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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 ...

2016: Predicting the Unpredictable

Many industry prognosticators have claimed the Atlantic Canadian fishery each year has become rather predictable. It has been said that, depending on the particular month of the year, predicting a particular issue or crisis in the fishery has become almost like clockwork — and in the past, there might have been some truth in that conjecture. But that theory did not exactly hold water in 2016. The last 12 months were filled with enough twists, turns and surprises to keep many a wannabe ...

The CETA Soap Opera

What does the Atlantic Canadian fishing industry have in common with the Big Bang theory — the scientific conjecture not the television show? Give up? The answer is Wallonia — yes, that landlocked 16,844-square kilometre patch of land in southern Belgium that up until recently, few on this side of the Atlantic had even heard of. Georges Lemaître of the Université Catholique de Louvain, who is credited with proposing the Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe in 1927, appare...

Smile, You Are on Camera

Fisheries science has always been a contentious issue in Atlantic Canada. For years, decades even, the findings and observations of fishermen regarding the state of fish stocks have often conflicted with the data produced by scientific surveys. Fishermen would report decreases in certain stock numbers, while surveys would report the health of the species was fine and vice versa. Everyone knows that scientific data on Atlantic fish stocks is far from a perfect science. It is hard to ...

Looking to the Past for the Future

William Wordsworth once said “Life is divided into three terms — that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present and from the present, to live better in the future.” There is a reasonably good chance the iconic English poet was not referring to codfish when he penned these words two centuries ago, but there could be some good advice buried in that immortal poem for commercial harvesters involved in today’s revitalized groundfish ...

Action on Illegal Fishing

While much of the fishing industry in this region has been fixated on LIFO and CETA as of late, on June 5 of this year, the PSMA was made legally binding around the world, with little mention or fanfare in this neck of the woods. While everyone is familiar with the acronyms LIFO (Last In-First Out) and CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union), the PSMA (Port State Measures Agreement) is probably not on the tip of everyone’s tongue. So what ...