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Management Policy Should Never Impact Safety

On June 16, 2015, the small fishing vessel CFV 130214 was reported overdue from a fishing trip in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre-Halifax initiated a search of the area. The next day, search and rescue personnel recovered the three deceased crew members on Bar Haven Island. The vessel was not found and is believed to have sunk. With only a few weeks left in the fishing season and none of his crab quota filled, the master was under increased ...

Will the Fisheries Act Amendments Clear or Muddy the Legal Waters?

“Stephen Harper’s changes to the Fisheries Act and his elimination of the Navigable Waters Protection Act, have weakened environmental protections. We will review these changes, restore lost protections, and incorporate more modern safeguards.” This quote is from the federal Liberals 2015 election campaign mandate. On February 6 of this year, the now governing Liberals attempted to live up to a portion of that campaign promise with announced amendments to the Fisheries Act. Fisher...

CPTPP: New Trade Deal Should Expand Seafood Markets

For the Atlantic Canadian fishery, at least on the international export front, one might argue that the future is taking one good turn after another. It was only back on September 21 of last year that the much-awaited Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) provisionally came into effect — meaning after years and years of negotiations, trade barriers are now reduced for virtually every sector and Canadian companies will have access to EU’s $22-trillion ...

King of the Crustaceans

Prolific and unprecedented record catches of Homarus Americanus appear to be the norm, for now, in the Maritimes. Everyone is aware of how much the Eastern Canadian lobster industry has grown and prospered in recent years. But it is not until the numbers are broken down, does one actually see how this always lucrative fishery has grown exponentially — especially over the last decade. A myriad of eye-opening, jaw-dropping lobster statistics were recently presented by Fisheries and Oceans ...

2017: Twists, Turns and a Little Turmoil

The year 2017 will soon be added to the annals of history. For the fishery, wouldn’t it be good to look back at the developments of the last 12 months, rub your hands together in a satisfied fashion and state that it was a good year — an unqualified success, so to speak. But as everyone already knows, the fishing industry in Atlantic Canada is unfortunately never that simple to summarize in a few words. It is an extremely challenging and complex business with as many highs and lows as ...

Is the Whole Greater Than the Sum of its Parts?

“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.” U.S. human rights activist Malcolm X was surely not referring to the fishery when he said these famous words, but they certainly could apply to the peaks and valleys of this turbulent industry. Of all the adjectives used to describe the fishing industry over the last 50 years or so, turbulence might be one of the best. ...

The Navigator Magazine: Chronicling Atlantic Canada’s Fishing Industry

As you might have noticed from the cover of this magazine, The Navigator is celebrating 20 years of being the authoritative source of trusted, accurate and reliable information on the fishing and marine industries in Atlantic Canada. Being such an important source of information, not to mention a chronology (See feature on page 54) of the fishing industry, is something The Navigator takes very seriously. Over the last two decades, this magazine has established itself as the go-to read for ...

Positive Outlook on the Horizon

All Atlantic Canadians are familiar with the ages-old, weather proverb in like a lamb, out like a lion. This saying of course, refers to climatic predictions for the month of March. But many are wondering if the same adage might apply to the date of September 21, 2017. That particular day on the calendar marks the much-awaited (that’s probably an understatement) Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) provisionally coming into effect — meaning after ...

Is it OK to Eat the Small Ones?

There is an art to writing a good headline. A properly written magazine, newspaper or web story headline has several purposes: it should convey to the reader an idea of what an article is about, while at the same time being provocative enough to suck the reader in to want to know more to satisfy their curiosity. Of all the publications and websites out there, one probably would not put the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) on the list of compelling headline writers. ...

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 ...