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Growing Optimism in Newfoundland and Labrador

Former Premier Brian Peckford once made the statement “Someday the sun will shine.” The sun is starting to shine on Newfoundland and Labrador. We have a new Liberal Government in Ottawa and seven members of that government are from this province, so we will have a lot of representation on the government side and we are already starting to see some benefits. The sun is starting to shine because of the announcement that we are going to get our Marine Rescue Centre back where it rightly ...

ASF Outlines Concerns Over Proposed Marystown Aquaculture Project

The following letter was sent to the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation. After thoroughly reviewing the proposal by Grieg Nurseries NL Ltd (Registration Document #1814) to establish a new hatchery facility in the Community of Marystown on the South Coast of N.L., the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) wishes to go on record as being opposed to this project for two reasons: this project is part of a larger undertaking that will include activities known to ...

New Liberal Government Outlines Fisheries Priorities

The following is the departmental mandate letter sent to Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. I am honoured that you have agreed to serve Canadians as Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. We have promised Canadians a government that will bring real change — in both what we do and how we do it. Canadians sent a clear message in this election, and our platform offered a new, ambitious plan for a ...

Cod Stock Report Not Telling Full Biomass Tale

The graph shown here indicates the level of the cod spawning biomass at 1,600,000 metric tonnes in 1962. Official proceedings of the International Commission for the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries (ICNAF) annual meeting in the mid-1950s showed the scientific council of ICNAF recorded the estimated biomass to be 2,000,000 metric tonnes. I bring this to your attention in the wake of the recent report of the one-month long survey trip of the Irish research vessel chartered by the present ...

All Parts of the Cod Have Market Potential

I have read with great interest the series of articles prepared by Mr. Bob Verge, managing director of the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation about the cod fisheries recovery. I have found that he has painted an instructive portrait of the past of this fishery, of the current situation and of the conclusions to be drawn of mistakes from the past. I have appreciated his sense of synthesis and his description of the new opportunities. I would like here to add to his reflection the ...

Did you Fish Redfish in the 1980s or Before?

I am a research scientist at DFO in Mont-Joli, Quebec working on redfish assessment primarily for the Unit 1 + 2 stock (Gulf of St Lawrence and Laurentian Channel). I am interested in speaking with anyone who fished redfish (skippers and crew) in the 1980s and before on their experiences and impressions of the stocks and the catch back then. Some questions I have, when looking at data and model results, concern catches and reporting. I would be interested in hearing about catch and ...

Better Management Only Hope For Future Fisheries

I recently listened to Fred Woodman, Jr., owner of an inshore fish plant in New Harbour, being interviewed on The Fisheries Broadcast, talking about cod before the moratorium and cod now and what to do with it. While I didn’t know Fred Woodman, Jr., I certainly knew his father, Fred Woodman, Sr., who was owner of an inshore fish plant and was a member of the Newfoundland Inshore Fisheries Association, a group of concerned citizens who were trying to wake up the politicians as to what was ...

Real Leadership Needed For N.L. Fisheries Renewal

I was present on three occasions a few years ago when Prime Minister Harper was electioneering and making many commitments regarding our fisheries. His future Minister of Fisheries, Loyola Hearn, was present. With respect to his commitment regarding extension of jurisdiction, he not only completely reneged but he systematically reduced funding to the N.L. DFO region to such an extent the region’s fishery science capability, an absolute necessity in fishery management, has been reduced to ...

Industry Organizations Rally Against Gulf of St. Lawrence Petroleum Development

This letter was addressed to the following federal cabinet ministers: Greg Rickford, Minister of Natural Resources Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment As fisheries representatives active in all parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, we are writing to inform you that we will oppose any petroleum development in the Gulf of St. Lawrence without prior consultation and a thorough understanding of the impacts to our seafood industry. Given ...

A Future Commercial Cod Fishery Should Not Take Place During Summer Months

I would like to provide some comments about two well-written and thought-provoking articles that appeared in the August issue of The Navigator Magazine. The articles were entitled Prominent Cod Scientist Labels Stock Recovery as “Remarkable” and Cod — Building the Future. The first article featured Dr. George Rose and was a question and answer between the cod scientist and Navigator Managing Editor Kerry Hann. The second was a column written by Bob Verge, the Managing Director of the ...