Centre, located in Pointe-du-Chêne, N.B., is an interpretive centre that offers a unique and interactive experience related to the mysterious world of lobsters and marine ecosystems. In 2013, Homarus Inc. established the Homarus Eco-Centre to provide a holistic educational experience related to the world of lobsters to visitors in the Shediac area. Homarus Inc. is a non-profit organization created by the Maritime Fishermen’s Union (MFU), whose mission is to develop tools to ...
Northwest Passage Transit a Voyage of Exploration for MI Researchers, Students
As the luxury cruise liner Crystal Serenity sailed through the Northwest Passage for the second time this past summer, a team of Marine Institute researchers and students joined its escort ship, the RRS Ernest Shackleton, to experience and explore the thrilling far north region.
The logistics and research ship, operated by the U.K. government-funded British Antarctic Survey, took the Crystal Serenity through the passage, providing logistics support, research capabilities and ice-breaking ...
DFO Oceanography: Dr. Fraser Davidson — Counting on the Currents
A brightly coloured map of the world glows from a computer monitor.
It looks like a painting with bright, coloured points scattered across the oceans from one side of the earth to the other. There are 3,800 dots across the map of the world, which represent drifters, free-drifting oceanographic devices that collect data from the ocean.
These drifters measure the temperature and the amount of dissolved salt in the water (water salinity), and the readings are picked up by satellites as they ...