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 ...
Quinlan Brothers Clarifies Pending Deal with Royal Greenland
Above photo: Quinlan Brothers Fish Plant, Bay de Verde, N.L.
On November 2, Quinlan Brothers Limited issued a press release “to correct recent reports in the local media regarding its proposed business relationship with Royal Greenland.”
Robin Quinlan, president of the Bay de Verde, N.L.-based company, stated he has decided to remain as an owner and invest further by facilitating the retirement of his father, Wayne.
In the press release, the company said it has experienced ...
Averting Future Species Collapses
In this 24-hour news cycle, social media-obsessed world, all industries have their buzzwords.
A quick look at Twitter will instantly tell you what words are trending at that very moment in time.
Buzzwords surrounding today’s modern fishery now include such terms as sustainability, ecofriendly, ecolabelling, chain of custody and traceability, to name a few.
However, if you venture back in time a few decades, prior to the onslaught of Facebook and YouTube, one will discover that the ...
Dialogue, Cooperation and Trust
“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth.
As the Babe so succinctly pointed out, there can be little or no success without cooperation. This not-so-startling revelation can of course be applied to any industry, including the fishery.
Another pearl of wisdom on cooperation comes from a man many might consider the Babe Ruth ...
A Levelling of Our Competitive Advantage?
Above photo: Lonnie Snow photo
September 21, 2017 was an important date for the fishing industry in this region.
Three years ago, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) came into effect. This meant that after years of negotiations, trade barriers were reduced for virtually every seafood sector and Canadian companies would have access to the EU’s $22-trillion market of 500 million potential new customers, access to government contracts and ...
Harvesting Plan Announced for Northern Cod Fishery
2020 Grade ‘A’ Price Down $0.10/Pound
While the overall catch limit for the 2020 Northern cod stewardship fishery (12,350 tonnes) will be staying the same as last year, harvesters will not be getting the same price as they did in 2019.
In its recent decision, the Newfoundland and Labrador Standing Fish Price Setting Panel selected the position of the Association of Seafood Processors (ASP), meaning that the 2020 late summer/fall price will be $0.80/pound for grade ‘A’ cod and the ...
2020 Northern Shrimp Price Takes a Further Reduction
Price Panel Reconsideration Leads to an 8.5 Per Cent Hit
The soap opera that is the 2020 Newfoundland and Labrador Northern shrimp fishery continues to be played out on wharves and fish plants across the province.
On July 2, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Standing Fish Price Setting Panel accepted the Fish Food and Allied Workers’ (FFAW-Unifor) price recommendation of $1.18/pound for Northern shrimp landed at the plant and $1.15/pound for trucked shrimp.
Despite siding with the union, ...
Русские идут (The Russians Are Coming)
“The Russians are coming” is a phrase attributed to United States Secretary of Defense James Forrestal in 1949, at the beginning of the Cold War.
It is highly doubtful Forrestal was referring to modern-day Russian seafood when he allegedly uttered those famous words. He probably had something else on his mind.
And speaking of global politics, some might argue now that Russia should no longer politically be considered a world superpower in this day and age. As politicos and academics ...
2020 Northern Shrimp Prices Take a Major Hit
Despite Newfoundland and Labrador’s Standing Fish Price Setting Panel siding with the price put forth by harvesters this year, the 2020 season will still be a challenging one.
The panel recently accepted the Fish Food and Allied Workers’ (FFAW-Unifor) price recommendation of $1.18/pound for Northern shrimp landed at the plant and $1.15/pound for trucked shrimp.
Last year, fishermen were paid a minimum price of $1.78/pound. At the time, it represented an 18 per cent increase over the ...