The More Things Change, the More They Remain the Same
The announcement recently that the Grand Bank surf clam fishery is going to be downgraded because the federal Minister of Fisheries Dominic LeBlanc decided to take quota away from Newfoundland and Labrador and give to the Indigenous people of other provinces should not be a surprise.
Remember Gail Shea? They all do it. It makes for great politics and there is nothing we can do about it.
We found out approximately 27 years ago what Minister Gerry Byrne announced a few weeks ago.
GEAC Attempting to Discredit N.L. Inshore Sector
I feel compelled to respond to the letter submitted to the May issue of The Navigator by Kris Vascotto of the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC).
Many of the issues raised by Vascotto require correction or at a minimum, clarification. In many cases, Vascotto cherry picked information and made an attempt to discredit the inshore sector of the fishing industry in this province.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Groundfish Industry Development Council (GIDC) is a recently-establi...
FFAW President Refutes Content of GEAC’s Northern Cod-Related Letter
I am writing in response to Kris Vascotto’s letter entitled, Northern Cod: Focusing on Facts and Science to Protect the Future, that appeared in the May issue of The Navigator.
The title chosen contains a fair amount of irony, as the letter itself relied on nothing more than falsehoods and finger pointing in an attempt to further the divisive messaging driven by the organization Mr. Vascotto represents, the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC).
First, let’s be clear on who ...
On the Waterfront – June 2018
FCC Looking for Clear and Stable Policy Framework
On May 3, the Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans and called for a clear and stable policy framework that will instill confidence to invest and support conservation.
The Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans is examining Bill C-68, Amendments to the Fisheries Act. The Bill contains extensive amendments to restore lost protections from 2012 and to incorporate ...
Salt Water in His Veins
P.E.I. Bids Farewell to Fishing Industry Icon, The Bearded Skipper
There is an old saying that goes something like, “if you looked up (insert adjective) in the dictionary you would see a picture of (insert proper noun).”
It’s a roundabout way of saying that two things have become synonymous with each other.
Well, this being the 21st century and the internet having replaced most dictionaries, go ahead and Google, “P.E.I. lobster fisherman.” You will see Norman Peters’ whiske...
The Twine Loft – June 2018
Passed On: Norman Peters – North Rustico, P.E.I. fisherman
Peters, 76, passed away at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown on April 16, 2018. He was the son of the late Jerry L. and Jean (Gallant) Peters. Best known as the Bearded Skipper, he was active in affairs concerning the fishing industry and was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the PEIFA (Fishermen’s Association) and the North Rustico Harbour Authority.
Passed On: Mark Conway – White Head, N.S. ...
Plant Worker Shortages Still a Chronic Problem
Everyone knows that the lobster industry is far more complex than simply setting and retrieving traps.
The multi-billion-dollar Canadian lobster business is a complex web of enterprise with many imperative cogs needed to make the entire system operate smoothly, efficiently and profitably. And if one or more of these cogs is disrupted for some reason, the entire industry can suffer the effects.
One such scenario played out in New Brunswick in 2016 involving a severe shortage of processing ...