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Important Lessons From the Past

As you may or may not be aware, the United Nations has named 2022 as the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022). IYAFA 2022 is aimed at highlighting how small-scale artisanal fishers, fish farmers and fish workers contribute to human well-being, healthy agri-food systems and poverty eradication through the responsible and sustainable use of fisheries and aquaculture resources. A recent Food and Agriculture Organization WorldFish study indicated that the ...

Public Opinion Versus Public Policy

While some of you readers sitting at home might look back at 2021 as a smouldering carry over of the dumpster fire of a year that was 2020, the same can’t be said about the fishery on the east coast. In fact, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many fishermen are reporting that they just had one of their most successful seasons ever. Record or near-record prices for key species such as snow crab and lobster had a lot to do with that, not to mention steady and consistent catch rates. ...

Another West Coast Fisheries Minister

Has the Atlantic Canadian fishing industry been given a proverbial lump of coal in its Christmas stocking or a surprise gift in disguise? In announcing his new cabinet picks, in many cases, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had both the media and public guessing right until his chosen few meandered their way across the hallowed grounds of Rideau Hall on October 26. And one of these big question marks for the readers of this magazine was who would get the federal fisheries portfolio — easily ...

To Cull or Not to Cull

The 17th century English author and philosopher William Penn once said, “in all debates, let truth be thy aim, not victory, or an unjust interest.” It is safe to say that when Penn penned these words more than three centuries ago, he had no idea how applicable they would be in describing the decades-old Canadian seal population debate. Are the millions of hungry harp and grey seals frolicking in the waves of our shores having a negative impact on fish stocks — notably cod? That is ...

Still More Questions Than Answers

Are you one of those people that, probably out of pandemic-related boredom, has typed your name into the Google search engine just to see what pops up? Have you ever found anything interesting? Any nomenclature doppelgangers out there with your name walking around doing interesting or absolutely bizarre things? Now, what happens if you enter the words cod collapse into the world’s most used search engine? The top entry that emerges is a Wikipedia post entitled “Collapse of the ...

Christmas in July

Once upon a time, not too long ago, there was a sure, telltale sign a provincial election was looming in Newfoundland and Labrador. One would always know, particularly in rural areas of the province, that the dropping of the writ was eminent when shiny new firetrucks would start rolling into firehall parking lots everywhere. For some reason, the governing party of the time always seemed to think that the best way to secure votes in the bays and coves around the province would be to hand over ...

The Growing Potential of Seaweed

With the passing of the Cannabis Act (C-45) in June, 2018 paving the way to the legalization of marijuana-related products in Canada on October 17, 2018, weed has become big business. It was estimated that last year, the total cannabis market in Canada, including medical and recreational products, was expected to generate up to $7 billion in sales in 2020 with $2 to $4 billion coming from the legal recreational market. Those are some sizeable weed-related dollars. But is there a more ...

A Greene Perspective on the Fishery

For every issue and problem that surfaces in the Atlantic Canadian fishery, there are an exponential number of possible solutions offered up — many of which never see the light of day. There is a litany of reasons why ideas aimed at “fixing” many of the systemic problems in today’s fishery never amount to more than lip service — including a lack of trust and cooperation. So, it will be interesting to see what happens to a few high-profile observations and nuggets of wisdom that ...

Where Does the Fishery Fit into the Blue Economy?

As the majority of the country grapples with the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ‘business’ of government continues, albeit in a primarily small screen, virtual form. While the federal government’s priority understandably continues to be virus containment and vaccine rollout, other policy platforms are being unveiled, largely without the media attention and spotlight they would receive in a normal news cycle. One such platform that emerged earlier this year was the Govern...

Safety in the Fishery Must be Unwavering

Our collective thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones as we remember: Edward Norman, age 67 Scott Norman, age 35 Jody Norman, age 42 Isaac Kettle, age 33 Aaron Cogswell, age 29 Leonard Gabriel, age 55 Daniel Forbes, age 37 Michael Drake, age 48 Eugene Francis, age 48 Charles Roberts, age 58 This list of Atlantic Canadian fish harvesters, lost in 2020 when their fishing vessels sank, is a stark and painful reminder of the risks that fishermen ...