Calling On DFO Minister to Clarify Comments
Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard on Feb. 22, 2022.
Dear Minister Murray:
As the Shadow Minister for Fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador, I write on behalf of the PC Official Opposition Caucus to express our deep concern over remarks you reportedly made during your recent speech at the recent annual meeting of the Canadian Independent Fish Harvesters Federation.
The president of the ...
On the Waterfront – April 2022
Spanish Vessel Sinking Claims 21 Lives
The 50-metre Spanish fishing vessel Villa de Pitanxo sank February 15 in rough seas about 460 kilometres east of Newfoundland, leaving nine dead and 12 missing at sea.
Three crewmen, who were found in a life raft, survived what has been described as Spain’s worst fishing tragedy in decades. Among the survivors were the vessel’s 53-year-old captain and his 42-year-old nephew, according to the Spanish newspaper La Voz de Galicia. The crew was ...
The Twine Loft – April 2022
Passed On: Doug Bertram – Gilberts Cove, N.S. business owner
Bertram, 64, passed away on February 7. He was born on September 1, 1957, in Salem, Mass. He spent his younger years growing up in Beverly, Mass., while spending his summers with his extended family in Nova Scotia. After attending high school, he went on to attend Essex Agriculture College studying large animal science. It wasn’t long before he set off to live in Nova Scotia full-time. Although beginning his career in agricultu...
Atlantic Canada’s Seafood Pivot
“Growth is never by mere chance, it is the result of forces working together” — James Cash Penney, founder, JC Penney.
The American businessman and department store entrepreneur might have been referring to the retail sector when he uttered those words decades ago, but one could argue that the same adage could be applied to the current Atlantic Canadian fishery.
The last few years have proven very lucrative for both seafood harvesters and processors in our region. One only has to ...
FFAW Launches Seal Awareness Campaign
The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) recently launched a nationwide campaign to call attention to seal overpopulation in Atlantic Canada and the devastating effects on fish stocks.
The union representing fish harvesters is calling on the federal government to immediately undertake adequate scientific work to understand the true impact seals are having off eastern Canada’s coasts and to ensure appropriate action is taken to repair the ecosystem imbalance.
“The federal ...