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What Happened to our Wild Atlantic Salmon?

Wild Atlantic salmon have been in the news lately and rightly so. As a boy going to school in Lushes Bight, Notre Dame Bay, I fished salmon by net which I had to knit after doing my homework (couldn’t buy the nets). My first salmon I sold was 15 cents per pound around to the houses in my community. After I finished school in 1955, I moved to Deer Lake where I resided for 23 years. My next-door neighbour talked me into salmon fishing by rod (wasn’t too sure). Anyway, I gave it a try ...

A History of the Gulf Redfish Fishery

“The rebound of redfish stocks is a true success story and shows how conservation efforts are critical to maintaining fisheries,” quoted former federal Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray. When Newfoundland and Labrador entered Confederation in 1949, it enabled Canada to declare the Gulf of St. Lawrence as inland waters because it was now enclosed on all sides by Canadian territory. Until then, it was open to foreign fishing nations. In relation to redfish, the Province of Newfoundland ...

ENGOs Don’t Deserve Stakeholder Status at Fisheries Management Tables

The primary objective of environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) is protect fish stocks — but that actually translates to them advocating for the end of fishing, or recommending total allowable catch (TAC) levels so low that fish harvesters and communities cannot survive and thrive. When these organizations take the stance that all commercial fishing should be at the lowest possible level and in many recent examples, entirely closed, should they be permitted a seat at the ...

Should Newfoundlanders and Labradorians be Allowed to Catch a Cod to Put on the Table?

I just celebrated my 88th birthday and remember growing up in the fishing community of Lushes Bight. I went fishing and sealing with my grandfather when I got old enough to handle a set of paddles. He taught me how to fish. We could fish anything in the ocean without any restrictions or a licence for 500 years. We did no damage to the ocean, then we entered Confederation and Canada took control of the largest fisheries in the world off our coast and manage it they did. We saw what ...

Wonders of the Deep Ocean are Worth Saving

This letter is in response to an article in the August 2023, Navigator Magazine by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) entitled Labrador Discovery, Scientists Find Something Unexpected in the Labrador Sea. A recent discovery has shown why DFO scientists have discovered a hotspot of corals and sponges near Makkovik, Labrador. The research for this coral and sponge hotspot started two years ago when Joey Angnatok, a Nunatsiavut fish harvester, thought he had discovered a seamount while ...

Electronic Tracking Systems Versus Ropeless Gear

Earlier this year, I appeared before the House Committee on Fisheries and Oceans personally in Ottawa and made a presentation on the negative impacts that ropeless fishing gear and reduced breaking strength buoy lines would have on our industry and resource. I covered all aspects as I’ve been in this industry 51 years and have been on many committees and chaired several meaningful organizations during my career. The North Atlantic right whale, like other whales, are breathing animals ...

Floundering Like a Ship With No Rudder

When going through my files recently, I came across a letter from former Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Brian Peckford, dated Dec. 21, 1979, entitled Northern Cod Stocks. One thing in that letter that really sticks out is the statement “the government of Canada is in the process of establishing the shape of things to come.” What I can say 43 years later is things have only gotten worse with no inquiry into what happened and no plan is in place to try and restore the great cod ...

Remembering My Friend Cabot Martin

On June 21, 2023, a service was held for Cabot Martin at the St. George’s Anglican church in Petty Harbour. Cabot’s roots were in Port aux Basques, but he spent most of his life in St. John’s. However, he never forgot the rural parts of this province and spent a lot of his time and money working for our rural communities and for the ocean that was the life blood and our reason for being here. One of his projects was cod farming, where fisher people would catch small cod and put them ...

The N.L. Fish Pricing System is Broken

Not only did the FFAW-Unifor come out on the losing end of the snow crab tie-up, the union has nothing to save face. The local labour movement would be ashamed, if its back wasn’t already turned on the fishery. Premier Andrew Furey shared a picture on his Twitter account on May 19th to mark the agreement to start the 2023 snow crab fishery at $2.20/pound — the same price set by the price-setting panel on April 6th — 43 days earlier. I’m not sure which was more shocking: the ...

From Fisheries Mismanagement to Oceans Management

Imagine if the future of the planet was being decided by a small group of bureaucrats and mining bosses in closed meetings in far-flung parts of the world. Rather than looking at the overall impacts, these meetings only looked at things from one perspective — making sure that the mining companies could increase their takings — and ignoring other consequences, be they environmental, social or economic. If that were the case, wouldn’t you think there would be an outcry, massive ...