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Welcome to the New Normal

“People often ask when the world will return to its normal days. Don’t wait for normal days. Assume that abnormal days are normal days. Today’s abnormal normal is now our new normal.” Mehmet Murat Ildan (Turkish playwright and author)   Last month’s Navigator Magazine was the always-popular, annual safety issue. It always highlights and puts the importance of safety in the fishery out front, where it should always be. As every harvester knows, fishing is a dangerous ...

The Twine Loft – June 2020

Passed On: Charles Pearcey – St. John’s, N.L. fisherman Pearcey, 82, passed away on April 18. Born on April 26, 1937 in St. John’s, he was the eldest son of the late James and Ethel Pearcey of the Outer Battery. He was well known for his passion of family history of St. John’s and the Outer Battery. He was often found at the family twine store welcoming one and all. The door was always open. He received such distinction as a Provincial Historic Traditional Bearer and appeared on ...

On the Waterfront – June 2020

ISA Outbreak at Northern Harvest Smolt Facility Northern Harvest Smolt Limited (NHSL) recently announced that the suspect detection of infectious salmon anemia (ISA) at its hatchery located in Stephenville, N.L. has been confirmed. Follow-up sampling at the facility identified eight fish as positive for pathogenic ISA and six fish as positive for non-pathogenic ISA. In response to this confirmation and in keeping with best practice, NHSL is culling all 450,000 juvenile Atlantic salmon ...

Should There be a Fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador This Year?

The fishery is part of the food chain, the very essence of life. We have a lot of people in this world who are starving to death and any interruptions in the food chain will only make things worse. Food gets scarce, prices skyrocket and the poor people will be the ones to suffer. There is a lot of fear in this province and you hear it every day on radio and TV, all in an effort to get people to stay home. Approximately 90 per cent of food in Newfoundland and Labrador comes from outside ...

Work Together or Hang Separately, it is That Simple

Above: Lonnie Snow photo   Two qualities that give the seafood industry its unique character are being made up of a multitude of diverse companies of all sizes and having an immense diversity of species and products. In the U.S. meat industry, four companies control 84 per cent of beef production, 65 per cent of pork production, 53 per cent of poultry and one dairy co-op and one processor control 30 per cent and 40 per cent respectively of the national milk supply. Our compan...

Matching Demand and Supply

Recent events related to the COVID-19 lockdown have brought into very clear focus the economic laws of supply and demand that usually operate more in the background. Essentially, these laws state that, in a competitive market, the unit price for a particular item will vary, until the quantity demanded is equal to the quantity supplied. If market demand is higher than supply, the price will rise, to attract new supply. But if supply exceeds demand, the price will drop, until some suppliers ...

Industry Uncertainty Cannot Overshadow Safety

Like most industries around the globe, COVID-19 has many seafood harvesting and processing businesses reeling right now. At this time of the year, Southwest Nova lobster fishermen are normally putting a big push on to finish their season strong, while in other parts of Atlantic Canada, the snow crab fishery is about to ramp up into high gear, not to mention other Maritime lobster seasons. Economically speaking, spring is the critical season for many fishing enterprises. However, the ...

The Twine Loft – May 2020

Passed On: Tom Best – Petty Harbour, N.L. fisherman Best, 74, passed away on March 31 at the Miller Centre in St. John’s following a battle with cancer. He became a licenced inshore fisherman in Petty Harbour in 1963 after finishing high school. He was a fiercely proud inshore fish harvester who dedicated his life’s work to advocating for sustainable fisheries and communities. He chaired the Petty Harbour Fishermen’s Committee for many years and was the founding president of the Petty ...

On the Waterfront – May 2020

DFO Permits Fishing Without At-Sea Observers Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada has issued a Fisheries Management Order (FMO 2020-01), under section 9.1 of the Fisheries Act, which requires that all authorized fishing activities be carried out, on a temporary basis, without any at-sea observer coverage. Under this Fisheries Management Order, the following requirements are imposed: All fishing activities authorized under the Fisheries Act must be ...

Processors Now Key to Lobster and Crab Survival in Canada

Above: Kathy Johnson photo This month, economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic will become more visible and the success or failure of economic decisions will have a big impact on our lives, as much as the success or failure of pandemic containment actions. The big money fisheries in Atlantic Canada are lobster and snow crab and how these fisheries navigate the next few months will be critical to the survival of many shore communities and small businesses. We need to prepare ...