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Our People Problem — Part II

Last month, I wrote a rather lengthy column about the “people problem” we have here in Atlantic Canada. In this month’s column, I thought I would bring a sharper focus to the issues I discussed. As I pointed out in last month’s column, the problem is not just that we have a diminishing workforce, even though that is a serious issue. In many ways, the diminishing workforce is merely a symptom of much deeper problems that need to be addressed. If we only try to treat the symptom, we ...

FCC Future Leaders Canada Program Starts Strong

This year, the Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) launched a new sector-specific career development program. The huge success of a similar program in the U.S. gave us confidence that Future Leaders Canada would be valued by the sector. Our expectations for the first year were modest to build momentum for future years. The response and reactions from the sector during the application phase were encouraging. In the end, we have seven very strong Future Leaders in our inaugural class. Our ...

New Fisheries Law a Step Forward, but Won’t Resolve Conflicts

The new Canadian Fisheries Act is a long overdue modernization that clearly helps fix some management issues with Canadian fisheries, but also enshrines into law some of the problematic aspects of Canadian ocean protection efforts. With the third reading of the fisheries bill under the Canadian system, the bill will now quickly become law once signed by the governor general, the Queen’s representative in Canada. The major changes in the bill are as follows: Reverses the Harper ...

FFAW Wants Things its Way on Pricing, Not Transparency

The FFAW has recently been on the bandwagon of transparency in fish price negotiations. “Fairness and transparency,” it says. If only it were so simple. The FFAW already has access to production reports from the province, proxies for yield from calculating landed volumes versus production, market reports provided by consultants and international trade media, and export prices from international trade databases. And it wins most of the price negotiations by a price panel appointed ...

Immediate Action Needed to Save Whales

We are devastated at the loss of now six right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It was one, then two, then four, five and now six. It has left our team and our allies sickened and heartbroken. It has left us angry and wanting to take emergency action. Of the six precious whales now confirmed dead, I will tell you about two briefly. Whales such as the matriarch Punctuation, who birthed eight calves and was responsible for multiple grandchildren after that and the newly mature male ...

DFO Needs to Change Policy on Medical Substitute Operator for Lobster Fishery

The independence of the inshore lobster fishery is a goal we all support. It helps keep licenses in individual hands through the owner-operator policy and is important to the growth and preservation of our coastal communities. In the last few years, The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has started enforcing a policy which clearly violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, DFO introduced the medical substitute operator policy. This allowed a ...

On the Waterfront — August 2019

N.L. Company Building OCI Vessel’s Production Line Bay Bulls-based C & W Industrial Fabrication and Marine Limited has been sub-contracted to build and install the production line for Ocean Choice International’s (OCI) new groundfish vessel. Last November, OCI announced the construction of a state-of-the-art, Arctic-class vessel that is expected to create approximately 70 new, full-time, year-round positions and enable the company to provide its workers at sea the safest possible ...

The Twine Loft — August 2019

Passed On: Wilson Blake – Quirpon, N.L. fisherman Blake, 83, passed away on June 29 at the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital. He was born on July 21, 1935, in Spillars Cove to James and Martha Jane Blake. He was the youngest of 10 children and predeceased by all. Wilson fished for the majority of his life until he retired at the age of 65 where he then spent his time making wooden crafts and enjoying time with his family. Passed On: Jonathan Smith – Clark’s Harbour, N.S. ...

A Cod Fishery Juxtaposition

The management approach for the Northern cod stewardship fishery for NAFO Divisions 2J3KL was recently announced by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). As in past years, the catch phrase for this fishery once again appears to be cautious optimism, as DFO unveiled a total commercial quota of 12,350 tonnes, a 30 per cent increase relative to 2018. While harvesters on the eastern shores of Newfoundland await the detailed conservation and harvesting plan for this year’s Northern ...