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What is the Definition of an Inshore Fish Harvester?

I write this letter to inform your readers why it’s important to define an inshore fish harvester for purposes of a vote by the Labour Relations Board to ultimately decide which union should represent them. Here are three, real-life examples: Two men who hold commercial fishing licenses are on the provincial government’s “sunshine list” as having made more than $100,000 in base salary/overtime in 2016 (one alone made more than $130,000), should they also be eligible to vote? ...

Fact Checking Georges Bank Haddock

I noticed a letter from the FFAW in the June edition of The Navigator that used 5Z (Eastern Georges Bank) haddock as an example in an unrelated point. The statement read “The last haddock assessment reported a spawning stock biomass (ssb) of 33,700 tonnes” and later that “they land nearly 15,000 tonnes.” While stock assessments are publicly available online, I wanted to ensure Navigator readers are aware that the 2017 stock assessment showed the stock was extremely healthy with ...

The More Things Change, the More They Remain the Same

The announcement recently that the Grand Bank surf clam fishery is going to be downgraded because the federal Minister of Fisheries Dominic LeBlanc decided to take quota away from Newfoundland and Labrador and give to the Indigenous people of other provinces should not be a surprise. Remember Gail Shea? They all do it. It makes for great politics and there is nothing we can do about it. We found out approximately 27 years ago what Minister Gerry Byrne announced a few weeks ago. Remem...

GEAC Attempting to Discredit N.L. Inshore Sector

I feel compelled to respond to the letter submitted to the May issue of The Navigator by Kris Vascotto of the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC). Many of the issues raised by Vascotto require correction or at a minimum, clarification. In many cases, Vascotto cherry picked information and made an attempt to discredit the inshore sector of the fishing industry in this province. The Newfoundland and Labrador Groundfish Industry Development Council (GIDC) is a recently-establi...

FFAW President Refutes Content of GEAC’s Northern Cod-Related Letter

I am writing in response to Kris Vascotto’s letter entitled, Northern Cod: Focusing on Facts and Science to Protect the Future, that appeared in the May issue of The Navigator. The title chosen contains a fair amount of irony, as the letter itself relied on nothing more than falsehoods and finger pointing in an attempt to further the divisive messaging driven by the organization Mr. Vascotto represents, the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC). First, let’s be clear on who ...

Those Criticizing Arctic Clam Award are Ignoring History of the Fishery

I feel compelled to write to you to provide some clarification on a number of items related to the Arctic surf clam fishery that I feel are not being presented in recent news articles. These show, in my opinion, that the Minister of Fisheries, Dominic LeBlanc, made an informed and correct decision and that some of the claims being made about the negative impacts of this decision are being overstated in an effort to undermine the minister’s decision. What is not being reported is the ...

Northern Cod: Focusing on Facts and Science to Protect the Future

In March, word of a single-year 30 per cent decline in Northern cod attracted the attention of media, scientists and environmental groups from around the globe. The world was clearly watching Canada’s management of this stock. It was quite telling to see how various stakeholders responded. From a scientific perspective, I was disappointed but not surprised with the dramatic decline. Since 2015, our organization, the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC), has repeatedly ...

Open Pen Aquaculture: Newfoundland’s Shell Game

Open pen aquaculture has been practiced for many years worldwide and much has been learned about it in that time. On the positive side, it can bring economic and social benefits to areas that would not otherwise see them, but over those years, it has revealed a much darker side. If you read or watch the news you know of the many problems associated with open pen aquaculture; disease, escapement, product quality, chemical use, etc… unfortunately it appears that many of our politicians ...

Fisheries Advisory Council Supports Minister’s Position on Adjacency and Calls for Inclusion in the Fisheries Act

The following letter was addressed to Gerry Byrne, N.L. Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources, on Feb. 23, 2018.   Your Fisheries Advisory Council has reviewed the issues associated with the current review of the Federal Fisheries Act. The federal government is considering a number of additions as part of the proposed amendments to the Fisheries Act. One of the considerations is to advance and improve fisheries management through the incorporation of modern resource management ...

Stop Digging a Graveyard for Our Fisheries

Our fishing industry in Newfoundland and Labrador is in shambles and yet politicians and decision makers are blind to the fish bones piling up in the graveyard and with it, our prime industry, economy and our communities. Either that, or they simply do not care or have a handle on this industry they are responsible for managing and growing. Are they aware or concerned about the rapid expansion of the foreign factory trawlers (FFTs) operating off our coasts? All the while, our groundf...