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Collective Bargaining Report a Small Step Forward

Aristotle once wrote, “How many a dispute could have been deflated into a single paragraph if the disputants had dared to define their terms.” After an embattled 2022 fishing season, with accusations flying like ocean spray in the wind, the Newfoundland and Labrador government did make an attempt to define the possible causes of this year’s harvester/processor disputes in the fishery. On July 21, N.L. Labour Minister Bernard Davis announced an independent review of the collective ...

Whale Worries: Could AIS Tags be the Answer?

If there was ever any debate before, the question is now unequivocally answered, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is officially off Atlantic Canada’s Christmas card list. As if the lobster and snow crab industries in this region were not already having a challenging enough season, in early September, the California-based Monterey Bay Aquarium really stepped up to add insult to injury. As part of its Seafood Watch Program, the organization arbitrarily added American lobster and Canadian snow ...

What’s the Problem with Pelagics?

What is going on with the once plentiful and lucrative pelagics fisheries in Atlantic Canada? Fishermen is this region of the Northwest Atlantic have been harvesting herring, mackerel, capelin and squid, for both food and all-important bait, for centuries. In fact, the multi-billion-dollar lobster and snow crab fisheries would never have developed into the monster industries they are today without the use of lowly pelagics as bait. Even today, as many companies are foraging and research...

The By-Products of Warming Waters

“I’m glad it’s finally hot enough to complain about how hot it is.” Atlantic Canadians love and hate their weather. For generations, due to our specific geography, the weather has always been the number one topic of conversation. Lately, nearly all conversations have centred on the oppressive heat. Almost every region of Atlantic Canada, from Comfort Cove to Canso to Crapaud to Caraquet, have reported record high temperatures this summer. “Hotter than a two-dollar pistol,” ...

Forward Thinking Versus Dwelling on the Past

The infamous anniversary date of July 2 has now come and gone. As all Navigator readers are more than aware, that date this year marked the 30th anniversary of then federal Fisheries Minister John Crosbie announcing the closure of the 500-year-old Northern cod fishery. The anniversary of any historical event is always a time for reflection and looking back on what exactly happened — oftentimes made up of a combination of both facts, fallacies and fantasy. The funny thing about ...

Has Politics Overshadowed Autonomy?

Scottish academic and philosopher Gordon Graham once said, “decision is a sharp knife that cuts clean and straight; indecision, a dull one that hacks and tears and leaves ragged edges behind it.” Right now, it is a little too early to analyze the outcome of the recent decision to award more snow crab processing licences in Newfoundland and Labrador, but there appears to be quite a bit of collateral damage surrounding this controversial call. On May 24, N.L. Fisheries Minister Derrick ...

What Has Been Learned From Perils Past?

There must have been an underlying air of irony as groundfish industry stakeholders met in Barcelona, Spain on April 26 to discuss the ongoing Northern cod fishery improvement project (FIP). Stakeholders included Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), Marks & Spencer and Youngs Seafoods from the United Kingdom, Sysco France, High Liner Foods from Canada/United States and producer organizations in Canada, including Ocean Choice International, Icewater Seafoods, the Association of ...

Fishing Safety Knows No Boundaries or Borders

“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore” — Vincent Van Gogh. Through many of his masterpieces, Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh had a genuine appreciation and empathy for the dangers faced by fishermen every time they set out on the water. Skip ahead more than a century to present day and commercial fishing is still a dangerous professional and tragically still ...

Atlantic Canada’s Seafood Pivot

“Growth is never by mere chance, it is the result of forces working together” — James Cash Penney, founder, JC Penney. The American businessman and department store entrepreneur might have been referring to the retail sector when he uttered those words decades ago, but one could argue that the same adage could be applied to the current Atlantic Canadian fishery. The last few years have proven very lucrative for both seafood harvesters and processors in our region. One only has to ...

Breaking Down the Priorities

On December 16 of last year, Joyce Murray received the long-awaited marching orders from her boss. Yes, on that day the fledgling Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard received her ministerial mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. While some onlookers might argue that a mandate letter is only a 30,000-foot snapshot of ministerial responsibilities and expectations, it actually sets the parameters and priorities the particular federal department will be ...