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Northern Cod Recovery Appears to Have Stalled

Some Industry Groups Taking Issue with Recent 2J3KL DFO Stock Assessment   In the midst of other fisheries across the region facing uncertainty due to the world-wide impact of COVID-19, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently released it’s latest Northern cod stock status assessment and the news was not good. A DFO technical briefing document stated that “We continue to be concerned about the status of the Northern cod stock, which remains in the critical zone. ...

Three New Inductees to Join Atlantic Canada Marine Industries Hall of Fame

Moncton, NB – Fish Canada Workboat Canada, the nation’s largest commercial marine event returning to Moncton this January 24 & 25, is announcing three new inductees to be honoured at this year’s event. Presented in partnership with the Navigator Magazine, these awards pay a lasting tribute to those who have made valuable contributions in any sector of the marine industry. The awards are presented in three categories: Mariner, recognizing individuals who work or have worked on the ...

Sustaining Rural Communities – Part II

Last month, I talked about the imminent threat to the fishing industry in Atlantic Canada due to young people leaving rural communities. I suggested that rural communities are being depopulated because the old ways of doing things don’t provide young people with the opportunities, incomes or lifestyles they want. Keeping the young people — or attracting them to return — means we need to create new opportunities that can provide better incomes and more appealing lifestyles. This ...

The Impacts of Climate Change on Atlantic Canada are Unprecedented

As the world reacts to dire new warnings contained in the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, Ecology Action Centre (EAC) is focusing on how changing oceans could impact Atlantic Canada and what we can do about it. “Atlantic Canada’s way of life is so closely tied to the ocean,” says Shannon Arnold, senior marine coordinator, EAC. “The impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems could severely ...

The Game is Afoot

It has been a while since the old Navigator time machine has been fired up and taken for a spin. Hopefully it should not take too much coaxing to turn over the engine as we take a quick hop back to the days following October 19, 2015. A four-year spin should hopefully not burn too much fuel, since we are not sure if time machines fall under the new carbon tax legislation or not. Anyway, let’s take a short walk back to the days after the Liberal red tide washed over the shores of ...

Our People Problem — Part II

Last month, I wrote a rather lengthy column about the “people problem” we have here in Atlantic Canada. In this month’s column, I thought I would bring a sharper focus to the issues I discussed. As I pointed out in last month’s column, the problem is not just that we have a diminishing workforce, even though that is a serious issue. In many ways, the diminishing workforce is merely a symptom of much deeper problems that need to be addressed. If we only try to treat the symptom, we ...

Mackerel Stocks Remain Low, DFO Reports

Despite a spawning stock biomass increase between 2016 and 2018, Atlantic mackerel “remains in the critical zone” says the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), with recruitment levels “at all-time lows” in 2017 and 2018. “Since 2005, the spawning stock biomass index has declined and is now approximately one twentieth of the levels observed in the 1980s,” reads the summary of the latest stock assessment conducted in March, with the 2015 year class representing “75 ...

A Small Fish in a Big Pond

For generations in Atlantic Canada, the fishery was a small, insular industry where fishermen harvested fish and sold it to a local merchant. The fishing seasons changed, but the process remained pretty much unchanged for hundreds of years. However, as technology changed and advanced at a near incomprehensible pace in the last few decades, fishermen in this region are waking up to find themselves involved in the huge juggernaut that is the international fishing industry. It is ...

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 ...

Possibility for a Busy 2019 Ice Season

Navigating the ice-filled water of Atlantic Canada is no easy task. However, keeping the shipping lanes open to commercial and fishing traffic is not exactly a walk in the park either. One of the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) primary roles in this region is icebreaking. The CCG recently provided its annual technical briefing outlining the upcoming ice season. Brad Durnford, superintendent of ice operations for the Atlantic Region, said it is possible the 2019 ice season could be a ...