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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 ...

MI Continues Support for Aquaculture in Coast of Bays

As the two-year pilot initiative wraps up at the Coast of Bays — Regional Aquaculture Centre, the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) will continue to move forward in engaging with aquaculture stakeholders in the region. MI’s engagement will be through its Community Based Education Delivery (CBED) unit, Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development (CASD) and Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources (CSAR). The pilot project, which was funded by the provincial and federal governmen...

Risks and Risk Management

Fishing vessels are places of work. But they present safety hazards unlike those of most other places of work. They are on water, rather than land and can be a considerable distance from land or other potential sources of shelter or assistance, should they be needed. Vessels react to atmospheric and ocean conditions, moving in different directions as they pitch, roll and yaw. Space on a vessel is expensive, limited and usually well-utilized, often requiring people to live and work in ...

Abandoned and Wrecked Boats A Marine Hazard

The federal government estimates there are more than 600 abandoned vessels, ranging from commercial ships to recreational boats, littering Canada’s waterways and harbours. Each of them can pose a safety risk to recreational boating and commercial vessel operators, become navigational hazards, pollute marine environments or cause significant removal costs and clean up. The Marine Institute is working with Transport Canada, as part of its $1.3-million commitment to remove abandoned boats, ...

Protecting Atlantic Canada’s Waters

Maritime Safety and the Marine Environment Get a Major Boost from the Oceans Protection Plan Canada has the longest coastline of any nation in the world. At more than 243,000 kilometres, that’s almost 50 times the distance between St. John’s and Vancouver. For the people who live and work on this coastline, the Canadian Coast Guard is an important part of the communities they call home. Coast Guard crews operate across Canada in an area of about 2.3 million square nautical miles, and ...

Building Trust

In the fishery, we have a trust problem. It’s a problem with deep historical roots and there are many levels of trust issues, so it is not an easy one to overcome. But we need to find some solutions. For as long as I can remember, market research has continually shown that most consumers are hesitant about buying fish products, because they don’t understand the characteristics of different species or trust their own abilities to assess quality and turn the fish into an enjoyable meal. ...