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Options Aplenty for Northern Cod

Some pundits might argue that there are nearly as many opinions of what to do with the iconic Northern cod as there are actual fish in the ocean. While that might be a mild exaggeration, proposals and theories are aplenty once again, especially since the latest stock assessment from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). After a supposed setback last year, DFO recently reported that the Northern cod stock off eastern Newfoundland appears to be in better shape than initially ...

The Twine Loft – July 2019

Passed On: Robert Colbourne – St. Lunaire-Griquet, N.L. fisherman Colbourne, 52, passed away on May 28. He was born on April 25, 1967 to Eliza and Winston Colbourne and was the youngest of three children. He worked hard to provide for his family, unselfishly spending long periods of time at sea. He started fishing with his father when he was a teenager in L’Anse aux Meadows. After he was married, he went to Ontario for three summers sandblasting and painting. He then started fishing in ...

On the Waterfront – July 2019

Fatal Fishing Accident Off Labrador A 52-year-old veteran Newfoundland fisherman died after falling overboard from an offshore fishing vessel on May 28. The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) reported that the fisherman, identified as Robert Colbourne of St. Lunaire-Griquet, N.L., went overboard while working on the Newfoundland Victor about 400 kilometres northeast of Nain, between Labrador and Greenland. The TSB has deployed a team of investigators to St. Anthony, Newfoundland and ...

2019 Crab and Lobster Overview

For the past 10 years, I have made an annual trip to New Brunswick following the Boston Seafood Show to discuss the market outlook for snow crab and lobster with harvesters and processors in a series of meetings around the province, sponsored by the Dept. of Fisheries and Aquaculture. Here are a few thoughts on those species.   Snow Crab I heard from several people at the Boston Seafood show that sentiment on crab changed on the last day of the show. At least two Japanese orders ...

Our People Problem

In last month’s Navigator, the Editor’s Notebook section provided an extensive discussion of plant worker shortages, referring to them as “a complex and stubborn dilemma.” The discussion was largely based on research done by Food Processing Skills Canada. In this column, I will take that discussion in a different direction. Plant worker shortages are certainly a well-known problem in Atlantic Canada. The shortages are widespread throughout the industry, but particularly acute in ...

It Must Have Been Really Quick – Part II

After refitting his longliner in the winter of 1994/95, Skipper Bob Stacey from St. Lawrence had a brand-new boat ready for the 1995 fishing season on the south coast of Newfoundland. The Jessie Marie was even five feet longer than before the refit. One of the main reasons for the upgrade was to make the vessel suitable for scallop fishing. Bob and his two-man crew fished the Jessie Marie for several months after the refit and for the most part, things went fairly well, but during a ...

Online Enrolment Growing for MI Fishing Masters Training Across Canada

An increasing demand for fishing harvesting training in Canada is being driven by younger participants and the availability of online learning says the head of the Marine Institute’s Community Based Education Delivery (CBED) department. “Fish harvesting training is definitely vital to an evolving industry and we are seeing more and younger students overall in online and traditional delivery programs in Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada,” explained Craig Parsons. “There ...

Canadian Sealing: A Labyrinth of Lies

Bang — one dead seal out of a population of about 7,500,000. For over 50 years, Canadian marine mammal scientists have studied the harp seal herd off the east coast of Canada, so we have a very good understanding of them. From this science, the Government of Canada sets annual quotas that sealers can kill and yet sustain the health of the herd. During this period, we have more than tripled the size of the herd. The seals we hunt are fully weened and independent of their dames. H...

Fisheries Resource Management

Apart from my day job at the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation, I teach a course in the Master of Marine Studies (Fisheries Resource Management) program at Memorial University’s Marine Institute, entitled, Overview of World Fisheries. Before I go any further, I should confess that I am not a fisheries scientist and have never managed fish resources. However, I have been in the industry a long time, I have had a broad range of experience in the industry and I have literally traveled ...

It Must Have Been Really Quick

Bob Stacey was known as a hard-working fisherman. With little interest in anything else except hunting, the young fishing skipper from St. Lawrence, on the southern tip of Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula, worked tirelessly in his chosen profession. If he wasn’t at sea, he was working on his boat and fishing gear. Bob was a St. Lawrence oddity in some respects. St. Lawrence bills itself as the Soccer Capital of Canada and it has good reason to make that claim. Its team, St. Lawrence ...