Industry Uncertainty Cannot Overshadow Safety
Like most industries around the globe, COVID-19 has many seafood harvesting and processing businesses reeling right now.
At this time of the year, Southwest Nova lobster fishermen are normally putting a big push on to finish their season strong, while in other parts of Atlantic Canada, the snow crab fishery is about to ramp up into high gear, not to mention other Maritime lobster seasons.
Economically speaking, spring is the critical season for many fishing enterprises.
However, the ...
The Twine Loft – May 2020
Passed On: Tom Best – Petty Harbour, N.L. fisherman
Best, 74, passed away on March 31 at the Miller Centre in St. John’s following a battle with cancer. He became a licenced inshore fisherman in Petty Harbour in 1963 after finishing high school. He was a fiercely proud inshore fish harvester who dedicated his life’s work to advocating for sustainable fisheries and communities. He chaired the Petty Harbour Fishermen’s Committee for many years and was the founding president of the Petty ...
On the Waterfront – May 2020
DFO Permits Fishing Without At-Sea Observers
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada has issued a Fisheries Management Order (FMO 2020-01), under section 9.1 of the Fisheries Act, which requires that all authorized fishing activities be carried out, on a temporary basis, without any at-sea observer coverage.
Under this Fisheries Management Order, the following requirements are imposed:
All fishing activities authorized under the Fisheries Act must be ...
Processors Now Key to Lobster and Crab Survival in Canada
Above: Kathy Johnson photo
This month, economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic will become more visible and the success or failure of economic decisions will have a big impact on our lives, as much as the success or failure of pandemic containment actions.
The big money fisheries in Atlantic Canada are lobster and snow crab and how these fisheries navigate the next few months will be critical to the survival of many shore communities and small businesses.
We need to prepare ...
Risk = Probability x Impact
Safety is the theme for this month’s issue of The Navigator.
But safety is a concern because of risk. The fishery is widely regarded as being the riskiest occupation in the world.
The risks have even been the subject of reality television shows, such as Deadliest Catch, about the crab fishery in Alaska. When the risks in your industry are offered to the public as a form of entertainment, to provide a vicarious thrill, it is not a good sign.
Risk can be assessed based on the simple ...
The Twine Loft – April 2020
Passed On: Hedley Richards – Halifax, N.S. fisherman
Richards, 71, passed away on Feb. 18 at home. He spent most of his life on the water fishing alongside his father and brothers. For many years he served as a member of the school board, was actively involved with St. Paul’s Anglican Church, St. Carols, N.L. and spent countless hours working with the FFAW Inshore Council. The FFAW/Unifor recognized him for outstanding service, in appreciation of his commitment and dedication to building a ...
On the Waterfront – April 2020
Conservation Groups Welcome Ruling on Hatchery Expansion
Ecojustice, on behalf of grassroots groups and individuals concerned about the health of wild Atlantic salmon stocks, welcomed the recent Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador’s decision on the Indian Head Hatchery Expansion Project.
Ecojustice went to court in November 2019 on behalf of the Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland, the Freshwater-Alexander Bays Ecosystem Corporation, the Port au Port Bay Fishery Committee, ...
Last month, I wrote a column about valuing the ocean.
This month, I will follow up with a column about valuing fish, just one of the resources the ocean provides but a very important one, both globally and here in Atlantic Canada.
In 2011, Michael Mainelli and Ian Harris published an award-winning book entitled The Price of Fish: A New Approach to Wicked Economics and Better Decisions. It is worth noting that the authors were involved in creation of the Marine Stewardship Council, which ...
Back to Basics
Researchers Prepare for More Ocean Activity in Placentia Bay
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has a unique opportunity to survey the marine environment to see what it looks like before human interaction and marine traffic increase in the Placentia Bay area.
Kate Dalley is a biologist, who was raised in Mobile, Newfoundland and Labrador, by two biologists. “There was never any question that this was what I was going to do. My studies are in ecology, which is understanding ...
The Twine Loft – March 2020
Passed On: John Crosbie – St. John’s, N.L. politician, former N.L. Lieutenant Governor and Federal Fisheries Minister
Crosbie, 89, passed away on January 10 in St. John’s. He was born in St. John’s on January 30, 1931, to a prominent business and political family. He was the son of Chesley A. Crosbie, the head of the Crosbie mercantile group and leader of the Economic Union Party, which favoured free trade with the United States. His grandfather was Sir John Chalker Crosbie, a cabinet ...