A Call for Cross-Border Collaboration
Canada’s Commitment to North Atlantic Right Whales
Since 2017, many of us in the Canadian lobster industry feel like we’ve been trapped in a South Park episode.
There has been a steady drumbeat eager to blame Canada for the plight of North Atlantic right whales (NARWs). The unfair red-listing by Seafood Watch just adds fuel to the fire.
Right whales were rarely observed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence until recently. Historically, they never ventured much beyond their norther...
Monterey Bay Aquarium Spreading Misinformation About Sustainability of Maine Lobster Fishery
Given the recent recommendations released by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program for American lobster, we write to share important facts about the Maine lobster industry’s long history of sustainability and commitment to protecting the endangered North Atlantic right whale.
We ask that you will respect the science and evidence outlined below as you consider purchasing American lobster.
In Maine, more than 4,500 lobstermen and women, all of whom are, by law, self-employed, ...
Unsung Hero of the N.L. Inshore Fishery
I am aware and many others have spoken of Cabot Martin’s campaign to make sure that our offshore oil would be of great benefit for the people of this province.
Everywhere you go on the Avalon Peninsula there is proof of what was accomplished.
My story is the little-known fight for our most valuable renewable resource, the inshore fishery, although we were worlds apart prior to our first meeting, him being a St. John’s lawyer and me being a humble fisherman.
I met Cabot in the ...
On the Waterfront – November 2022
FFAW Campaign Highlights Gaps in Safety, Healthcare Availability
FFAW-Unifor’s newest awareness campaign is looking to tackle safety issues affecting their members such as occupational disease, gaps in safety training, poor infrastructure, repetitive strain injuries and other health and safety issues affecting seafood processing plant workers. They hope highlighting these issues will bring about change from legislators and employers.
“It often takes a serious incident for politicians, ...
The Twine Loft – November 2022
Passed On: Donnie Deveau – Petit Étang, N.S. fisherman
Deveau, 65, passed away on September 4, 2022. He was born in Cheticamp, N.S. on July 3, 1957. In 1986, he realized the dream of spending some time on the water when he bought a crab fishing enterprise in Area 19 off his beloved Cheticamp. He loved being on the water and went on to grow the business, eventually expanding into the groundfish fishery in the gulf and the tuna fishery off southwestern N.S. He would remain captain aboard the ...
Whale Worries: Could AIS Tags be the Answer?
If there was ever any debate before, the question is now unequivocally answered, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is officially off Atlantic Canada’s Christmas card list.
As if the lobster and snow crab industries in this region were not already having a challenging enough season, in early September, the California-based Monterey Bay Aquarium really stepped up to add insult to injury.
As part of its Seafood Watch Program, the organization arbitrarily added American lobster and Canadian snow ...