DFO Continues Inaction on Category B Lobster Licences
Three years ago, we began our campaign to reverse the outdated “Moonlighter Policy” that targets Category B lobster licence holders in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. In that time, our efforts have consistently been met with delays and an unwillingness to address the issue from DFO.
The 50-year-old policy was introduced by Fisheries and Oceans Canada as an attempt to remove people from the fishery as a conservation method. The policy achieved this by targeting fishermen who held ...
Seeking Information on P.E.I. Trawler Fishery
I am collecting historical information on the offshore trawler fishery in Prince Edward Island from 1950 until 1993.
The fishery operated out of Souris and Georgetown, P.E.I.
From 1969 to approximately 1984, H.B Nickerson/National Sea operated 10–11 steel, stern trawlers and a processing plant in Georgetown, all acquired from the P.E.I. Government in 1969.
I would like to communicate with anyone familiar with the vessels and/or the operation of that plant.
Also, from the mid-1980s ...
Wild-Caught Fish Has Low Carbon Footprint
Some weeks ago on The Broadcast, former Newfoundland and Labrador Fisheries Minister Gerry Byrne pointed out that wild-caught fish has one of the lowest carbon footprints of all human food sources.
That fact is extremely important for our fisheries as we face ever-deepening problems of climate change and global food supply.
Wild fish has an impressively low carbon footprint — estimated at around 3kg CO2 equivalents per kg of product. That is less than rice, olive oil, poultry or farmed ...
Mackerel Moratorium a Major Mistake
I’ve been a professional fish harvester for more than 30 years.
Three generations of my family have made their livelihoods from fishing.
I lived and worked through the cod moratorium and I’ve watched our inshore fishery evolve in ways we never thought possible. But what I am witnessing these last few years has truly made me question whether an inshore fishery will be around one hundred years from now, as our federal government continues to fail us in catastrophic ways. The failures, ...
DFO Must Revisit Mackerel and Herring Fishing Closures
Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard on April 8, 2022.
The Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA) represent 1,275 independent core fish harvesters on P.E.I.; all of whom are impacted by the announcement of the mackerel and spring herring closures.
Deck hands, harbour workers, local businesses and rural fishing communities are also affected by this harsh decision. PEIFA would ...
On the Waterfront – June 2022
DFO Enacts Fisheries Act Regulatory Changes
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced regulatory changes aimed at rebuilding vulnerable fish stocks.
These fish stocks provisions are now in force under the Fisheries Act. This places binding obligations on DFO to manage certain fish stocks sustainably and to put rebuilding plans in place when stocks become depleted; requirements are also now in place to ensure that rebuilding plans are developed in a timely and consist...
The Twine Loft – June 2022
Passed On: Stephen Gehue – Yarmouth, N.S. fisherman
Gehue, 63, passed away on April 8. Born on June 16, 1958, he had a love for fishing and he spent most of his life on the water. He actually spent more time on the water than on land.
Passed On: Joseph Wickens – Clam Point, N.S. fisherman
Wickens, 43, passed away suddenly on March 17. Born in Yarmouth on October 20, 1978, he was a son of Douglas Wickens (Paula) and Chris Wickens (nee Sears). He spent his life immersed on ...
What Has Been Learned From Perils Past?
There must have been an underlying air of irony as groundfish industry stakeholders met in Barcelona, Spain on April 26 to discuss the ongoing Northern cod fishery improvement project (FIP).
Stakeholders included Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), Marks & Spencer and Youngs Seafoods from the United Kingdom, Sysco France, High Liner Foods from Canada/United States and producer organizations in Canada, including Ocean Choice International, Icewater Seafoods, the Association of ...
Status Quo for 2022/23 Unit 1 Redfish TAC
Industry Waiting for Minister’s Decision on Future Quota Allotments
Unless the scientific advice says otherwise, it will be status quo for the 2022/23 Unit 1 redfish total allowable catch (TAC).
“The index fishery was maintained at 2,000 metric tonnes and the experimental fishery quota was set at 2,500 tonnes with the understanding that the experimental quota may increase, but only under science approval,” said Victoria Waizmann, media relations with the Department of ...