Cod: An Eerily Ironic Situation
Overall, 2015, at least for now, is turning out to be a profitable year for the majority of harvesters in Atlantic Canada.
Catch rates for lobster, snow crab and shrimp have been good or even great, some are reporting and more importantly, the prices fishermen have been receiving for their catches have been better than recent years.
But any seasoned fishermen will tell you they take nothing for granted in this line of work and have any number of personal experiences they can list off ...
On The Radar or Set Adrift?
Last November, this magazine speculated on what the forthcoming federal election campaign might mean for the Atlantic Canada fishing industry.
The Navigator put forth several parameters that could be used as a measuring stick for the approach the governing Tories might be taking toward potential voters in this region — particularly those that depend on the fishery for their livelihood.
The first contentious issue involved the changes to temporary foreign workers’ legislation.
Cautious Optimism for Lobster Industry
It might seem like a tale out of time to many, but long gone are the days when the lowly lobster was used as fertilizer on vegetable gardens across Atlantic Canada.
Lobster easily remains Canada’s most valuable seafood export and an iconic Canadian species, despite its scientific name homarus americanus, exported around the world. The lobster industry is a billion-dollar business.
There are 45 lobster fisheries throughout the Atlantic provinces and Quebec, including one for the offshore ...
Cod Management Conundrum
There were very clear lessons to be learned from the Newfoundland and Labrador groundfish moratorium of the early 1990s, as well as the overfishing of cod in the North Sea during the same period.
For Atlantic cod stocks to be sustainable in the future, sensible management and harvesting practices must take place in order to avoid the need for drastic measures, such as the infamous 1992 moratorium. At the time, it seemed Newfoundland and Labrador’s harsh reality would be the only example ...
Safety Must Evolve With the Fishery
The fishery has never been more popular in the mainstream media.
Several television shows, highlighting various segments of the fishing industry, are attracting millions of viewers each week. Network executives and producers have caught on that the fishing industry makes for good reality television — it has everything viewers are looking for; stunning backdrops, interesting and memorable characters, excitement and suspense, sprinkled with a touch of danger.
For the couch-sitting, ...
Should We Heed Iron Erna’s vision?
For more than a decade, Newfoundland and Labrador has been Atlantic Canada’s shining light in terms of economic growth and prosperity.
The provincial coffers have benefited greatly from the millions of dollars pouring in from offshore oil royalties. Times were good as offshore oil production increased on the Grand Banks and the price of crude often topped out in excess of $100/barrel (U.S.). The royalty agreements Newfoundland and Labrador had in place with the big oil producers were ...
Atlantic Canadian Seafood by the Numbers
The seafood caught and produced in Atlantic Canada is worth in excess of $2.2 billion annually and continue to grow.
According to the most recent statistics (2013) from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), the landed value of all seafood produced in the four Atlantic Provinces totals an impressive $2,258,151,000. This number is quite staggering when you think about at. Few industries in this region produce products that contribute this much to the economy and gross domestic ...
Will CETA War Overshadow Shrimp Battle?
Uncertainty remains the catchword for the 2015 Atlantic Canada shrimp fishery.
Many harvesters are waiting, with much trepidation, to see if additional shrimp quota cuts will be coming this year. However, some indicators are pointing to a further tightening of already shrinking quotas. Question to be asked is what will be the extent of those abatements?
Fishermen took a major hit last year when federal quota reductions included a cut of 20 per cent to Shrimp Fishing Area Six, with the ...
The Times They Are a Changin’?
Any number of words can and have been used to describe the fishing industry in Atlantic Canada — including some highly ‘descriptive’ terms that are not exactly suitable for print.
However, one descriptor that seemed to appear on the lips of many when looking back at the year that was is the time-tested, French-borrowed phrase déjà vu.
Deja vu is the phenomenon of having the strong sensation that an event or experience currently being experienced has been experienced in the past ...