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Why Do We Fish?

In last month’s column, I asked the question, how should we define success in the fishery in Atlantic Canada?” I went on to suggest we need to reconsider what it takes to be successful, because what we have been doing hasn’t been working. This month, I will continue with that overall theme, by asking the related question, “why do we fish?” Maybe the answer seems obvious — we fish to catch fish, the more the better. But that is neither the right answer nor a good one. Fishing ...

A Changing Tide for the Golden Cod of Gilbert Bay

Scientists Proposing New Initiatives to Help Save the Unique Fish Dr. Corey Morris would rather spend his vacations on the coast of Labrador than Florida. For 21 years, Morris has been to Gilbert Bay three times a year for weeks at a time, working on conserving the famous Gilbert Bay cod, known for its golden colour. Geographically, the area around Gilbert Bay is a coastal fiord in Southern Labrador, isolated from the coast by a bunch of islands. It covers 60 square kilometers. ...

Survivor Extreme – Part III

On Wednesday, November 1, 1995, an 85-foot tug struck a rocky shoal about 10 miles south of Nain, Labrador. The Sea Alert sank within 10-12 minutes. The captain and two other crewmembers were lost with the vessel. The engineer, 30-year old Dave Barnes made it off the boat, but his journey to survival defies logic and some would say also defies medical science. This is the continuation of Survivor Extreme.   After two agonizing hours swimming and paddling a wooden crate-like raft ...

How Should We Define Success?

How should we define success in the fishery in Atlantic Canada? It is an important question, because how we define success determines what we do to achieve it. Essentially, there are four dimensions to having a successful industry. First, we sell practically all our output in markets outside Canada, where we must compete with similar products supplied by others. Our competitiveness in those markets determines how successful we are likely to be. Unfortunately, competitiveness is not ...

On the Waterfront – October 2018

Clearwater Permitted to Fish 100 Per Cent of Arctic Surf Clam Quota The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) confirmed Sept. 11 that the remaining 25 per cent of the 2018 and 2019 Arctic surf clam total allowable catch (TAC) will be made available to the current licence holder, Clearwater, with a view to identify a new participant for the 2020 fishery. DFO said this decision will allow for the economic benefits to remain in coastal communities while it continues to work to broaden ...

The Twine Loft – October 2018

Passed On: John MacLeod – Inverness, N.S. fisherman and lighthouse keeper MacLeod, 80, passed away on August 16 at the Inverary Manor, Inverness. He was born on March 4, 1938 in Glencoe Station to Patrick and Elizabeth (Moran) MacLeod. In his younger years, he worked in construction, forestry, fishing and as a lighthouse keeper on Margaree Island during the summer months. Passed On: Marshall Rapp – Ingomar, N.S. fisherman Rapp, 79, passed away at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital on ...

Clicking in the Classroom

As an instructor with the Marine Institute’s School of Fisheries, I’ve been using clickers in the classroom for a couple of years and I love the results. Clickers, which are also known as student response systems, are radio frequency devices used to transmit responses to multiple-choice, numerical and short-answer questions. Answers are collected by a wireless receiving device and software automatically tabulates and displays the anonymous responses in a bar graph to the entire class. ...

Survivor Extreme – Part II

On November 1, 1995, a tug with four men onboard, struck a rock in waters approximately 10 miles south of Nain, Labrador. Within a few minutes, the severely damaged Sea Alert sank. One man, engineer Dave Barnes, managed to get off the ship. His struggle to survive over the next 16 hours is almost incomprehensible. This is the continuation of Survivor Extreme.   When Dave ran from the engine room to the deck, he saw his three shipmates, Eph Skinner, Dave House and the tugboat’s ...

Challenges and Opportunities

In previous recent columns, I suggested Canada’s capture fishing industry is facing a very serious crisis, due to decreasing landings and a shrinking workforce and we need to be thinking about how to deal with it. The industry in Newfoundland and Labrador is also likely to see a big increase in the cost of electricity, due to the behind-schedule and over-budget Muskrat Falls hydro-electric power development. Faced with this situation, there are four directions we need to pursue, ...

On the Waterfront – September 2018

DFO Seeking Input into Atlantic Fishery Regulations Amendments The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has opened consultations into proposed amendments aimed at preserving the independence of commercial inshore licence holders in Atlantic Canada and Quebec. These amendments to the Atlantic Fishery Regulations aim to preserve the independence of inshore licence holders by adding elements of the key policies supporting the inshore fishery in Atlantic Canada and Quebec into the regulat...