Jennifer Oake

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Highlighting the Ingenuity of the Past: Wooden Boat Museum Project to Recreate Innovative Motorboat and Hoisting System

Nearly a century ago, a group of innovative and resourceful Winterton, Trinity Bay fishermen lived and fished seasonally on Newfoundland and Labrador’s rugged Baccalieu Island. However, the details of how they maintained this incredible venture from the 1920s to the 1940s, their community motivation and the ever-present dangers involved were nearly lost to the sands of time. Not surprisingly, only a few descendants remain who can recall the stories. Luckily for us, researching and ...

The Blue Dichotomy: Corporatization of Canada’s Oceans

The following was published in The Hill Times on May 1, 2024, by Courtney Langille on behalf of the Canadian Independent Fish Harvester Federation (CIFHF).   It is often forgotten that every independent fishing vessel in Canada is a small business on the water, representing a proud past and a bright future for coastal economies across Canada. History has demonstrated harshly that our collective success depends on keeping the value of this industry in the capable hands of the independent ...

Enterprise Ownership Rules Need to Change

The photo below is of my old fishing premises at Tizzard’s Harbour, where my father, grandfather and previous generations of forefathers fished for centuries. The fishing stage is gone now, towed to my historic fishing premises at Main Tickle, Twillingate, Prime Berth, as I called it in honour of all the cod trap draws held in our kitchen when I was a boy with everyone hoping to select from the brown paper bag the best, or Prime Berth for the upcoming summer season. Today, I visited ...

A Responsible Plan for B.C. Salmon Farming

The following letter was recently sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau   Dear Prime Minister: We understand that there are important discussions taking place on the future of British Columbia salmon farming. We want to remind you that your commitment is to develop a “responsible” plan. The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard has also said that she is seeking to present a plan that is realistic and achievable. We believe, as we believe that you do as ...

On the Waterfront – July 2024

NLGIDC Expresses Disappointment in DFO’s Redfish Management The Newfoundland and Labrador Groundfish Industry Development Council (NLGIDC) has spoken out against the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) decision to allocate a majority of the quota for the recently reopened redfish fishery to offshore fleets in 2024. The NLGIDC said that while the total allowable catch (TAC) of 60,000 tonnes is “reasonable,” the quota shares have “greatly disappointed inshore fleets and ...

The Twine Loft – July 2024

Passed On: Mark MacDonald — Halifax, N.S. lawyer and CEO MacDonald, 67, passed away in Halifax on May 5, 2024. He was born in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on September 9, 1956. MacDonald’s career as a lawyer focused on technical and resource-based industries, such as construction projects and companies, marine- based fisheries, processing and transportation. He later joined one of his clients, Northumberland Ferries, in a management role, going on to become the company’s President and CEO. ...

Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem?

Another North Atlantic summer season is upon us and we find ourselves with yet another government-generated report about seals and the state, or lack thereof, of the sealing industry. It would be interesting to know if there is a dark, musty storage room, somewhere in the greater Ottawa area, where the countless sealing reports of the past have been stuffed into filing cabinets and long forgotten. These reports all claimed to have the solutions to resurrect this controversial industry that ...

A Day in the Life: A Photographer Goes Lobster Fishing

The day starts early. I need to be up by 5 a.m., have some breakfast and fill the Thermos with coffee for the upcoming day on the water. A quick check of the weather tells me that the day should be calm but cool. I will be spending the day with local fisherman Kevin Mitchell. His boat, the Early Day, is docked in Boutiliers Cove in the community of Hacketts Cove, Nova Scotia. Kevin has been fishing in St. Margarets Bay for some time now, and for the most part, he harvests alone, although ...

Are Harp Seals the Villains in Atlantic Fisheries?

How much fish are harp seals consuming and how much does that interfere with commercial fisheries? There has been an ongoing debate on the role of harp seals in the Northwest Atlantic fisheries ecosystem. There is suspicion that harp seal predation negatively impacts commercial fish stocks, but do we have any proof of this? Harp seals rely heavily on capelin, cod and other groundfish species, many of which suffered a collapse in the 1990s and have since remained below pre-collapse levels. ...

What Happened to our Wild Atlantic Salmon?

Wild Atlantic salmon have been in the news lately and rightly so. As a boy going to school in Lushes Bight, Notre Dame Bay, I fished salmon by net which I had to knit after doing my homework (couldn’t buy the nets). My first salmon I sold was 15 cents per pound around to the houses in my community. After I finished school in 1955, I moved to Deer Lake where I resided for 23 years. My next-door neighbour talked me into salmon fishing by rod (wasn’t too sure). Anyway, I gave it a try ...