Repeating Myself 30 Years Later
Looking back, it’s ironic the two big stories in the news the week of January 10, 2020 were the death of the Hon. John Crosbie, who was Fisheries Minister at the time of the moratorium in 1992 and now 28 years later we are told the cod stocks in the Gulf are in danger of extinction.
What have we learned in 28 years?
I think we all know the answer to that one, but for some reason the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the managers of our oceans do not seem to get it.
In the late ...
‘There Are More Guts in a Turnip Than There are in Us’
On July 13, 2020, my neighbour and l went fishing for cod in the recreational food fishery.
We didn’t go fishing very early in my opinion, it was 6:30 a.m. As we cleared the last point and the open ocean came into view, it was like a television show I watched years ago where an Indigenous person named Moses would look over an empty place and call it the big empty. That’s what it looked like this morning.
Imagine a fishing town like Twillingate in the heart of fishing time and only one ...
The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same
In an April 2020 press release, Karen Dwyer, cod research Scientist, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) stated that “survey indices suggest that recently observed stock growth (C2012-2016) may have stalled ecosystems conditions, indicating limited productivity and reduced food availability limiting the growth of cod.”
Dwyer said on CBC’s The Broadcast, that cod have turned to cannibalism (eating their own) because of a lack of food, mainly capelin. When asked by host Jane Adey ...
Death by 1,000 Cuts: The Rise and Fall of Little Bay Islands
The community of Little Bay Islands is situated in the mouth of Little Bay, in the part of Notre Dame Bay known as Green Bay.
Green Bay is named because the hills are green with trees to the water’s edge.
Little Bay Islands is made up of two islands, with a beautiful harbour with two narrow entrances, very sheltered from the winds and seas.
In 1891, the population was 316, by 1935 it had grown to 560 and stayed around that figure until 1960, quite a population for that time. It was ...
Nova Scotia Fish Farms Global Leaders in Sustainability
It is an unfortunate reality that fish farming has been the subject of sustained misinformation campaigns in recent months.
What makes this disturbing is that fish farming supports thousands of essential jobs in rural communities across Atlantic Canada — jobs that have become even more precious during these difficult economic times. For more than 40 years, Nova Scotians have supported marine fish farming and recognized that it can coexist with other fisheries on working waterfronts.
A Call for Patience and Empathy in a Fishery Dealing with COVID-19
This letter is in response to Gabe Gregory’s May 4 letter, Fish union’s delay tactics appalling.
Contrary to Gregory’s assertions, fish-processing companies are not operating during the COVID-19 crisis under some noble sense of duty to the province or nation and they are certainly not sacrificing for the greater good.
Fish processing companies are doing what they’ve always done — trying to maximize profit and impose greater control over the inshore fishery in this province.
Re-Examining DFO Basics
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you'll always get what you’ve always got.”
An old trite saying perhaps, but still profoundly true. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) needs to seriously consider altering two of its long-held beliefs/practices in light of obvious changes in the ecosystem and failed attempts to produce a recovery of our cod stocks.
We do not need to go back and revisit the failures of the past. There are enough current examples of continued ...
A Fisherman’s Daughter’s Perspective
I am a fisherman’s daughter who is very aware of the beauty and the dangers of the ocean.
Fishing isn’t for everyone — it is a physical, dangerous, high risk profession in which generations of fishers have gone out on the water and, all too often, not come home.
The fishery is one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s many highly dependent resource sectors employing thousands of people directly and indirectly. This year, the obstacles facing this sector are beyond what any industry ...
Should There be a Fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador This Year?
The fishery is part of the food chain, the very essence of life.
We have a lot of people in this world who are starving to death and any interruptions in the food chain will only make things worse. Food gets scarce, prices skyrocket and the poor people will be the ones to suffer.
There is a lot of fear in this province and you hear it every day on radio and TV, all in an effort to get people to stay home.
Approximately 90 per cent of food in Newfoundland and Labrador comes from outside ...
Supporting the Essential Service Employees Who are Supporting the World
Above: Lonnie Snow photo
With the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire world has entered an unprecedented situation.
It is difficult to recall a time in living memory where so much of the world has been at a standstill and yet some industries — and some people — find themselves busier than ever, shouldering the weight of our emergency response as they keep essential services functioning.
The Canadian fish and seafood sector is one of these essential services.
Harvesters, processors ...