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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 ...

Will 2017 Produce Another Game Changer?

Most people in Atlantic Canada will not have to read this editorial to realize that this month marks the 25th anniversary of the infamous cod moratorium. On July 2, 1992, John Crosbie put, what many thought, would be the final nail in the coffin of what was once the largest cod fishery in the world. The feeling at the time was the fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador, as it was known at the time, was over. But despite the initial shock and despair at the time, the fishery was forced to look ...

Bucking the Temperature Trend

The majority of people associated with the fishing industry will agree that climate change and ocean warming is real — oceanagraphic data from the around the world backs up the premise. Scientists from around the globe have been studying the warming phenomena for some time and have been trying to predict its impact on the many species of fish off our shores. And while those in the scientific community — even the newly muzzled ones in the United States — are primarily in agreement that ...

Man Overboard: 55 Deaths in 15 years

Just the other day, the winds were gusting in excess of 120 kilometres/hour — but people in this region did not seem to even notice — just going about their daily business like nothing was happening. Atlantic Canadians, if nothing else, are never phased by a “little wind.” It is just another example of the often harsh realities of living in this neck of the woods. And no other industry is forced to deal with these climatological extremes more than the fishery. Everyone involved ...

U.S. Tightens Up Seafood Import Regulations

With the the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) recently passing the latest bureaucratic hurdle, more in the Atlantic Canadian fishing industry are turning their attention to the potential, new markets across the Atlantic. But before these forthcoming tariff-free zones start to garner everyone’s attention, perhaps a refocusing of the critical and traditional market to the south might be in order — the most important buyer of Atlantic Canada seafood, ...

Warming Waters Creating Even Hotter Fishing?

While fledgling U.S. President Donald Trump may scoff at the idea of global warming, those involved in the Atlantic Canadian fishery might be of another opinion. There is absolutely no doubt that fisheries in this region have been changing over the last decade, with most folks pointing the finger at warming water temperatures. A recent study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has suggested future warming of ocean waters off the eastern seaboard may be greater ...

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 ...