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Averting Future Species Collapses

In this 24-hour news cycle, social media-obsessed world, all industries have their buzzwords. A quick look at Twitter will instantly tell you what words are trending at that very moment in time. Buzzwords surrounding today’s modern fishery now include such terms as sustainability, ecofriendly, ecolabelling, chain of custody and traceability, to name a few. However, if you venture back in time a few decades, prior to the onslaught of Facebook and YouTube, one will discover that the ...

Dialogue, Cooperation and Trust

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth. As the Babe so succinctly pointed out, there can be little or no success without cooperation. This not-so-startling revelation can of course be applied to any industry, including the fishery. Another pearl of wisdom on cooperation comes from a man many might consider the Babe Ruth ...

Русские идут (The Russians Are Coming)

“The Russians are coming” is a phrase attributed to United States Secretary of Defense James Forrestal in 1949, at the beginning of the Cold War. It is highly doubtful Forrestal was referring to modern-day Russian seafood when he allegedly uttered those famous words. He probably had something else on his mind. And speaking of global politics, some might argue now that Russia should no longer politically be considered a world superpower in this day and age. As politicos and academics ...

The Saga of Recommendation M16-05

On September 5, 2015, the fishing vessel Caledonian capsized 20 nautical miles west of Nootka Sound, British Columbia. At the time, the vessel was trawling for hake with four crew members onboard. Following the capsizing, the master and mate climbed onto the overturned hull and remained there for several hours. When the vessel eventually sank, the master and mate abandoned it and the mate swam toward and boarded the life raft. The Canadian Coast Guard subsequently rescued the mate and ...

Will Coalition’s Funding Plea be Answered?

Everyone involved in some capacity with the Atlantic Canada fishery knows that the industry has ebbs and flows each year. As a particular fishing season looms on the horizon, chatter, speculation and arguments always seem to surface, almost like clockwork. Just look at what recently happened with snow crab in Newfoundland. And the Northern shrimp fishery has certainly not been immune to these disputes in the past. But this year, things have been strangely quiet in the lead up to the 2020 ...

Welcome to the New Normal

“People often ask when the world will return to its normal days. Don’t wait for normal days. Assume that abnormal days are normal days. Today’s abnormal normal is now our new normal.” Mehmet Murat Ildan (Turkish playwright and author)   Last month’s Navigator Magazine was the always-popular, annual safety issue. It always highlights and puts the importance of safety in the fishery out front, where it should always be. As every harvester knows, fishing is a dangerous ...

Industry Uncertainty Cannot Overshadow Safety

Like most industries around the globe, COVID-19 has many seafood harvesting and processing businesses reeling right now. At this time of the year, Southwest Nova lobster fishermen are normally putting a big push on to finish their season strong, while in other parts of Atlantic Canada, the snow crab fishery is about to ramp up into high gear, not to mention other Maritime lobster seasons. Economically speaking, spring is the critical season for many fishing enterprises. However, the ...

Does the Science Branch Need to be DFO’s Lightning Rod?

What does the international game of cricket have in common with fisheries science today? Stumped on this one? Well, let’s have an Indian cricket player sum it up for you: “Wicket keeping is a lot like umpiring, as it’s a thankless job. People only remember you for your mistakes. You try and do your best every day, but you won’t be at your best every single day.” Many scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are probably nodding in approval as they perused ...

The Continuing Enigma That is Cod

A needle in a haystack. A snowball in a blizzard. A black cat in a coal mine. You get the idea. Why is cod the Houdini of the fishing industry? As you all know by now, counting cod is as predictable as the weather of late. Fishermen report an abundance of cod in some areas, while scientists say they can’t find them. Harvesters say cod is showing up on their sounders as thick, solid bands, while scientific tow surveys are reporting that the groundfish is no longer found in ...

Is Federal MPA Plan Too Aggressive and Short-Sighted?

With 2019 now in the rear-view mirror, fishing industry stakeholders are looking ahead to the next decade and are anxiously awaiting new federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan to start work on her new portfolio. As you will see on page 22 of this month’s Navigator, the Nova Scotia Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret’s recently received her marching orders from her boss, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. There is nothing earth-shattering in her mandate letter — ...