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The Continuing Enigma That is Cod

A needle in a haystack. A snowball in a blizzard. A black cat in a coal mine. You get the idea. Why is cod the Houdini of the fishing industry? As you all know by now, counting cod is as predictable as the weather of late. Fishermen report an abundance of cod in some areas, while scientists say they can’t find them. Harvesters say cod is showing up on their sounders as thick, solid bands, while scientific tow surveys are reporting that the groundfish is no longer found in ...

The Twine Loft – March 2020

Passed On: John Crosbie – St. John’s, N.L. politician, former N.L. Lieutenant Governor and Federal Fisheries Minister Crosbie, 89, passed away on January 10 in St. John’s. He was born in St. John’s on January 30, 1931, to a prominent business and political family. He was the son of Chesley A. Crosbie, the head of the Crosbie mercantile group and leader of the Economic Union Party, which favoured free trade with the United States. His grandfather was Sir John Chalker Crosbie, a cabinet ...

Former Colleague Fondly Remembers John Crosbie

Working for John Crosbie is a time St. John’s resident Ray Andrews remembers well. “He was a workaholic, a stickler for details, needed all the research from as many as he could get before he made any decisions, so that was the part I really liked about him,” said Andrews in an interview. “He didn’t work on the fly or do short-term type of stuff. He always wanted the details necessary from everybody and many times he would ask the same question of a bunch of people and take all ...

John Crosbie was an Icon in Newfoundland and Labrador

It is with sadness that I write this tribute to a great man who I got to know and admire. My first recollection of John Crosbie was in 1966 when he and Clyde Wells walked across the floor in the Government of Joey Smallwood. I believe the dispute was about the Come by Chance refinery deal. I thought to myself, these are two honourable gentlemen who had the guts to do what they thought was right. Mr. Crosbie kept on in politics first in the Moore’s Government and later as a ...

On the Waterfront – March 2020

Crew of OCI Vessel Safe After Fire Onboard All crew members of the OCI fishing vessel Newfoundland Lynx are back in port safe following a small, contained fire aboard the boat on January 29. The vessel safely docked at St. Anthony harbour — the closest port to where the vessel was fishing. The Newfoundland Lynx was met by the St. Anthony Fire Department and the crew were discharged from the vessel. The company said it was extremely pleased with how quickly and professionally its ...

Fisheries Management Suffering from Recurring Issues

Our current approach to fishery management results in some crucial and recurring problems that are currently highlighted by three particular issues. One is the controversy over the latest 3PS cod stock assessment and the new computer model being used there. Despite the continuing discussion and whatever the pros and cons of the two approaches, no change in the assessment method can change the amount of fish in the ocean. Moreover, there appears to be no clear idea of how the results will ...

Seals, Seals Everywhere

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has a responsibility to protect and manage the common fish resource in Canada. So far, in my opinion, the only things it has managed are the fish harvesters because you can’t manage fish unless you manage the predators of fish. DFO has not managed predators like seals and here we are with our fish resources in crisis. We have between 12 to 15 million seals and the fish total allowable catches (TACs) are just not enough to have a prosperous ...

We Need to be Proud and Loud for Our Fisheries

I would like to commend the Navigator Magazine for its editorial, “Is Federal MPA Plan Too Aggressive and Short-Sighted,” in the February issue. Part of the problem is that the fisheries sector has fallen short when telling its story. The resulting void has been filled by the sector’s critics. Their view of our world is that we are too aggressive and short-sighted. I say we need to be proud and loud about our sustainability practices. Fisheries and Oceans Canada reports that 96 per ...

Fisheries Science Failures on Full Display in 3Ps Cod Projections

Cod still remains “fish” in Newfoundland and Labrador, but the optimism of growing cod stocks in the past few years has been tempered. Newfoundland once had one of the world’s great cod stocks on the Grand Banks and in the 2J-3K NAFO area off the northeast coast of Newfoundland and off Labrador. According to George Rose of Memorial University, one of the world’s foremost scientists on Atlantic cod, the collapse of the stock in the early 1990s was precipitated when most of the ...

Valuing the Ocean

One way or another, most of the people reading this column earn their living from or because of the ocean. As that indicates, the ocean is a valuable resource. But it is easy to take that resource for granted and not appreciate the value we get from it. The ocean represents about 70 per cent of the earth’s surface. Scientists tell us that humans evolved from creatures that migrated out of the ocean onto land a long, long time ago, so we owe our very existence to it. And it has played a ...