month : 02/2019 15 results

Possibility for a Busy 2019 Ice Season

Navigating the ice-filled water of Atlantic Canada is no easy task. However, keeping the shipping lanes open to commercial and fishing traffic is not exactly a walk in the park either. One of the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) primary roles in this region is icebreaking. The CCG recently provided its annual technical briefing outlining the upcoming ice season. Brad Durnford, superintendent of ice operations for the Atlantic Region, said it is possible the 2019 ice season could be a ...

Millions in Funding Announced at CCFAM Meeting

Government funding appeared to be flowing freely at the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers (CCFAM) meeting in St. John’s in early December. Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Jonathan Wilkinson and Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources for Newfoundland and Labrador, the Honourable Gerry Byrne, co-chaired the meeting attended by their counterparts and representatives from all provinces and territories. The ministers said they renewed their ...

Pop’s Pride – Part II

Three members of one fishing family, along with a family friend, all from Shea Heights-St. John’s, N.L., went fishing on September 6, 2016 in a 22-foot open boat. When Eugene Walsh, his son Keith and Keith’s son, Keith Jr., along with Billy Humby, had not returned by early afternoon, family members and friends became concerned. Winds had increased to 25–30 knots and waves reached six feet high outside the St. John’s Narrows — not good conditions for a small boat. This is Part II of ...

Consistency is Key in Measuring Fish Abundance

Have you ever wondered how fish populations are measured? With countless factors impacting abundance, such as changing ocean and ecosystem conditions, predator-prey relationships, mortality and recruitment rates, fishing pressure and the interconnected nature of the ecosystem — figuring out how a species is fairing is a complicated task. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) conducts annual at-sea surveys to collect data that are later analyzed in its labs to ultimately answer the question ...

The Future is Bright for Global Aquaculture

The United Nations’ most recent biennial publication, State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018, provides a reasonably accurate portrayal of the status of global fisheries stocks and the growing aquaculture sector. What is more, it provides a critical look at the major issues surrounding fisheries and aquaculture and highlights efforts to improve on these industry warts, as I like to call them. Here are some highlights from the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018 report, ...