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Navigating Troubled Waters

The current situation in Southwest Nova Scotia is very troubling. But by the same token, it is entirely predictable. Two groups are in dispute and each takes guidance from the two Marshall Decisions. The Indigenous fishermen naturally take the broad and general recognition of a right to fish commercially for a “moderate income” and the commercial fishermen rely on the follow-up “clarification” to the initial decision which stipulates that the right is not unlimited and is a ...

Despite Uncertainties, Signs Point to a Good Holiday and Lent Season for Seafood

After seven months of struggling to keep businesses going during the pandemic, it seems we are in a bit of a lull. No end is in sight, but things are not getting dramatically better either. The bounce back we experienced both in terms of sales demand and restaurant demand in June and July appears to be fading. In mid-September, we were simply facing a huge number of uncertainties. They included the election in seven weeks, a potential stall in job creation and employment this fall with ...

Federal Government Called Upon to Resolve Lobster Dispute

Above Photo: People in support of the moderate livelihood fishery launched by the Sipekne’katik First Nation watch from the rocks near the Saulnierville wharf on St. Mary’s Bay in Digby County. Kathy Johnson photo Moderate Livelihood Fishery Launched by First Nations Creates Unknowns, Confusion and Conservation Concerns for Industry There are more questions than answers in the wake of the self-regulated, moderate livelihood fishery launched by two First Nations bands in Nova ...

The Marshall Decision and the Last 21 Years

Twenty-one years and half a billion dollars (give or take) later, First Nations in Atlantic Canada are still fighting for their treaty right to hunt, fish and gather in pursuit of a ‘moderate livelihood’ as affirmed in the 1999 Supreme Court’s Marshall Decision. Since the landmark decision, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) “has launched several programs in response, beginning with the Marshall Response Initiative, which provided these First Nation communities with licences, vessels ...

LFA 33-34 Lobster Fishery Set to Open Nov. 30

Above photo: Shelburne County lobster fisherman Josh Garron paints buoys for the upcoming season in Southwestern Nova Scotia. Kathy Johnson photos   Weather permitting, the commercial lobster fishery in Lobster Fishing Areas (LFA) 33 and 34 will open on Nov. 30 this year. The largest lobster fishery in Canada, more than 4,000 fishermen will head to sea aboard the 979 licenced vessels in LFA 34 and 683 in LFA 33 for the six-month season. Given the economic turmoil and ...

Roseway Basin Closure Brings Halt to Fishing for Some in Southwest Nova Scotia

For the third year in a row, the presence of North Atlantic right whales has prompted the temporary closure of the Roseway Basin in southwestern Nova Scotia. “This is the first time this season North Atlantic right whales have been detected and temporary closures triggered in Roseway Basin. Similar detections and closures have occurred in Roseway Basin in 2018 and 2019,” said Barre Campbell, DFO media relations. The Roseway Basin temporary closure came on Sept. 14, bring a halt to ...

Quin-Sea and Clearwater Announce St. Anthony Joint Venture Approval

Quin-Sea Fisheries Ltd., a division of Royal Greenland, and Clearwater Seafoods recently announced the application to transfer the processing license for a St. Anthony fish plant has now been approved by the Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture. This allows the companies to move forward with the deal, in which Quin-Sea Fisheries Ltd. will assume management responsibility for the plant on behalf of the new joint venture, St. Anthony Seafoods Ltd. “The ...

White Hake Stock Biomass Still Low in 3NO

No significant recruitment is occurring for white hake in NAFO Division 3NO, according to the last stock assessment conducted by the NAFO Scientific Council in June 2019. “In fact, there has been extremely low recruitment since that generated by the very large 1999-year class,” states the scientific report. Based on DFO-NL research vessel survey trends, “the NAFO Scientific Council determined that stock biomass is low,” said Rodney Drover, communications advisor for Fisheries and ...

Close to Home

Coast Guard Investments Bringing More than Just Safety to Coastal Communities   Canada has one of the most effective search and rescue (SAR) systems in the world. The Canadian Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary respond to about 13 search and rescue calls, assisting 43 people and saving 13 lives a day across the country. The Canadian Coast Guard is responsible for maritime SAR, including the coordination, control and conduct of SAR operations in addition to prevention ...

Dialogue, Cooperation and Trust

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth. As the Babe so succinctly pointed out, there can be little or no success without cooperation. This not-so-startling revelation can of course be applied to any industry, including the fishery. Another pearl of wisdom on cooperation comes from a man many might consider the Babe Ruth ...