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We Need to Enhance Atlantic Canada’s Fisheries

Demand for Canada’s seafood exports should continue to grow dramatically, as Asian markets remain strong and European markets open up under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the EU. Yet many leaders in the seafood industry in Atlantic Canada fear fisheries policies may be adapted in a way that creates instability in the industry and compromises investment and economic growth. In a speech last summer in Nova Scotia, Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc hinted at far-rea...

FISH-NL Issues Warning to DFO on Changes to Harvester Registration in Atlantic Canada

The following letter was addressed to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) — National Fisheries Policy Office in Ottawa.   As FISH-NL warns the Government of Canada to proceed with extreme caution and to revisit changes implemented years ago in Newfoundland and Labrador because of the conflict of interest created between the Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board (PFHCB) and FFAW-Unifor, the union that currently represents inshore fish harvesters in collective ...

Stop Putting the Cart Before the Horse

There is an old saying that describes the current push to revitalize the industry that this province was founded on. The industry I am referring to is the inshore fishery and the old saying is “putting the cart before the horse.” While I do have some respect for an initiative that is attempting to ease the pain caused by the declines in shellfish stocks, I am troubled by the complete lack of attention given to the reason we find ourselves in repetitive boom and bust cycles. It appears ...

On the Waterfront – March 2018

North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show Returns November 16-17 The North Atlantic Fish and Workboat Show returns to Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland this fall. Taking place November 16-17, 2018, this year marks the sixth edition of this biennial event. After a record-breaking edition in 2016 — featuring more than 100 exhibitors and nearly 4,000 qualified visitors over the course of two days — this year’s event is expected to surpass all previous expectations. ...

Twine Loft – March 2018

Passed On: Aaron Christmas – Membertou First Nation, N.S. Fisherman Christmas, 34, passed away January 27 at home. He was the son of Joyce Paul (Gordie Reid) and Alexander Christmas (Carol Mettalic). He worked for the Membertou Band as a fisherman. Passed On: Bill Ringer – Shelburne, N.S. Lighthouse Keeper Ringer, 76, passed away January 13 at the Roseway Hospital in Sandy Point. Born in Louis Head, Lockeport, he was a son of the late William Raymond and Lorena Edith (MacDonald) ...

CPTPP: New Trade Deal Should Expand Seafood Markets

For the Atlantic Canadian fishery, at least on the international export front, one might argue that the future is taking one good turn after another. It was only back on September 21 of last year that the much-awaited Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) provisionally came into effect — meaning after years and years of negotiations, trade barriers are now reduced for virtually every sector and Canadian companies will have access to EU’s $22-trillion ...

Growing Concerns Over Proposed Scotian Shelf Petroleum Exploration

Approval is pending on two offshore petroleum projects on the Scotian Shelf off the coast of Nova Scotia. BP Canada Energy Group ULC (BP) wants to conduct a deep-water drilling exploration project in the Scotian Basin that could see as many as seven wells drilled in waters 230 to 370 kilometres off the southeast coast, along the Scotian Shelf between 2018 and 2022 (exploration licences 2431, 2432, 2433 and 2434). Statoil Canada Ltd. is seeking the approval of 3D seismic survey exploration ...