Risks and Risk Management
Fishing vessels are places of work.
But they present safety hazards unlike those of most other places of work. They are on water, rather than land and can be a considerable distance from land or other potential sources of shelter or assistance, should they be needed.
Vessels react to atmospheric and ocean conditions, moving in different directions as they pitch, roll and yaw. Space on a vessel is expensive, limited and usually well-utilized, often requiring people to live and work in ...
Abandoned and Wrecked Boats A Marine Hazard
The federal government estimates there are more than 600 abandoned vessels, ranging from commercial ships to recreational boats, littering Canada’s waterways and harbours.
Each of them can pose a safety risk to recreational boating and commercial vessel operators, become navigational hazards, pollute marine environments or cause significant removal costs and clean up.
The Marine Institute is working with Transport Canada, as part of its $1.3-million commitment to remove abandoned boats, ...
Protecting Atlantic Canada’s Waters
Maritime Safety and the Marine Environment Get a Major Boost from the Oceans Protection Plan
Canada has the longest coastline of any nation in the world.
At more than 243,000 kilometres, that’s almost 50 times the distance between St. John’s and Vancouver. For the people who live and work on this coastline, the Canadian Coast Guard is an important part of the communities they call home. Coast Guard crews operate across Canada in an area of about 2.3 million square nautical miles, and ...
In the fishery, we have a trust problem.
It’s a problem with deep historical roots and there are many levels of trust issues, so it is not an easy one to overcome. But we need to find some solutions.
For as long as I can remember, market research has continually shown that most consumers are hesitant about buying fish products, because they don’t understand the characteristics of different species or trust their own abilities to assess quality and turn the fish into an enjoyable meal. ...
Charting New Courses
How Modernizing Canada’s Nautical Charts is Serving More than Just Ships
“Nautical charts protect lives, property and the marine environment.”
This is the motto of the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) which has been mapping the Canadian ocean for over 100 years, and charting Newfoundland and Labrador waters since the province joined Confederation in 1949.
Over the years how it does its work has evolved from cumbersome manual methods of measuring ocean depth to the ...
Innovative Aquaculture Training in the Coast of Bays
A partnership between the College of the North Atlantic and the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University is attempting to train people to work in the burgeoning salmonid aquaculture industry in the Coast of Bays region.
Known as the Development and Pilot Testing of an Innovative Demand-led Training Model to Support Entry and Retention in the Aquaculture Sector Research Project, it is led by the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) and is one of 14 projects ...
Looking Beneath the Surface
In the fishery, we are always concerned about what is going
on underneath the surface of the ocean.
Looking at the surface can provide helpful information but
what is below the surface is what really matters.
Beneath that surface is the part of the ocean ecosystem the
fishery depends on. The different fish resources we harvest, the food for those
fish and predators who compete with us to catch them are all down there
somewhere. So is the fishing gear we use to catch them and even the ...
Quality – Again
In recent columns, I suggested that our industry is facing a very serious crisis, due to decreasing landings of our main commercial species (with the notable exception of lobster) and a shrinking workforce.
That means we need to do more with less. If we can’t catch more fish, we need to obtain more value per fish.
If we have fewer people, we need the people we do have to produce more output per person. I have also suggested how that might be done.
In this column, I will talk about ...
Pop’s Pride – Part II
Three members of one fishing family, along with a family friend, all from Shea Heights-St. John’s, N.L., went fishing on September 6, 2016 in a 22-foot open boat. When Eugene Walsh, his son Keith and Keith’s son, Keith Jr., along with Billy Humby, had not returned by early afternoon, family members and friends became concerned. Winds had increased to 25–30 knots and waves reached six feet high outside the St. John’s Narrows — not good conditions for a small boat. This is Part II of ...
Consistency is Key in Measuring Fish Abundance
Have you ever wondered how fish populations are measured?
With countless factors impacting abundance, such as changing ocean and ecosystem conditions, predator-prey relationships, mortality and recruitment rates, fishing pressure and the interconnected nature of the ecosystem — figuring out how a species is fairing is a complicated task.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) conducts annual at-sea surveys to collect data that are later analyzed in its labs to ultimately answer the question ...