What’s the Problem with Pelagics?
What is going on with the once plentiful and lucrative pelagics fisheries in Atlantic Canada?
Fishermen is this region of the Northwest Atlantic have been harvesting herring, mackerel, capelin and squid, for both food and all-important bait, for centuries. In fact, the multi-billion-dollar lobster and snow crab fisheries would never have developed into the monster industries they are today without the use of lowly pelagics as bait.
Even today, as many companies are foraging and research...
The Challenges of Making Ends Meet
The late English comedian Les Dawson once said, “The way prices are rising, the good old days are last week.”
It appears Atlantic Canadians’ fixation of talking about weather fluctuations has been overshadowed of late by tales of price fluctuations — fluctuations unfortunately headed in the wrong direction.
The price of practically everything has gone up and the fishing industry is no exception. Just ask any lobster fishermen in the region.
During the summer of 2020, fishermen ...
Cooke Aquaculture Proceeding with Capital Investment Plans in Atlantic Canada
Cooke Aquaculture is moving ahead with multi-million-dollar capital investment plans in three of the four provinces in Atlantic Canada.
In St. George, N.B., Cooke is doing a major salmon processing plant expansion to increase fresh and frozen value-added product output to serve retail markets, said Claire Ryan, director of public relations for Cooke.
“Cooke is also constructing a large land-based freshwater hatchery at Johnson Lake in Pennfield, N.B., and engineering and permitting is ...
The Twists and Turns of the 2022 Crab Season
The 2022 snow crab season in Atlantic Canada still might go down as the best ever, but it is certainly not playing out quite as predicted.
All winter, rumours of record crab prices of $10/pound plus were circulating far and wide. This, combined with anticipated quota increases, had many predicting the most lucrative crab season in Atlantic Canada — ever.
But like everything in the fishery, things are not exactly going as planned.
Firstly, on the quota front, fishermen did receive the ...
Atlantic Canada’s Seafood Pivot
“Growth is never by mere chance, it is the result of forces working together” — James Cash Penney, founder, JC Penney.
The American businessman and department store entrepreneur might have been referring to the retail sector when he uttered those words decades ago, but one could argue that the same adage could be applied to the current Atlantic Canadian fishery.
The last few years have proven very lucrative for both seafood harvesters and processors in our region. One only has to ...
FFAW Launches Seal Awareness Campaign
The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) recently launched a nationwide campaign to call attention to seal overpopulation in Atlantic Canada and the devastating effects on fish stocks.
The union representing fish harvesters is calling on the federal government to immediately undertake adequate scientific work to understand the true impact seals are having off eastern Canada’s coasts and to ensure appropriate action is taken to repair the ecosystem imbalance.
“The federal ...
East Coast Industry Extends the Olive Branch to New Fisheries Minister
Above photo: Lonnie Snow
The Atlantic Canadian fishing industry, at least initially, has rolled out the welcome mat for the newly-minted federal Fisheries Minister.
Vancouver Quadra MP Joyce Murray was appointed Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard on Oct. 26. First elected in 2008, she has previously served as Minister of Digital Government and as President of the Treasury Board.
“We are looking forward to connecting with the Honorable Joyce ...
Interest in Unit 1 Redfish Experimental Fishery Growing
Biomass at Highest Observed Level Since 1984
A total of 13 projects from Atlantic Canada and Quebec have been approved for the Unit 1 redfish 2021/22 experimental fishery.
Last season (2020/21), only four vessels participated in the experimental fishery and seven in the index fishery for a total of 11 vessels.
“The number of vessels that will be active in the 2021/22 experimental fishery for Unit 1 depends on whether the 13 successful project proponents for the experimental fishery ...
New Website Promoting Canadian Seafood
Canada is world-renowned for producing some of the most exceptional seafood in the world.
The taste and quality of Canadian seafood is unlike anywhere else in the world. That is why Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, have launched a new website, Seafood from Canada, to promote the region’s seafood to international export markets. The new website is www.SeafoodfromCanada.ca
“Canadian seafood harvesters, farmers and processors work tirelessly ...
The Marshall Decision and the Last 21 Years
Twenty-one years and half a billion dollars (give or take) later, First Nations in Atlantic Canada are still fighting for their treaty right to hunt, fish and gather in pursuit of a ‘moderate livelihood’ as affirmed in the 1999 Supreme Court’s Marshall Decision.
Since the landmark decision, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) “has launched several programs in response, beginning with the Marshall Response Initiative, which provided these First Nation communities with licences, vessels ...