year : 2018 248 results

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 ...

On the Waterfront – January 2018

Clearwater Unveils Newest Addition to Clam Fleet On December 1, Clearwater Seafoods welcomed the Anne Risley into its fleet of clam vessels during an official ceremony at Pier 21 in Halifax. The company said the new vessel further strengthens Clearwater’s commitment to delivering the highest quality, frozen-at-sea, wild-caught Arctic surf clams to its customers around the world. “The Anne Risley represents a $70-million investment to replace an existing 31-year-old clam vessel with a ...

The Twine Loft – January 2018

Passed On: Allan Christopher DeBaie – Cape George, N.S. Fisherman DeBaie, 33, formerly of Mabou, passed away on November 7. He was born in Inverness and was a son of Albert and Elizabeth (O’Brien) DeBaie. He was employed as a fisherman and spent the last 14 seasons fishing alongside his father, and enjoyed his time on the sea. In addition, for the last four years, he worked as a drywall taper and interior/exterior painter, operating his own company, Caper’s Tapers and Painters. ...