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Dialogue, Cooperation and Trust

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth. As the Babe so succinctly pointed out, there can be little or no success without cooperation. This not-so-startling revelation can of course be applied to any industry, including the fishery. Another pearl of wisdom on cooperation comes from a man many might consider the Babe Ruth ...

The Twine Loft – October 2020

Passed On: Todd McLean – Green Island Cove, N.L. fisherman McLean, 49, passed away suddenly at sea on July 28. Passed On: Samuel Hurley – Ship Cove, N.L. fisherman Hurley, 94, passed away on August 25 at Roddickton House in Roddickton, N.L. He was born on March 14, 1926 but due to error his birth was listed as 1927, He was the only son born to James and Rebecca Hurley of Westport along with his sister Sarah. He moved to Ship Cove as a very young boy with his family and lost his ...

On the Waterfront – October 2020

OCI Eyeing Substantial N.L. Development Ocean Choice International (OCI) is in the early stages of a proposed development in Conception Bay South (Long Pond), N.L. that could see the initial development of new land, a 90-metre wharf as well as the possible construction of a new cold storage facility. OCI has said it is still finalizing the business plan for this project and that it has not made a final decision to proceed. “We understand the importance of the area to residents, ...

Reflections on More Than 40 Years in the Industry

This will be my last column in The Navigator. I am retiring from the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI) at the end of September. In one way or another, I have been involved in the capture fishery for over 40 years. For my final column, I will reflect on events in the industry during that time. Opportunity As I consider what has happened over the past 40 plus years, the first word that springs to mind is opportunity. Although that may surprise some people, the fact is we ...

A Tale of Two Fishery Officers

Garnet Blake and Leon Hancock are both fishery officers with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). But the most powerful thing they have in common is the love and pride they have for their jobs. They also both believe Labrador, although they live in different parts, is the best place in the world to live. Blake is from Goose Bay and moved to Nain 12 years ago. He intended to stay for one year, but he never left. He’s been with DFO for 19 years now, drawn by a life outdoors and the freedom ...

Be Careful What You Ask For

There is an old saying that comes in many different variations. A common one is, “Be careful what you ask for, because you may get it in greater measure than you expect.” It is a warning that what you ask for may not actually be good for you. The origins of that idea go back at least to the book of Elijah in the Old Testament of the Bible. It is also in Aesop’s Fables, the world’s best-known collection of morality tales, dated to around 260 B.C. But Elijah and Aesop likely just ...

Meeting Specifications

These days, nearly all commercial food products are grown, harvested, cut and packaged in accordance with specifications. Governments specify the minimum requirements that must be met to ensure consumer health and safety. Food retailers, restaurant operators and other food service organizations specify additional requirements to ensure their products will be attractive to consumers, meet targeted price points and fit into their production and distribution systems. Both sets of specifications ...

On the Waterfront – July 2020

Another N.B. Lobster Plant Gutted by Fire A May 21 fire completely destroyed a large seafood processing plant in northeastern New Brunswick. The lobster processing plant, Les Pêcheries de Chez Nous was located in Val-Comeau, a small coastal community in the regional municipality of Tracadie. The blaze broke out shortly before 3 p.m. and took firefighters about three-and-a-half hours to get under control. “The plant is a total loss,” he said. He said the plant was in production ...

The Changing Face of Seafood Distribution

Like so many other businesses, the core business of major U.S. seafood distributors has been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. We all know how restaurants, hotels and casinos and amusement parks shut down. And food service seafood sales have fallen anywhere from 30 to 98 per cent, depending on the type of venue and offering. I have been wrestling with what this might mean for our industry. The only certainty I have is that we won’t go back to the way things were before. The restaur...

Predictability

Predictability is the degree to which a prediction, forecast or expectation is likely to come true. It is the foundation on which all plans are made. Unless there is a reasonable expectation of predictability, a plan has little chance of becoming reality. About 30 years ago, the U.S Army War College developed the idea that we increasingly live in a world that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous — or VUCA, for short. According to that view, we hope for certainty in a world that ...