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FCC Conference Serves Up Insights and Solutions as Seafood Industry Adapts to Dynamic Challenges

For over a year, the Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) has led a campaign to promote Canadian fish and seafood under the tagline, “Three Oceans, Two Million Lakes, One Place.” However, given the strong and enthusiastic showing at FCC’s recent Annual Conference, the tagline might have earned a new twist, “Hundreds of Participants, 11 Speakers, Lots of Value — in Two Days.” Indeed, as industry leaders from all three coasts and at all points along the supply chain gathered in ...

The Impacts of Climate Change on Atlantic Canada are Unprecedented

As the world reacts to dire new warnings contained in the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, Ecology Action Centre (EAC) is focusing on how changing oceans could impact Atlantic Canada and what we can do about it. “Atlantic Canada’s way of life is so closely tied to the ocean,” says Shannon Arnold, senior marine coordinator, EAC. “The impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems could severely ...

High-Tech Cod Acoustic Tracking Project Underway off N.L.

Atlantic Canada’s interest in developing high-tech ocean industries and its traditional groundfish industry is coming together in a project recently announced in St. John’s, N.L. aimed at improving tracking of Northern cod. The Association of Seafood Producers and the Atlantic Groundfish Council announced an $8.5-million Northern cod acoustic tracking (NCAT) project. The project is part of a Northern cod fisheries improvement program (FIP) that was launched in 2015 in NAFO divisions 2J, ...

Green-Lighting Cod Jigs

A New Handline Fishing Enhancement Since the Northern cod fishery moratorium in the early 1990s, fishing gears, methods (e.g. gillnet soak times) and gear alternatives (e.g. hook and line) have been explored for efficiency, practicality, profitability and ecological sustainability. While gillnets are the most widely used gear in commercial fisheries, most fishers also jig cod. Some fishing programs or areas such as the Petty Harbour Protected Fishing Area only allow handline fishing methods ...

FCC Hosting “Delivering Seafood to the World” Conference in Ottawa

The Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) is hosting its annual conference in Ottawa this October, with the theme of Delivering Seafood to the World. The conference will be held October 2–3 at the Delta Hotel Ottawa City Centre. The Government of Canada sees the agri-food sector as an economic engine. The fisheries sector, exporting to 139 countries, is a prime example of that engine — providing critical economic prosperity for communities along its coasts and around the large freshwater ...

FCC Future Leaders Canada Moving Forward

By Paul Lansbergen President, Fisheries Council of Canada This year, the Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) launched a new sector-specific career development program. The huge success of a similar program in the U.S. gave us confidence that Future Leaders Canada would be valued by the sector. Our expectations for the first year were modest to build momentum for future years. The response and reactions from the sector during the application phase were encouraging. In the end, we ...

NATI Event Highlights Leading Edge Fishing Industry Innovations

By Craig Rowe Chair, NL Association of Technology and Innovation (NATI) There’s no industry more deeply rooted in our history than the fishery. There’s no trait more deeply engrained in who we are as people than innovation. In what at first might seem like an unlikely pairing, the technology and innovation sector in Newfoundland and Labrador sees tremendous opportunity to work with the fishery to increase competitiveness, expand markets and help bring increased economic value to ...

The Fisheries Problem from Hell: Right Whales and Gear Entanglement

The North Atlantic right whale population is hovering at the brink of failure, with around 400 surviving individuals. In some years, there has been some population increase and in other years not. But the fact is that unintentional killing of right whales through both ship strikes and gear entanglements is preventing the population from increasing to a safer level and exacerbating the risk the entire species will go extinct. Although the population increased between 1990 and 2010, since ...

FCC Future Leaders Canada Program Starts Strong

This year, the Fisheries Council of Canada (FCC) launched a new sector-specific career development program. The huge success of a similar program in the U.S. gave us confidence that Future Leaders Canada would be valued by the sector. Our expectations for the first year were modest to build momentum for future years. The response and reactions from the sector during the application phase were encouraging. In the end, we have seven very strong Future Leaders in our inaugural class. Our ...

New Fisheries Law a Step Forward, but Won’t Resolve Conflicts

The new Canadian Fisheries Act is a long overdue modernization that clearly helps fix some management issues with Canadian fisheries, but also enshrines into law some of the problematic aspects of Canadian ocean protection efforts. With the third reading of the fisheries bill under the Canadian system, the bill will now quickly become law once signed by the governor general, the Queen’s representative in Canada. The major changes in the bill are as follows: Reverses the Harper ...