Work Together or Hang Separately, it is That Simple
Above: Lonnie Snow photo
Two qualities that give the seafood industry its unique character are being made up of a multitude of diverse companies of all sizes and having an immense diversity of species and products.
In the U.S. meat industry, four companies control 84 per cent of beef production, 65 per cent of pork production, 53 per cent of poultry and one dairy co-op and one processor control 30 per cent and 40 per cent respectively of the national milk supply.
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 ...
Industry Must Prepare as COVID-19 Changing Supply Chain Behaviour
With the spread of the coronavirus to new countries, I now believe the seafood industry is going to face its worst crisis since the economic collapse of 2008.
That was difficult and frightening enough.
From October to December of 2008, fresh whole salmon prices dropped 20 per cent. From August 2008 to January 2009, shrimp prices in the Urner Barry farmed shrimp index fell 16 per cent. Cod loins, which were at record prices in November of 2008, fell 34 per cent over the next 11 months, in ...
Fisheries Science Failures on Full Display in 3Ps Cod Projections
Cod still remains “fish” in Newfoundland and Labrador, but the optimism of growing cod stocks in the past few years has been tempered.
Newfoundland once had one of the world’s great cod stocks on the Grand Banks and in the 2J-3K NAFO area off the northeast coast of Newfoundland and off Labrador.
According to George Rose of Memorial University, one of the world’s foremost scientists on Atlantic cod, the collapse of the stock in the early 1990s was precipitated when most of the ...
As the Decade Ends, What Battles Will the Industry Face Over the Next 10 Years
Above: David Greening photo
New Year’s Day 2020 offered a good chance to think about how the next 10 years may be different for the seafood industry.
If you think back to where we were in 2010, it is quite different than where we are today.
Ten years ago, certification was still controversial. The MSC was about to decertify Alaska salmon. Retailers were facing a multiplicity of certifications and ratings and the shrimp industry with BAP and the tuna industry with International ...
Putting the ‘Fisher’ Back Into Fisheries Science
Scientists Reaching Out in Two Key Atlantic Fisheries: Units 1 and 2 Redfish and Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Cod
One of the key challenges facing fisheries management is that of establishing effective communication between fishermen, scientists and decision-makers.
It is no secret that scientists aren’t always successful in communicating their results. Indeed, the frustrations of stakeholders are often hard to hide. For fisheries management, however, poor communication can be ...
Can We Stop IUU Fishing by Thinking Outside the Box?
Above: Participants at the recent International Coldwater Prawn Forum held in St. John's, N.L.
Campaigns against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing by both the industry and environmentalists continually run up against a problem: government enforcement.
Enforcement is not as much of an issue for rich countries with well-developed fisheries management systems and strong enforcement histories.
In these cases, when IUU fishing happens, it can be successfully exposed, ...
Fishing for Phantoms
Using the Local Ecological Knowledge of Fish Harvesters to Assess the Extent of Ghost Fishing Gear in Nova Scotia
In recent years, Canadian and Global public awareness of ghost gear has improved.
Ghost gear is traditionally defined as fishing gear that has been lost or discarded at sea and which continues to fish. This continued trapping of both targeted and bycatch species has negative environmental and economic impacts.
One point of view that has often been overlooked with ...
What’s Going Right with Pollock
The single largest American fishery by volume, Alaska pollock, is having a banner year — and it is no accident.
The pollock industry is one of the most efficient producers of protein on the planet, yet three years ago the industry was in crisis. Pollock prices were at their lowest level since 2005 and there were huge inventories of product in Europe largely due to the discount wars on pollock initiated as Pacific Andes struggled and Russian competitors were ramping up to produce single ...
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 ...