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Reflections on the Evolution of Fishing Technology

Harold DeLouche, trawl design expert with the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources (CSAR), has seen significant changes during his 35 years in the trawling sector. Current focus is now on sustainable fishing, capturing the target species only, having as little impact on the seabed as possible and on vessel fuel efficiency. As well, consumer insistence on sustainable certifications, such as The Marine Stewardship Council, has created an economic model for sustainable harvesting. In the ...

Survivor Extreme

Northern Labrador was a very busy place in 1995. The huge Voisey’s Bay nickel development was starting to swing into full gear in a remote part of the Labrador coastline just 21 miles south of Nain, the most northerly major town in Labrador. The early signs of winter are obvious in that region by late October with snow on the ground and ice forming along the coastline, while many ponds and lakes are often frozen solid. Marine shipping is crucial for the transport of nearly everything in ...

See a Whale or Marine Mammal This Summer? “Tell Jack”

Why not add more sense of “porpoise” to your outdoor adventures this summer while you are exploring all the beauty Newfoundland and Labrador has to offer? If you are out around our colourful and lively coast, have a keen eye on the ocean and shores for whales and leatherback turtles because Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) wants you to “Tell Jack” what you see. Who’s Jack? Dr. Jack Lawson is one of DFO’s marine mammal research scientists. As a child, Lawson was “always ...

Turning Less Into More

Last month, my column was on the theme Making Do With Less. I suggested Canada’s capture fishing industry is facing a very serious crisis, due to decreasing landings and a shrinking workforce and that we need to be thinking about how to deal with it. In doing so, I suggested that we need to obtain more value from our resources and more output per person from the people who continue to work in the industry. In other words, we need to get more from less. That is what this column is about. ...

On The Waterfront – August 2018

P.E.I. Fishing Accidents Claims Two Lives The Canadian Transportation Safety Board is investigating an unusual collision of two lobster boats on June 12 that left two crew members dead. The accident, that occurred in the area of Murray Harbour, involved one vessel colliding with a stationary lobster boat. RCMP said the collision occurred when one boat, on its way back to shore, smashed into another boat that was buoyed about nine kilometres off the coast. Both fatalities were on the ...

Innovative Fishing Gear Technologies in the Coast of Bays

The Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources and the Regional Aquaculture Centre in the Coast of Bays Region have been working with local harvesters from the Connaigre Peninsula since April to test experimental fishing gear for snow crab and lobster. While the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources developed and implemented the experimental procedures, the Regional Aquaculture Centre was critical in organizing two information sessions for the harvesters to participate in the projects. ...

A Red Sky at Morning — Part II

(Above) John Gillett sitting on the deck of his house in Twillingate during an evening of story telling, 2014  On October 28, 1971, John Gillett and his friend Clarence Oxford were turr hunting when John had a sudden premonition of impending danger. His strange feeling was strong enough for John to suggest they should turn around and head for home in Twillingate. It was a calm morning and turrs were plentiful, but Clarence knew the forecast called for strong winds in the afternoon so ...

Northern Cod Science — A Collaborative Effort

Northern cod has been looked on as one of the most important fish stocks for Newfoundland and Labrador for centuries. Through the collapse of the fishery in the early 1990s and to the recent growth in the stock, the assessment of the status of the Northern cod stock is big news in the province. Brian Healey works in the Science Branch of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). He is the senior NAFO science advisor for Fisheries and Oceans Canada and section head of groundfish and is responsi...

Making Do With Less

Canada’s capture fishing industry is facing a very serious crisis, due to decreasing landings and a shrinking workforce. Some aspects of that crisis are already apparent, but others will become increasingly obvious as time passes. We need to be thinking about how to deal with it. In 1990, fish landings in Canada totaled 1,598,281 metric tonnes. In 2016, they were 831,980 tonnes, just 52.1 per cent of the 1990 total. Fisheries on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts suffered drastic ...

Investors Swoon Over Land-Based Salmon Farming in Maine

Down East Maine is one of the poorest parts of the United States. The area used to have large numbers of salmon canneries and paper mills, which have all disappeared. Now, the drop in costs for land-based salmon farming has resulted in an investor-led rush to acquire and build suitable properties in Maine. The latest investment group is Whole Oceans, a company owned by the private equity venture group called Emergent Holdings, which first filed its Securities and Exchange Commission ...