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Immediate Action Needed to Save Whales

We are devastated at the loss of now six right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It was one, then two, then four, five and now six. It has left our team and our allies sickened and heartbroken. It has left us angry and wanting to take emergency action. Of the six precious whales now confirmed dead, I will tell you about two briefly. Whales such as the matriarch Punctuation, who birthed eight calves and was responsible for multiple grandchildren after that and the newly mature male ...

DFO Needs to Change Policy on Medical Substitute Operator for Lobster Fishery

The independence of the inshore lobster fishery is a goal we all support. It helps keep licenses in individual hands through the owner-operator policy and is important to the growth and preservation of our coastal communities. In the last few years, The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has started enforcing a policy which clearly violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, DFO introduced the medical substitute operator policy. This allowed a ...

Canadian Sealing: A Labyrinth of Lies

Bang — one dead seal out of a population of about 7,500,000. For over 50 years, Canadian marine mammal scientists have studied the harp seal herd off the east coast of Canada, so we have a very good understanding of them. From this science, the Government of Canada sets annual quotas that sealers can kill and yet sustain the health of the herd. During this period, we have more than tripled the size of the herd. The seals we hunt are fully weened and independent of their dames. H...

Experimental Redfish Fishery Brings Hope to Gulf of St. Lawrence Harvesters

Along with other species of groundfish, redfish is a species that is making its comeback in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Redfish is a lesser known species, but it meant a lot to our communities in the 80s and 90s for fishermen and plant workers alike. It’s also a promising opportunity for fish harvesters like myself who have been badly impacted by the declines in the Northern shrimp fishery. It was the good signs of recruitment that led me to reach out to the FFAW with an idea to prepare ...

Please Think About Consequences of Northern Pulp’s Proposed Pipe

The following letter was written by nine-year-old Hannah Fleury, to N.S. Environment Minister Margaret Miller in response to the environmental assessment of Northern Pulp’s proposed replacement effluent treatment plant. Dear Environment Minister Margaret Miller, I am writing to you about Northern Pulp’s pipe that they want to build. I am nine years old from Central Caribou, N.S. Please do not dismiss my letter because of my age. I have grown up on the beaches of Caribou and my ...

A Tribute to Donald V. Graham

I always said the measure of a person is the number of people at their funeral service. Donald’s service was in Ferryland on Tuesday, January 15. The day was really bad, gale-force, Northeast winds, drifting snow that turned to freezing rain, then rain. Not fit to put your dog outdoors. Despite the terrible weather, the church was filled, not even standing room, as the old fishermen would say, stogged to the gills. My reason for my being at the funeral was simple, paying tri...

Seals Continue to Destroy Our Fisheries

I would like to add my voice to those that disclaim the recent information provided by DFO’s (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) Dr. G. Stenson (In The cull question: Part I, published in the Jan. 16 edition of The Central Voice). Seals have destroyed our fisheries in Atlantic Canada and particularly that in Newfoundland and Labrador. The poor condition of harp seals in terms of age, previously measured body mass and survivability of pups, is a direct result of the seal population ...

Time for Commercial Cod Fishery to be Opened

The fish in the photo I provided have spawned many times causing millions of eggs to be distributed in the ocean leading to perhaps millions of cod like this in the spawning biomass. So, the question needs to be asked once again, why are we still in a cod moratorium? Here are my thoughts on this question and it comes down to poor science. Codfish are back in historical numbers and beyond. The cod biomass has reached its limited food supply and if the regulators want the cod biomass to ...

Important N.S. License Freeze Issue Overlooked

While 2018 has left us, many significant fisheries announcements took place during the last year. The two I felt got little action from the Nova Scotia fishing industry were the right whale lobster closures and the announcement that the N.S. provincial government would no longer be issuing new seafood buyers/processors licenses — an indefinite freeze on new entrants. My old trusty dictionary states that the meaning of freeze is an act of holding or being held at a fixed level or in a ...

DFO Reverses Surf Clam Award After Refusing to Re-open Flawed Process

The Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has withdrawn an allocation of 25 per cent of the Arctic surf clam quota from the small New Brunswick First Nation that won the award. It has also pledged to work with existing sole license holder, Clearwater Seafoods, to ensure that the unallocated quota can be used to support income and livelihoods of plant and vessel workers this year. This is welcome news to Newfoundland and Labrador. In an unheralded announcement, DFO said “the ...