month : 08/2020 30 results

Labour Shortage Continues to Hamper Nova Scotia Boatbuilding Industry

While the Nova Scotia boatbuilding industry seems to be riding out the COVID-19 wave, finding skilled labour continues to be a major issue. In general, the demand seems to be still healthy for fishing boats, said Jan Fullerton, executive director of the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association (NSBA). “The biggest issue is the same as before the pandemic, the shortage of skilled labour.” Fullerton said answers are varied from boatyards in the province on whether or not COVID-19 has ...

Be Careful What You Ask For

There is an old saying that comes in many different variations. A common one is, “Be careful what you ask for, because you may get it in greater measure than you expect.” It is a warning that what you ask for may not actually be good for you. The origins of that idea go back at least to the book of Elijah in the Old Testament of the Bible. It is also in Aesop’s Fables, the world’s best-known collection of morality tales, dated to around 260 B.C. But Elijah and Aesop likely just ...

Русские идут (The Russians Are Coming)

“The Russians are coming” is a phrase attributed to United States Secretary of Defense James Forrestal in 1949, at the beginning of the Cold War. It is highly doubtful Forrestal was referring to modern-day Russian seafood when he allegedly uttered those famous words. He probably had something else on his mind. And speaking of global politics, some might argue now that Russia should no longer politically be considered a world superpower in this day and age. As politicos and academics ...

The Twine Loft – September 2020

Passed On: Eric Dunne – St. John’s, N.L. Former DFO Regional Director-General Dunne, 77, passed away on July 8 at home. A proud alumnus of Memorial University, he spent his illustrious 30-year professional career with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans. He was appointed Regional Director-General for Newfoundland and Labrador in May 1980. During his career, he stewarded the province through many difficult times, the most challenging being the announcement of the cod moratorium ...

On the Waterfront – September 2020

Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program to Open August 24 On August 5, Federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan announced that the much-anticipated Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program will open for applications on August 24, 2020, through to September 21, 2020. In May, the Government of Canada announced $469.4 million in funding to establish the new Fish Harvester Benefit and the new Fish Harvester Grant. This is the single largest investment in Canada’s fisheries in nearly two ...

‘There Are More Guts in a Turnip Than There are in Us’

On July 13, 2020, my neighbour and l went fishing for cod in the recreational food fishery. We didn’t go fishing very early in my opinion, it was 6:30 a.m. As we cleared the last point and the open ocean came into view, it was like a television show I watched years ago where an Indigenous person named Moses would look over an empty place and call it the big empty. That’s what it looked like this morning. Imagine a fishing town like Twillingate in the heart of fishing time and only one ...

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

In an April 2020 press release, Karen Dwyer, cod research Scientist, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) stated that “survey indices suggest that recently observed stock growth (C2012-2016) may have stalled ecosystems conditions, indicating limited productivity and reduced food availability limiting the growth of cod.” Dwyer said on CBC’s The Broadcast, that cod have turned to cannibalism (eating their own) because of a lack of food, mainly capelin. When asked by host Jane Adey ...

Species on the Edge of Extinction… But the Media is on the Wrong Track

The North Atlantic right whale is endangered. According to the latest International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) report, this population has even been classified as critically endangered. Unfortunately, this means that the causes of whale mortalities are beyond the whales’ ability to reproduce and survive. In the case of the right whale, almost all deaths are due to human activities. It is not easy to see this population of giants of the sea become extinct and yes, it is sad. ...

COVID-19-Related Retail Seafood Increase Likely Permanent

One of the biggest surprises of the coronavirus pandemic has been the surge of interest in retail seafood, surpassing that of red meat. It is more and more likely that the boost to retail seafood represents a permanent change in consumer behavior. This provides a real retail opportunity for both supermarkets and the seafood suppliers who deal with them. Nielsen released data on both the performance of seafood and beef over the 16 weeks ending on June 20, during which most Americans ...

P.E.I. Spring Lobster Season Better Than Expected

The 2020 spring lobster season on Prince Edward Island could have been better, but it certainly could have been worse. “The spring season in a nutshell, I think it went better than most people expected,” said Jerry Gavin, executive director of the Prince Edward Island Seafood Processors Association. “When we started the season, labour was down 30 per cent, all plants had to have a COVID-19 response plan and protocols in place. There were concerns about the safety of the workers and ...