Kerry Hann

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Managing Editor of The Navigator Magazine.

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On The Radar or Set Adrift?

Last November, this magazine speculated on what the forthcoming federal election campaign might mean for the Atlantic Canada fishing industry. The Navigator put forth several parameters that could be used as a measuring stick for the approach the governing Tories might be taking toward potential voters in this region — particularly those that depend on the fishery for their livelihood. The first contentious issue involved the changes to temporary foreign workers’ legislation. For ...

CETA-Related Dispute Drags On: Newfoundland Government Announces It Will Not Drop MPRs

The Newfoundland and Labrador provincial government recently declared it will not drop minimum processing requirements (MPRs) to comply with the Canada-Europe free trade deal. There has been no progress in the ongoing war of words between Ottawa and the provincial government over the joint federal/provincial $400-million fund tied to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union. Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development Minister Darin ...

Cautious Optimism for Lobster Industry

It might seem like a tale out of time to many, but long gone are the days when the lowly lobster was used as fertilizer on vegetable gardens across Atlantic Canada. Lobster easily remains Canada’s most valuable seafood export and an iconic Canadian species, despite its scientific name homarus americanus, exported around the world. The lobster industry is a billion-dollar business. There are 45 lobster fisheries throughout the Atlantic provinces and Quebec, including one for the offshore ...

Cod Management Conundrum

There were very clear lessons to be learned from the Newfoundland and Labrador groundfish moratorium of the early 1990s, as well as the overfishing of cod in the North Sea during the same period. For Atlantic cod stocks to be sustainable in the future, sensible management and harvesting practices must take place in order to avoid the need for drastic measures, such as the infamous 1992 moratorium. At the time, it seemed Newfoundland and Labrador’s harsh reality would be the only example ...

Only Fraction of Seal Quota Expected to be Taken Again This Year

It looks like 2015 is going to be another challenging year for the seal fishery in Atlantic Canada. Despite the quota set at 400,000 seals, for months, there has been much speculation about the size and scope of this year hunt, with questions over interested buyers and the demand for pelts. The first blow came recently when industry fixture Carino Processing announced it would not be buying seal pelts this year, but instead would be concentrating on selling its current inventory. This ...

Safety Must Evolve With the Fishery

The fishery has never been more popular in the mainstream media. Several television shows, highlighting various segments of the fishing industry, are attracting millions of viewers each week. Network executives and producers have caught on that the fishing industry makes for good reality television — it has everything viewers are looking for; stunning backdrops, interesting and memorable characters, excitement and suspense, sprinkled with a touch of danger. For the couch-sitting, ...

Should We Heed Iron Erna’s vision?

For more than a decade, Newfoundland and Labrador has been Atlantic Canada’s shining light in terms of economic growth and prosperity. The provincial coffers have benefited greatly from the millions of dollars pouring in from offshore oil royalties. Times were good as offshore oil production increased on the Grand Banks and the price of crude often topped out in excess of $100/barrel (U.S.). The royalty agreements Newfoundland and Labrador had in place with the big oil producers were ...

Unified Support for 2015 Shrimp Quota Status Quo

LIFO issue continues to bubble under the surface It appears the shrimp quota battle might be over before it really got started – for now at least. Last month, in the midst of a ramped up protest movement by the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor), the offshore and inshore shrimp fleets unexpectedly approved a plan that would see no cuts to quotas in fishing areas off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2015 — notably in critical northeast coast Area 6. The unified ...

Chronology of a Deal Gone Bad

Timeline Traces Breakdown of CETA-Related Fisheries Fund “The provincial fishery is now ideally positioned to capitalize on unrestricted access to European seafood markets and become more globally competitive with the creation of a $400-million federal-provincial fund to support industry enhancements.” This was how an excited and optimistic Kathy Dunderdale described the now embattled fisheries fund on October 29, 2013. At the time, the now former Newfoundland and Labrador premier ...

Atlantic Canadian Seafood by the Numbers

The seafood caught and produced in Atlantic Canada is worth in excess of $2.2 billion annually and continue to grow. According to the most recent statistics (2013) from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), the landed value of all seafood produced in the four Atlantic Provinces totals an impressive $2,258,151,000. This number is quite staggering when you think about at. Few industries in this region produce products that contribute this much to the economy and gross domestic ...