Uncertainty Surfaces Surrounding Future Lobster Stocks
Record-setting lobster landings have been the catalyst of late driving the fishery in the northeastern Atlantic.
Catches on both sides of the border have sustained an almost uninterrupted surge in abundance for more than a decade. By 2015, U.S. and Canadian harvests had nearly doubled — adding up to a combined volume of 157,000 metric tonnes (346 million pounds) with a value of (U.S.) $1.48 billion.
In eastern Canada, lobster landings have increased from just over 54,000 metric tonnes ...
Will 2017 Produce Another Game Changer?
Most people in Atlantic Canada will not have to read this editorial to realize that this month marks the 25th anniversary of the infamous cod moratorium.
On July 2, 1992, John Crosbie put, what many thought, would be the final nail in the coffin of what was once the largest cod fishery in the world. The feeling at the time was the fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador, as it was known at the time, was over. But despite the initial shock and despair at the time, the fishery was forced to look ...
Bucking the Temperature Trend
The majority of people associated with the fishing industry will agree that climate change and ocean warming is real — oceanagraphic data from the around the world backs up the premise.
Scientists from around the globe have been studying the warming phenomena for some time and have been trying to predict its impact on the many species of fish off our shores.
And while those in the scientific community — even the newly muzzled ones in the United States — are primarily in agreement that ...
Man Overboard: 55 Deaths in 15 years
Just the other day, the winds were gusting in excess of 120 kilometres/hour — but people in this region did not seem to even notice — just going about their daily business like nothing was happening.
Atlantic Canadians, if nothing else, are never phased by a “little wind.” It is just another example of the often harsh realities of living in this neck of the woods. And no other industry is forced to deal with these climatological extremes more than the fishery.
Everyone involved ...
U.S. Tightens Up Seafood Import Regulations
With the the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) recently passing the latest bureaucratic hurdle, more in the Atlantic Canadian fishing industry are turning their attention to the potential, new markets across the Atlantic.
But before these forthcoming tariff-free zones start to garner everyone’s attention, perhaps a refocusing of the critical and traditional market to the south might be in order — the most important buyer of Atlantic Canada seafood, ...
Warming Waters Creating Even Hotter Fishing?
While fledgling U.S. President Donald Trump may scoff at the idea of global warming, those involved in the Atlantic Canadian fishery might be of another opinion.
There is absolutely no doubt that fisheries in this region have been changing over the last decade, with most folks pointing the finger at warming water temperatures.
A recent study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has suggested future warming of ocean waters off the eastern seaboard may be greater ...
Time for the Next Generation
If you desire to gauge the status, health or viability of a particular fishery, just walk out onto a local wharf.
If you really want to see what makes a fishery tick, you don’t need to pore over reams of data, examine websites or read the countless commissioned reports that have written about the Atlantic Canadian fishery over the years — all you have to do is talk to the core of steadfast individuals who have dedicated their lives to taking fish from the sea.
There has been much ...
2016: Predicting the Unpredictable
Many industry prognosticators have claimed the Atlantic Canadian fishery each year has become rather predictable.
It has been said that, depending on the particular month of the year, predicting a particular issue or crisis in the fishery has become almost like clockwork — and in the past, there might have been some truth in that conjecture.
But that theory did not exactly hold water in 2016. The last 12 months were filled with enough twists, turns and surprises to keep many a wannabe ...
The CETA Soap Opera
What does the Atlantic Canadian fishing industry have in common with the Big Bang theory — the scientific conjecture not the television show?
Give up? The answer is Wallonia — yes, that landlocked 16,844-square kilometre patch of land in southern Belgium that up until recently, few on this side of the Atlantic had even heard of.
Georges Lemaître of the Université Catholique de Louvain, who is credited with proposing the Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe in 1927, appare...
Smile, You Are on Camera
Fisheries science has always been a contentious issue in Atlantic Canada.
For years, decades even, the findings and observations of fishermen regarding the state of fish stocks have often conflicted with the data produced by scientific surveys.
Fishermen would report decreases in certain stock numbers, while surveys would report the health of the species was fine and vice versa.
Everyone knows that scientific data on Atlantic fish stocks is far from a perfect science. It is hard to ...