Opinion 139 results

Seeking Information on P.E.I. Trawler Fishery

I am collecting historical information on the offshore trawler fishery in Prince Edward Island from 1950 until 1993. The fishery operated out of Souris and Georgetown, P.E.I. From 1969 to approximately 1984, H.B Nickerson/National Sea operated 10–11 steel, stern trawlers and a processing plant in Georgetown, all acquired from the P.E.I. Government in 1969. I would like to communicate with anyone familiar with the vessels and/or the operation of that plant. Also, from the mid-1980s ...

Wild-Caught Fish Has Low Carbon Footprint

Some weeks ago on The Broadcast, former Newfoundland and Labrador Fisheries Minister Gerry Byrne pointed out that wild-caught fish has one of the lowest carbon footprints of all human food sources. That fact is extremely important for our fisheries as we face ever-deepening problems of climate change and global food supply. Wild fish has an impressively low carbon footprint — estimated at around 3kg CO2 equivalents per kg of product. That is less than rice, olive oil, poultry or farmed ...

Mackerel Moratorium a Major Mistake

I’ve been a professional fish harvester for more than 30 years. Three generations of my family have made their livelihoods from fishing. I lived and worked through the cod moratorium and I’ve watched our inshore fishery evolve in ways we never thought possible. But what I am witnessing these last few years has truly made me question whether an inshore fishery will be around one hundred years from now, as our federal government continues to fail us in catastrophic ways. The failures, ...

DFO Must Revisit Mackerel and Herring Fishing Closures

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard on April 8, 2022.   The Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA) represent 1,275 independent core fish harvesters on P.E.I.; all of whom are impacted by the announcement of the mackerel and spring herring closures. Deck hands, harbour workers, local businesses and rural fishing communities are also affected by this harsh decision. PEIFA would ...

Why Isn’t DFO Managing the Deplorable State of the St. Pierre Bank Fishery?

Recently, there was a Zoom meeting between representatives of the FFAW, the offshore operators and others with respect to the deplorable state of the St. Pierre Bank fishery (3PS). That cod resource, which had a quota of 70,100 metric tonnes (MTs) when Canada extended fisheries jurisdiction to 200 miles in 1978, is now at 1,300 tonnes. Several fishing operators from the mainland, trawlers from Newfoundland and Labrador and many inshore operators have been fishing there since 1978. The ...

Calling On DFO Minister to Clarify Comments

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard on Feb. 22, 2022.   Dear Minister Murray: As the Shadow Minister for Fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador, I write on behalf of the PC Official Opposition Caucus to express our deep concern over remarks you reportedly made during your recent speech at the recent annual meeting of the Canadian Independent Fish Harvesters Federation. The president of the ...

DFO Should Not Appeal Category B Licence Court Ruling

About 50 years ago, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) introduced the Moonlighter Policy to remove people from the fishery as a conservation method. The policy targeted fishermen who held other jobs or professions. It was deemed by government that fishing was not their primary source of income and they were left with a choice: leave your job and maintain your Category A licence or keep your job and be reduced to a Category B licence. Ultimately, for many this was not a choice at ...

Scientific Processes and Excellence in the Newfoundland and Labrador Region Being Undermined

A Perspective from the Professional Institute of Public Service Canada’s Members From the Newfoundland and Labrador Region   Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Timothy Sargent, Deputy Minister, Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Ottawa by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada.   The provision of unbiased scientific advice is a cornerstone of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO); the Department has used science advice for decades and it is the ...

Hello from the Other Side

On the far east of our country lies one of Canada’s most unforgettable provinces, Newfoundland and Labrador. And yet, to our very own federal government in Ottawa, we are easily forgotten, especially when it comes to our fishery resource. Our nation only joined Confederation in 1949. What most Canadians do not realize is that we brought into Canada one of the world’s richest fish resources — so much so, that Canada was propelled from 14th to 6th place as a fishing producing nation...

Significant Gaps Remain in Canada’s Fisheries Management Regime

The Navigator managing editor’s overview of the Oceana Fishery Audit in the January issue was welcome and invites comment. I agree with the Audit’s assessment that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) management of our fisheries leaves much to be desired and I support Oceana’s goal of improving it. However, I would challenge certain basic elements of its approach that reflect the same mistaken assumptions that DFO’s management itself is shaped by. First, “rebuilding...