On the Waterfront – February 2023
Greg Pretty Elected as New FFAW President
Long-time staffer of the Fisheries, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor), Greg Pretty, was elected president by the union’s executive council in a 43-11 vote after the recent departure of previous president, Keith Sullivan.
The presidential race was between Pretty and west coast fisherman Dave Callahan. Seaward Enterprises Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (SEA-NL) president Jason Sullivan’s bid for leadership was earlier ...
The Twine Loft – February 2023
Passed On: Gerard Lewis — Liverpool, N.S. fisherman
Lewis, 66, passed away on November 29 in Bridgewater, N.S. He was born in Charlottetown, P.E.I. Among a variety of other jobs, he spent time as a lobster fisherman.
Passed On: Patricia Tarr — Western Head, N.S. fish plant worker
Tarr, 68, passed away at her home in Western Head on December 9. She was born in Liverpool, N.S. She spent part of her life working for Bluewave Fisheries and Mersey Seafoods.
Passed On: ...
From Rhetoric to Real Issues
A little over a year ago, The Navigator took a deep dive into the mandate letter of newly appointed Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and Canadian Coast Guard Joyce Murray.
A mandate letter sets the table for the work and legislation each federal minister is expected to prioritize by their boss, the Prime Minister.
After a quick peruse of Minister Murray’s mandate letter, three key points dominated the Prime Minster’s marching orders: climate, the environment and Indigenous ...
Lobster Season Begins in SW Nova
With the lobster season off and running in Southwestern Nova Scotia, regulators want harvesters to be aware of the risks involved.
Vessels will be loaded with traps and gear, increasing the risk of an accident, especially in inclement weather.
“Boarding boats in the cold and dark, at the mercy of the weather and the sea, makes fishing dangerous work. Safety is a crucial priority,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Steve Craig.
“One tragedy is one too many, so we urge ...
More Questions Than Answers
Residents and Fishermen Worried About Impact of N.S. Military Testing Facility
About 20 kilometres southeast from Halifax and right next to the small community of Eastern Passage is an area called Hartlen Point — home to hiking trails, a golf course, bird-watching areas and the future home of a military weapon systems testing facility.
Canada is replacing two of its warship classes — the Iroquois-class anti-air warfare destroyers and Halifax-class multi-role frigates — with ...
On the Waterfront – January 2023
Another FFAW Executive Stepping Down
In a surprising move, Keith Sullivan, president of The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) is stepping down.
The decision was announced at a Dec. 1 press conference at the FFAW-Unifor office in St. John’s. Sullivan, who has served as president since 2014, claims the decision is personal and that he has no subsequent employment plans.
“It’s a personal choice for me. And most importantly, I think the organization that I’ve been a ...
The Twine Loft – January 2023
Passed On: Matthew Petten — Port de Grave, N.L. fisherman
Petten, 87, passed away in Carbonear on November 20. He was born on May 14, 1935 in Port de Grave. A man of the sea, he was a fisherman for most of his life. He told many stories about fishing adventures on the 32-foot 8 Acadia, the Old Grey, Island Star, and the Miss June. Adorned in his blue coveralls and knitted blue toque, he spent many hours in the harbour working in the stage, on the boat and on his roadside monument in Port de ...
2022: A Year Not for the Record Books
As 2022 is fading out of sight in the rearview mirror, we are left shaking our collective heads thinking, what a difference a few months can make.
In March of this year, the world was emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and despite inflationary increases, things were looking up — especially for the commercial fishery in this region.
At the time, lobster fishermen in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33–34 off Nova Scotia were getting north of $16/pound for their catches. For their brethren ...
Halifax’s Largest Boating Event Sails into the City This February
Atlantic Canada’s premiere boating event is set to return to the Halifax Exhibition Centre, February 2-5, 2023. The Halifax International Boat Show has been much anticipated since its last edition in 2020. For over 40 years, this event has showcased the latest in runabouts, cruisers, motor yachts, pontoon boats, fishing boats, inflatables, RIBS and personal watercraft. The show also offers exhibits of marine equipment, engines, outboard and inboard, marine electronics and accessories, docks ...
Price Negotiations Process is Skewed in Favour of Processing Companies
The provincial government recently released the review recommendations for our fishery’s price setting panel late last week.
The review was mainly done in response to the 2022 fishery — where processors refused to sit across the negotiations table from us, refused to pay the prices set by the panel and closed some fisheries down entirely.
2022 was by far the most difficult year of negotiations I can recall as someone who has been around the table now for over a decade. I’ve been ...