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Sharks are Making Waves – Part I

To say that sharks go a long way back in history is a colossal understatement. Sharks have lived on this planet 200 million years before dinosaurs. For the last 450 million years, the shark has been making waves. “They are among the most ancient branch of fish. They survived most of the mass extinctions in the past. They’re very plastic in the sense they can occupy many different habitats,” says Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Aquatic Sciences biologist Dr. Luiz Mello with the ...

MI Partners with Industry to Introduce New Technical Certificate — Aquaculture Management

The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University of Newfoundland has launched a new Technical Certificate — Aquaculture Management in partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA). “Aquaculture has been identified as an important social and economic priority both here in Canada and around the world,” said Carey Bonnell, Head of MI’s School of Fisheries. “As demand for leaders in the aquaculture sector continues to grow, we ...

High Lobster Prices Lure Fraudsters

Canadian lobster is a valuable commodity, with a global reach now that it has found a niche in Asia. The removal of tariffs from seafood imports into the European Union from Canada will eventually open doors to our lobsters — live and frozen — to a multi-million-dollar marketplace. The Americans are a bit leery, or jealous, of this move as their government tries to rid itself of international trade agreements like NAFTA and one with the European Community, in an effort to persuade ...

25 Years After the Moratorium

July 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the announcement of the moratorium on fishing Northern cod off the northeast coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, in NAFO Divisions 2J3KL. It is worth noting that 1992 was just 15 years after Canada obtained a 200-mile exclusive economic zone, with widespread expectations that we could increase our fish catches substantially but resources would still increase in abundance over time, due to good Canadian management. However, the 1992 moratorium was ...

Home and Abroad

MI Receives $1.5 Million for Marine, Aquaculture and Ocean Technology Projects A $1.5-million investment in the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University will benefit the marine, aquaculture and ocean technology sectors, locally and around the world. The funding, announced by the Government of Canada, will support three projects including the improvement of the Institute’s simulator capacity, allow for the establishment of a Regional Aquaculture Centre and advancements in the ...

Maximizing Value From Limited Resources

Total commercial fish landings in Atlantic Canada were under 700,000 metric tonnes every year from 2012 to 2016. They were the lowest levels recorded since 1994 through 1996, just after the various moratoriums on fishing groundfish species were declared, starting with the Northern cod stock in 1992. Lobster landings have been at record levels in recent years, but landings of practically every other species have been in steady decline. Because of recent announcements, landings are likely ...

Shore-Grown Seaweed a Major N.S.-Based Industry

After eating a sumptuous lunch in Barrington Passage, in a place where lobster is pronounced “lobsteh,” my daughter and I decided to take the old shore route back to Yarmouth. At Shag Harbour, I pointed out the spot where one of the world’s best documented UFO crash landings occurred a few decades ago. It was witnessed by a whole slew of people. Fishermen actually went to the spot with their fishing boats thinking the object might have been an aircraft. They were met with slimy waters ...

Fish Harvester Training in High Demand

The demand for fish harvester training is high and the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University of Newfoundland is working hard to meet the need across Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond. Encouraging young professionals to take an interest in the industry has been challenging in recent years. However, MI continues to provide potential fish harvesters with a variety of options for training to prepare them for careers in this rewarding sector. Increasing Enrollment This ...

While Trump Cuts Funding to Science, Ottawa Adds Positions in Atlantic Canada

I have to note the difference between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when it comes to science. President Trump will cut major programs such as the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA — the agency which is predicting an eight-foot plus rise in ocean levels by 2017), while at the same time our federal government has announced $325-million to be shared among the four Atlantic Provinces for fisheries growth. Included in the package, an informant ...

Emergency Ready

“Does anyone know where the love of God goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?” This poignant line from the Gordon Lightfoot song Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, sums up the reason that Canadian Coast Guard and Search and Rescue personnel go to work every day. On the east coast of Canada, from the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, to the rugged coast of Labrador, to the tidal waters of the Bay of Fundy and throughout the Gulf of St. Lawrence, these men and women have provided ...