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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 ...

Looking to the Past for the Future

William Wordsworth once said “Life is divided into three terms — that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present and from the present, to live better in the future.” There is a reasonably good chance the iconic English poet was not referring to codfish when he penned these words two centuries ago, but there could be some good advice buried in that immortal poem for commercial harvesters involved in today’s revitalized groundfish ...

Action on Illegal Fishing

While much of the fishing industry in this region has been fixated on LIFO and CETA as of late, on June 5 of this year, the PSMA was made legally binding around the world, with little mention or fanfare in this neck of the woods. While everyone is familiar with the acronyms LIFO (Last In-First Out) and CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union), the PSMA (Port State Measures Agreement) is probably not on the tip of everyone’s tongue. So what ...

Is Science Finally Back on DFO’s Menu?

“Do you want to make a contribution to the stewardship of Canada’s three oceans and its aquatic resources?” While it might not be the most passionate and enthralling call to arms ever uttered around the globe, the majority of stakeholders in Canada’s fishing industry are in agreement that it is about time such a question has been posed to our budding scientific minds. The aforementioned question is the opening line in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) new recruitment ...

Canada’s Fishery on the World Stage

If everything goes to plan and the stars align, those close to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union say the multi-billion dollar deal could come into being in early 2017. This historic agreement has enormous potential for the Canadian fishing industry, as more than 98 per cent of the tariffs on seafood exported to the EU will be dropped immediately. Local seafood processors will have nearly unfettered access to the biggest economy in ...

Canada Needs to Implement, Not Invent Fisheries Policy

Birthday wishes are in order. The Magnuson-Stevens Act celebrated its 40th year of existence last month. The what Act you might be asking? Enacted on April 13, 1976, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act is the primary law governing fishing in the United States, setting up a system that brought together fishermen, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), coastal states and other stakeholders in working together on America’s fisheries. It ...

Taking Safety to the Next Level

The mainstream media is filled with what seems like a tragic event almost every day. The 24-hour news cycle is always reporting on a catastrophic bombing, flooding or plane crash in some far-flung corner of the globe. It is so commonplace today, that the average, viewer, listener or reader has almost become numb to it. But once in a while, a tragedy occurs a little too close to home, causing one to stop, take notice and even reflect on their own well being. Unfortunately, the fishery ...