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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 ...

Harvesters Hoping Spring Lobster Fishing Will Soon Ramp Up in SW Nova

Coronavirus Fears Starting to Negatively Impact Industry Above: Lonnie Snow photo   Lobster fishing boats in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34 will soon be back at it in earnest for the final three months of the six-month season that ends on May 31. Foul weather has played a major factor in the opening months of the fishery. “We had some of the worst weather in the first two and half weeks of the season than we’ve had in quite a while,” said Bernie Barry, ...

Coronavirus Impacting Lobster Export Markets

On January 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened to discuss the coronavirus outbreak in China and declared it a public health emergency of international concern. As of press time, the WHO reported nearly 30,000 cases worldwide, leading to about 600 deaths. As a result, more and more airlines, including Air Canada, are cancelling flights to China. Many of these flights are cargo flights — including the ones from Halifax that routinely ship Atlantic Canadian lobster and other ...