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Northwest Passage Transit a Voyage of Exploration for MI Researchers, Students

As the luxury cruise liner Crystal Serenity sailed through the Northwest Passage for the second time this past summer, a team of Marine Institute researchers and students joined its escort ship, the RRS Ernest Shackleton, to experience and explore the thrilling far north region. The logistics and research ship, operated by the U.K. government-funded British Antarctic Survey, took the Crystal Serenity through the passage, providing logistics support, research capabilities and ice-breaking ...

DFO Oceanography: Dr. Fraser Davidson — Counting on the Currents

A brightly coloured map of the world glows from a computer monitor. It looks like a painting with bright, coloured points scattered across the oceans from one side of the earth to the other. There are 3,800 dots across the map of the world, which represent drifters, free-drifting oceanographic devices that collect data from the ocean. These drifters measure the temperature and the amount of dissolved salt in the water (water salinity), and the readings are picked up by satellites as they ...

Filling the Gaps

  On November 28 and 29, 2017, the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI) hosted a very successful conference on the theme Cod — Building the Fishery of the Future in Gander. The presentations from that conference and the audio recordings of the different sessions are available on our website at http://www.ccfi.ca/codconference/presentations.asp. In last month’s column, I talked about what we heard at the conference. As an overall conclusion, I suggested that the ...

MI Establishes New Regional Aquaculture Centre in Coast of Bays

A new centre has been established to support the rapidly growing aquaculture industry in the Coast of Bays region on Newfoundland’s South Coast. The Coast of Bays Regional Aquaculture Centre (COB-RAC), a unit of the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University, is ideally positioned to better meet the training, research, development and technology transfer needs of the expanding aquaculture industry and to address the training needs of the broader maritime industry in the Coast of ...

Over and Under

Sarah Walsh, from Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, has always been on a wet and slippery slope. Her summers were spent in Port Blandford where she says, “My parents always had us out on the water. Every weekend we were either out fishing or going to the beaches. I can’t remember when we never had a speed boat, canoe or a pleasure craft.  I think that’s where it kind of started.” She says as a child she always wanted to be a marine biologist, but somewhere along the way, “When I went ...

N.L. Cod – What we Heard

The Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation hosted a very successful conference on the theme Cod – Building the Fishery of the Future in Gander on November 28 and 29. It was attended by about 180 people, representing a good cross-section of the industry, including harvesters, processors, marketers, suppliers, government and academia. Because of the many different interest groups in the room, there was a lot of potential for disagreement on various issues. However, the session was ably ...

Changing Supply

Last month in this column, I talked about changing markets and provided some examples of how the U.S. market for fish products had changed over a 20-year period. This month, I will focus on how the supply of fish has changed in recent decades. Markets have two sides — demand and supply. Markets are primarily about the demand side — purchasing and consumption — because that is the reason there is a supply. Without buyers, there would be no suppliers. As I have said before in this ...

Working Together

Using Indigenous and Local Knowledge and Science to Better Manage Capelin By Chelsea Boaler, Ph.D. Student Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland Centre for Fisheries Ecosystem Research Capelin (Mallotus villosus) is a prominent pelagic forage fish species for piscivorous predators in North Atlantic and Arctic waters. It is not only a central food source in marine ecosystems, but also holds important subsistence and commercial value for people. Despite the ecological ...

Citizen Science Pilot Cod Project

Citizen scientists count. The phrase citizen science may be new to you, but it is an old practice. Before the 20th century, science was done by “gentleman” scientists who worked independently such as Benjamin Franklin, Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. The phrase “Citizen Scientist” was only added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2014 and it’s defined as “scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, often in collaboration with or under the direction of ...

Restoring a Healthy Ecosystem in Placentia Bay

This fall, the Marine Institute’s Centre for Fisheries Ecosystem Research (CFER) will lead a team to rehabilitate eelgrass habitats and associated fish and shellfish resources in the coastal waters of Placentia Bay. The $4.7-million, five-year project was announced in September by Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, under Government of Canada’s $75 million Coastal Restoration Fund to help to rehabilitate marine ecosystems and address threats to ...