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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 ...

Listen to the Capelin

If you want to know the future of the fishery around Newfoundland and Labrador guess who you should talk to? It’s a tiny fish that’s about 20 centimetres long and weighs in at 25 grams. When it’s trawled and dumped on the deck of the boat it smells like cucumber and its silvery underbelly sparkle like diamonds in the sunshine. One more hint? Historically, it was a popular fertilizer and most people want at least one meal of it a year. You got it. It’s the Mallotus villosus, or to ...

Changing Markets

We catch fish because we can sell them and earn an income. We don’t intentionally catch fish for which there are no markets. We can earn a better income, if we have a better understanding of what markets want and are willing to pay for and if we then organize ourselves to provide it. It’s also important to understand that markets change over time, sometimes because of changes in what customers want — or can be enticed to buy — and sometimes because of changes in what can be ...

Understanding Fish Stocks

Marine Institute Home to OCI Industrial Research Chair for Fish Stock Assessment Dr. Noel Cadigan has been named the first Ocean Choice International Research Chair in Stock Assessment and Sustainable Harvest Advice for Northwest Atlantic Fisheries. The new chair is an investment of $2.5 million from industry, government, academia, donors and the Marine Institute (MI) to advance the way fish stock assessments for the Northwest Atlantic fisheries are conducted. Housed at MI, it is only ...

Quantity Versus Value

For the most part, we live in a world where many resources are in short supply relative to human needs and wants. Since 1950, the world’s population has increased three-fold, from 2.5 billion to 7.6 billion this year, creating new demand for just about everything. To keep up with that growing demand, we have been extracting increasing quantities of the world’s resources — and producing a lot of waste products along the way. That is one of the major drivers of the climate change that ...

In A Holding Position — Michael Crockwell

If you were looking to anchor your boat in the Bronze Age, from 3300 to 2100 B.C., you’d tie a rope around a heavy rock and throw it overboard. These primitive anchors got a little more sophisticated with the addition of grooves and sticks and the killick was born. Gaelic for anchor, killicks were still being used in Newfoundland and Labrador in the last century. The word anchor itself is so old that it’s derived from not only a Latin word “ancora” but a Greek word before that. In ...

CCFI Announces Conference on Building the Fishery of the Future

The Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI) has announced it will host a conference called Cod — Building the Fishery of the Future, on November 22-23, 2017 at the Quality Hotel & Suites (formerly Hotel Gander). The conference is being held to provide industry with information it will need to launch a new cod fishery based on the recovering fish stocks off the Island and Labrador. The ultimate aim is to help create a sustainable, viable, globally competitive cod fishery that ...

Is Lobster Larvae Decline a Factor in Whale Deaths?

Editor’s Note: This is Alain’s final contribution to The Navigator Magazine. Our long-time, revered, Nova Scotia fisheries contributor passed away on August 5 in Yarmouth. He will be missed, not only by the readers of this publication, but by the fishing industry as a whole. Marine scientists now believe the lack of lobster postlarvae is the culprit behind the right whales vacating their feeding grounds at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy and migrating to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. ...

Cod – The Challenges in Building a New Industry

Last month in this column, I said the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation will be holding a conference in Gander on November 22 and 23, 2017 on the theme, Cod — Building the Fishery of the Future. Since then, however, we have had to change the dates to November 28 and 29, because one of our key speakers would not have been available on the earlier dates. Please note that change. This month, I will talk about some of the challenges in building the new industry that will be discussed ...

Organization and Lobbyists Could Be Solution to Industry Woes

When the late U.S. President Lyndon Johnson appointed a person into his inner circle, who at times had publicly disagreed with his policies, he justified his decision by saying he’d rather have the guy inside the tent peeing out than outside the tent peeing in. When it comes to having any influence with governments, especially Ottawa concerning the commercial fishery, hiring lobbyists is the solution because the opposition is doing so and with results. Three worried lobster harvesters ...