Legislation Expected this Fall to Lift N.S. Licence Freeze
The moratorium on the issuance of new licences for fish buying and processing in Nova Scotia could soon be lifted.
“We’re probably going to take legislation to the legislature this fall around that,” said Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell in an interview.
A licensing policy review, initiated after concerns were expressed by industry over a number of things including grandfathered licenses and what are commonly referred to as bingo card licences, has been ...
Complexity Versus Simplicity
For as long as I can remember — which now goes back nearly four decades — market research has consistently found that consumers do not feel confident about their abilities to buy fish or prepare it at home.
That is a serious problem for our industry, because it means people consume less fish than they would otherwise. But it is also a problem that provides opportunities.
Compared to other protein foods — beef, pork, poultry, sheep — fish are complicated. Consumers typically ...
FCC Future Leaders Canada Moving Forward
By Paul Lansbergen
President, Fisheries Council of Canada
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 ...
NATI Event Highlights Leading Edge Fishing Industry Innovations
By Craig Rowe
Chair, NL Association of Technology and Innovation (NATI)
There’s no industry more deeply rooted in our history than the fishery.
There’s no trait more deeply engrained in who we are as people than innovation. In what at first might seem like an unlikely pairing, the technology and innovation sector in Newfoundland and Labrador sees tremendous opportunity to work with the fishery to increase competitiveness, expand markets and help bring increased economic value to ...
The Fisheries Problem from Hell: Right Whales and Gear Entanglement
The North Atlantic right whale population is hovering at the brink of failure, with around 400 surviving individuals.
In some years, there has been some population increase and in other years not. But the fact is that unintentional killing of right whales through both ship strikes and gear entanglements is preventing the population from increasing to a safer level and exacerbating the risk the entire species will go extinct.
Although the population increased between 1990 and 2010, since ...
Net Pen Farmed Salmon Aquaculture Still the Best Option for Industry
I recently read The Telegram editorial entitled: Farmed Salmon 2.0, published on July 20, 2019.
Some interesting questions are posed therein about whether or not the province is backing the right horse or not regarding net pen farmed salmon versus land-based, closed containment systems?
I would say the answer is a categorical yes for the following reasons explained here.
Net pen farmed salmon is still the most ecologically and environmentally lowest carbon impact and cost-effective way ...
On the Waterfront — September 2019
CCGS Baie de Plaisance Commissioned in the Magdalen Islands
The Minister of National Revenue, Diane Lebouthillier, on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Jonathan Wilkinson, was in Cap-aux-Meules recently to participate in the official commissioning of the new high endurance, self-righting search and rescue lifeboat, named CCGS Baie de Plaisance.
The vessel was built by the Forillon shipyard and delivered to the Coast Guard in November 2017. To ...
The Twine Loft — September 2019
Passed On: Owen Nickerson – Halifax, N.S. fisherman
Nickerson, 98, formerly of South Side, passed away on July 16 at the Camphill Veterans’ Memorial Hospital. Born September 28, 1920, in South Side, he was the son of the late Belmont Sr. and Susan (Ross) Nickerson. He was a veteran of WWII, joining the RCAF on August 6, 1941 where he served in Canada, Great Britain and Germany, until his discharge in 1946. After the war, he spent his working life on the water, retiring in 1975. His early ...
International Fleet has Doubled Since 1950
3.7-Million Fishing Vessels Now Plying the World’s Oceans
If you walk into any rural community or fisheries-related museum anywhere in Atlantic Canada, chances are you will see old, faded photographs of busy harbours hanging on the walls.
Harbours that were not only bustling with people and commerce but were absolutely filled with boats — in many cases hundreds of small fishing vessels, backed with impressive looking schooners at anchor.
There were so many small boats back then, that ...