Kerry Hann

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Managing Editor of The Navigator Magazine.

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Is the Retail Seafood Market About to Bounce Back?

Long before it kicked off, everyone participating in the lobster fishing area (LFA) 33–34 fishery knew 2022–23 was going to be a challenging season. Lower shore prices, market uncertainty and record prices for bait and diesel are among some of the adversities facing harvesters this year. Buyers and processors in Nova Scotia are also being extra cautious due to slower than normal international markets at this stage of the season. At the same time, fishermen have their calculators out ...

Adding Insult to Injury

Author Elizabeth Edwards once wrote, “She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” With a challenging 2023 lobster season on the horizon, it looks as the though the resilient commercial fishermen in Southwest Nova Scotia might have quite a bit of metaphorical sail adjusting to do over the next six months. Harvesters in this region are no strangers to adversity and they are certainly going to have to call upon that experience to navigate the ...

Ramping up the “Red List” Resistance

American author James C. Collins once said, “Bad decisions made with good intentions, are still bad decisions.” After receiving and continuing to receive unmitigated backlash over its decision to “Red List” American lobster and Canadian snow crab, the California-based Monterey Bay Aquarium is sticking to its misguided guns — at least for now. As everyone in the Atlantic Canadian fishing industry already knows, as part of its Seafood Watch Program, in September, the conservation ...

The Greying of the Fleet

Rodney Dangerfield once said “It’s great to have grey hair. Ask anyone who’s bald.” And one does not have to visit too many commercial fishing wharves and harbours across Atlantic Canada to see plenty of examples of that grey hair peeking out from under ball caps. According to the federal government, for the first time in Canada’s history, there are now more individuals over the age of 65 than there are children under the age of 15. In Atlantic Canada, more than one in three ...

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 ...

What’s the Problem with Pelagics?

What is going on with the once plentiful and lucrative pelagics fisheries in Atlantic Canada? Fishermen is this region of the Northwest Atlantic have been harvesting herring, mackerel, capelin and squid, for both food and all-important bait, for centuries. In fact, the multi-billion-dollar lobster and snow crab fisheries would never have developed into the monster industries they are today without the use of lowly pelagics as bait. Even today, as many companies are foraging and research...

Review Ordered for N.L. Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act

After an embattled 2022 fishing season, with little or no signs of letting up, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act is about to be put under the microscope — again. On July 21, N.L. Labour Minister Bernard Davis announced an independent review of the collective bargaining model contained in sections 19.1–19.14 of the Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act. David Conway, former chair of the Labour Relations Board, has been appointed to undertake the ...

The Challenges of Making Ends Meet

The late English comedian Les Dawson once said, “The way prices are rising, the good old days are last week.” It appears Atlantic Canadians’ fixation of talking about weather fluctuations has been overshadowed of late by tales of price fluctuations — fluctuations unfortunately headed in the wrong direction. The price of practically everything has gone up and the fishing industry is no exception. Just ask any lobster fishermen in the region. During the summer of 2020, fishermen ...

The By-Products of Warming Waters

“I’m glad it’s finally hot enough to complain about how hot it is.” Atlantic Canadians love and hate their weather. For generations, due to our specific geography, the weather has always been the number one topic of conversation. Lately, nearly all conversations have centred on the oppressive heat. Almost every region of Atlantic Canada, from Comfort Cove to Canso to Crapaud to Caraquet, have reported record high temperatures this summer. “Hotter than a two-dollar pistol,” ...

Moratorium Announced for 3Pn4RS Gulf Cod

Recreational Groundfish Fishery Will Continue in Impacted Regions   Ironically, just two days after the 30th anniversary of the infamous 2J3KL Northern cod moratorium, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) surprised some when it announced there will be no directed commercial fishing of Northern Gulf cod this year in the Northern Gulf of St. Lawrence (NAFO division 3Pn4RS). DFO said the moratorium was implemented because the Northern Gulf cod stocks are deep in the critical ...