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Is Federal MPA Plan Too Aggressive and Short-Sighted?

With 2019 now in the rear-view mirror, fishing industry stakeholders are looking ahead to the next decade and are anxiously awaiting new federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan to start work on her new portfolio. As you will see on page 22 of this month’s Navigator, the Nova Scotia Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret’s recently received her marching orders from her boss, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. There is nothing earth-shattering in her mandate letter — ...

The Twine Loft – February 2020

Passed On: Lindsay Petten – Port de Grave, N.L. fisherman Petten, 46, passed away suddenly on December 23 while scuba diving with his son. A well-known and respected fisherman, he was the Captain of the Nautical Legend and son of fisherman Ches Petten. Passed On: Bonnie Fudge – Brighton, N.L. fish plant worker Fudge, 69, passed away on December 4. She was born in Brighton on July 21, 1950 to Althea and Selby Verge. She worked at her sister, Ida’s, post office and later at the ...

On the Waterfront – February 2020

New Processing Facility to be Built in Digby Construction is expected to start this spring on a new $14.25-million, 43,580-square-foot seafood production facility in the Digby Industrial Park. Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced in December the approval of a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for fish harvesting and processing company Scotia Harvest Inc. The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $1,863,333 upon completion of its ...

Thinking Big

Comparisons are often made between the fisheries in Iceland and Atlantic Canada. I have made such comparisons in this column and others have made them, as well.  In these comparisons, Iceland is usually considered a model we need to follow. There are good reasons to make such comparisons. Historically, Iceland’s fishery was similar to ours in Atlantic Canada. We harvested the same species in similar quantities and competed in the same markets. The major difference was that Icelandic ...

2019: A Calming of the Tempest?

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day”: American poet Edith Lovejoy Pierce. So good Navigator readers, what final entries will you be adding to your 2019 journal, while cracking the spine on your new 2020 memoir? What was the overall tone of your 2019? Could it be summed up by the normal terms associated with the fishery in Atlantic Canada — including adject...

The Twine Loft – January 2020

Passed On: Malcolm MacEachern – Antigonish, N.S. fish plant worker MacEachern, 91, passed away on November 11 at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital. In his early life, when his two brothers went overseas, he stayed at home to look after the family farm for his mother who was a widower. He began his working career as a fisherman’s helper and went to work in the woods with his friend, Johnny Adams, in Economy hauling logs where he worked his way up to teamster. He had his own truck hauling ...

On the Waterfront – January 2020

Bill Introduced to Modernize N.B. Aquaculture Act The New Brunswick government has introduced a new Aquaculture Act to replace the current legislation. “As part of our efforts to energize the private sector, our government is modernizing the Aquaculture Act to better support growth and attract further investment in this sector,” said Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister, Ross Wetmore. “The new act will strengthen environmental protection, improve fish health and welfare ...

Mowi CEO Apology was Empty

There is little comfort in the apology by Mowi CEO Aarskog to Premier Ball and Minister Byrne in relation to the suffocation of 2.6-million salmon in their net pens in August on our south coast. Minister Byrne held a technical briefing recently to showcase his new policies, but it was by invitation only and the public was excluded, just like the public was excluded from the Mowi apology. This is another example of the two-way discussion between the aquaculture industry and the N.L. ...

Wrong to Compare Aquaculture to Agriculture

This is in response to a letter to the editor by Mark Lane, executive director of the N.L. Aquaculture Industry Association, where he is supporting the fish farms in the ocean, regardless of the damage they cause and I can understand why, that’s what he is getting paid for. I too am a proud citizen of this province and grew up harvesting the ocean and the land and the two are as different as chalk and cheese, especially what has happened this year on the South Coast. When farmers lose ...

World Fisheries Day: Highlighting the Challenges for a Sustainable Future

November 21 was World Fisheries Day. It is a day to recognize what the fishery means to our communities, our province, our country and the world. The fishery is what brought many settlers to Newfoundland and Labrador and over 500 years later it remains the industry that sustains much of our rural and coastal communities. Tens of thousands of people are directly and indirectly employed by the fishing industry in our province. In rural Newfoundland and Labrador, the crew member, the ...