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FISH-NL Calls for Terms of Union to be Reopened

The following letter was sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.   On behalf of the more than 3,000 inshore harvesters who are members of the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL), I’m writing to request that the Government of Canada reopen this province’s Terms of Union with regards to fisheries management. This year represents a number of milestones: the 150th anniversary of Confederation, 68 years since Newfoundland joined Canada and ...

A Call to Combat Seafood Fraud

The following letter was submitted to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.   As chefs, restaurant owners and seafood industry leaders, we are committed to protecting our oceans and ensuring that all seafood sold in Canada is honestly labelled, legally caught and fully traceable from the point of final sale back to the point of harvest. Seafood follows a highly complex path from a fishing vessel to our plate, with a risk of fraud ...

Traffic, Sun Blindness and Now Eclipse Dump 305,000 Farmed Atlantic Salmon

A Cooke Aquaculture open-net pen holding 305,000 farmed salmon recently imploded near Cypress Island, near Seattle, Washington, releasing all these diseased fish into Pacific waters. High tides from the solar eclipse played a role in this catastrophe. Over here on the east coast, a similar disaster will very likely also happen. If tides can cause a metal reinforced open net pen site to collapse, what will the sea ice and icebergs that frequent Placentia Bay do to the even less rigorously ...

Commercial Capelin Fishery Must Stop

On August 5, 2017, Derek Butler, Association of Seafood Producers had a letter published defending the commercial capelin fishery. He said “this year’s capelin fishery is underway and all reports there is abundant capelin being found and capelin landed to date have been smaller, and the current management of the fishery is based on precaution.” Go back in time to 1990, fishermen were saying cod were getting smaller and scarcer and managers were saying the fishery is based on science ...

More Questions Than Answers

The problem with aspects of our fishery has more to do with what we don’t know. What we do know is that both the crab and shrimp populations in some areas are in serious decline and salmon returns this past year on Newfoundland’s east coast were the worst on record. As well, the seal population on Canada’s east coast numbers some eight million in total, no doubt the highest on record and that there are a whole lot of anomalies and changes taking place in the water column. We also ...

Government Document is an Insult to Fishing Industry

I have read many Government of Canada documents. Some of them caused me to roll my eyes, some of them caused chuckles, some were examples of great work and there has been one document that was the most insulting thing I have ever read. That insulting document is the reason I write this letter. The Canadian Government is about to designate a part of the ocean as an MPA (marine protected area). Before they do so, they are asking for input from the general public and the document they are ...

Canadian Scientists Call for Additional MPA Improvements

The following letter was addressed to Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change. We, the undersigned Canadian marine scientists, urge the Government of Canada to increase the level of protection currently provided to Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and the National Marine Conservation Areas (NMCAs) through Environment and Climate Change Canada. We also call for increased transpar...

Fisheries Issues Can be Traced to Three Root Causes

The more people I talk to about the fishery, the more I become convinced that there are three root causes of the reoccurring catastrophes in the fishing industry. Those causes are corporate profits, election votes and union agendas. Combined, they add up to political interference. We have been digging and tunneling for hundreds of years, but we still have more non-renewable resources left under the ground than we have renewable resources left under the water. What does that tell us ...

Crisis in Our Ocean 25 Years After the Moratorium

In 1992, there was a moratorium called on what was one of the greatest cod stocks of the world, the Northern cod of Newfoundland and Labrador — it was supposed to be for a couple of years. Fast forward to 2017, 25 years later, we are facing the same things again. What has happened? After the cod moratorium, many people called for an inquiry as to what happened but alas no government would take it on. For a few years after the moratorium, our coastal communities were kept alive with ...

Why Did Richard Gillett Go on a Hunger Strike?

On April, 13 Richard Gillett went on a hunger strike because he felt that the future of rural Newfoundland and Labrador was facing a bleak future because of the mismanagement of our oceans that had sustained us for 500 years. Over the last 30 years, we have seen just about everything involving our oceans — we went from the moratorium to the present day, but what did we learn? Richard had two requests: One for a review of the science and management of all provincial fish stocks, the ...