Will 2021 Hold More Cetacean-Related Closures and Concerns?
If you pay a visit to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) website, a few clicks will bring you to a page with no less than 87 fishery notices related to North Atlantic right whales — all for the year 2020.
These notices involved whale-related delays, interruptions and closures/re-openings for various fisheries throughout the Maritimes.
According to DFO, acoustic detections of whales by hydrophones (underwater microphones) and visual sightings of right whales from vessels and ...
Good Fishing Practices Lead to Good Fishing
Overfishing continues to be one of the major problems facing many commercial fisheries around the world.
Despite the efforts of many countries, many fisheries are still nothing more than a cash-grab, free-for-all, with little or no concern for sustainable management practices.
The 2020 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Review of Fisheries reported that at least one quarter of global fish stocks with known status are overfished and a third of fishing activity is ...
The Clock is Already Ticking
More often than not, the fishing and seafood industry is one sector of Canada’s economy that doesn’t ever seem to get the credit it deserves.
Canada’s fishery is a major economic driver for both coastal rural communities and major urban centres alike, employing more than 72,000 people in primary harvesting, aquaculture and processing.
In 2018, Canada exported a whopping $6.9 billion in fish and seafood products to nearly 140 countries worldwide.
Jobs in harvesting, processing and ...
Glimmer at End of the Pandemic Tunnel
It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the global seafood industry to its core.
Traditionally, Atlantic lobster has been one of the key commodities driving the seafood engine locally and around the world. So, what will the 2021 lobster season have in store for harvesters, buyers and processors?
A mere 12–14 months ago, not even the world’s biggest pessimist would have predicted the pandemic-driven fear and turmoil that gripped the entire globe. But it happened and the ...
Predictable Reaction to DFO’s Northern Cod Rebuilding Plan
In late December, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) quietly and with little fanfare, released its latest rebuilding plan for the iconic Northern cod stock in NAFO divisions 2J3KL.
And, as predicted by many industry stakeholders, the overall message was to maintain the status quo limited harvesting approach, for now, with this fishery.
Last year, in the midst of other fisheries across the region facing uncertainty due to the worldwide impact of COVID-19, DFO released its latest ...
2020: A Year to Forget?
Good day loyal and dedicated Navigator Magazine readers.
It is once again time to pour yourself a cup of tea, or a beverage of your choice, cozy up in your favourite chair and reflect on the year that was. Alright, we all get it — after the last 12 months, one can only guess what that beverage of choice might be.
Looking back 12 issues, the Navigator’s 2019 year-in-review editorial ended with the following prophetic words:
So, what will transpire in 2020? Let’s insert another ...
Safety on the Water Must Take Precedent
Above photo by Lonnie Snow
The year 2020 is nearly in the rearview mirror.
Feel free to take a moment and let out a collective sigh of relief here.
Who knows what 2021 has in store for us, but could it possibly be any more strange, troubling or unprecedented than the last 12 months?
This past year will go down in history as one of the most turbulent for the fishery in Southwest Nova Scotia. Not only was the industry rocked by the global impacts of the COVID-19 ...
3Ps Cod Stock Remains in Critical Zone
The future of cod stocks off Newfoundland continues to remain uncertain.
In mid-2020, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced that after several years of perceived growth, recovery of the Northern cod stock seemed to have stalled.
Now DFO is saying that cod stocks off the southern coast of Newfoundland in NAFO area 3Ps are also in bad shape.
In its latest assessment, DFO said that the all-important 3Ps spawning stock biomass (SSB) on January 1, 2021 is projected to be 25 ...
Eat More Local Seafood
“Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.” — Samuel Pepys: 17th century administrator of the navy of England and Member of Parliament.
Being a navy officer, Pepys probably consumed his fair share of seafood back in his day and it probably tasted a lot better than some of the gruel being served below decks. Jump ahead nearly four centuries, to the eve of the 2020 holiday season and efforts are being made to ensure more people are acquiring a taste for seafood ...
Opportunity is Knocking
Above photo by Mark Blundon
As it is with every profession, the fishing industry is not devoid of myths, fallacies and distortions.
One of the most common falsehoods, especially in Atlantic Canada, is the widespread view that the commercial fishery is in decline and offers few long-term employment opportunities. In fact, as you all know, nothing could be further from the truth.
In Nova Scotia, notably in the Southwest region, the value of seafood catches, particularly lobster, has ...