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Marine Institute Groundfish Processing Technology Demonstrations a Big Success

As the Atlantic Canadian seafood industry begins its transition back to groundfish, processing capacity must be improved with new processing technologies that are more efficient, less labour intensive, more energy efficient and offer improved yields and quality. To help prepare industry for this transition, the Marine Institute’s Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development hosted a Groundfish Processing Technology Demonstrations in February 2018, highlighting some of the newest ground...

Dr. Robert Gregory: Casting a Net

Dr. Robert Gregory is a research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and also an adjunct professor at Memorial University. One could say that he has been schooling young cod and students since 1994. Let’s talk young fish first. “The program I’ve developed over the years involves analysing young cod and coastal ecosystems in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Gregory. Gregory studies the early-life stages of cod. He focuses on the nearshore where waters are 10 metres deep ...

Creating Value from Fish

Except for lobster, catches of other important commercial fish species have been decreasing in recent years. And even though cod and other groundfish have been increasing in abundance around Newfoundland and Labrador, it seems like it will be a long time before catches come anywhere close to being able to replace the revenues and incomes lost from decreasing catches of shrimp and crab. That means we will need to maximize value from the catches we are able to take. So, what is involved in ...

A Glance at Aquaculture and Fisheries Co-operative Business Models

Co-operatives are particularly well-suited as a business model in smaller communities where aquaculture or fisheries are taking place, so that the maximum number of residents in those communities can benefit. The advantages of such organizations, when well-structured and managed, are that they respond to members’ needs, focusing on enhancing production and incomes of members, through innovation, best practices and market access. Most readers will be familiar with credit unions (financ...

Snow Crab: The Claws Tell the Story

In the 1950s and 1960s, if you were fishing for cod around Newfoundland and Labrador you might get a little crabby if a nuisance snow crab, also called queen crab, was tangled up in your gillnet. Today, it’s a completely different story. That snow crab brought in $275 million last year, making it the province’s most valuable fishery. Due to the significance of the fishery, it is important to understand as much about snow crab as possible. Dr. Darrell Mullowney has worked with the ...

Risk – Winners and Losers

Risk has two parts — one that offers potential for gain, another than could lead to loss. Either outcome is possible, presenting a dilemma. If we don’t take a risk, we lose the opportunity for gain. If we do, we must accept the potential for loss. A lottery ticket is a good example. The potential for a big win is the seductive part, enticing us to take the chance. As the saying goes, you can’t win it, if you’re not in it. But when you buy the ticket, you also accept that you ...

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 ...