Market Outlook Positive for Southwest N.S. Lobster Fishery
Above: Seafood.com founder John Sackton gives an overview of market conditions, outlooks and trade issues during the SWNS Lobster Forum in Yarmouth on Sept. 19. Kathy Johnson photo
There are positive indications for favourable lobster market conditions as fishermen in Southwestern Nova Scotia get ready to set their traps at the end of November.
Healthy export markets, a strong U.S. economy, stable exchange rates and at least an average demand from processors are on the horizon for ...
A Chronology of the Atlantic Canadian Marine Industries
There is a saying that the only constant in life is change itself.
Nowhere is this adage more prevalent than in the modern Atlantic Canadian fishery. The last two decades have seen enormous change, upheaval, triumphs, failures and tragedy in this centuries-old industry and The Navigator has been there to cover, interpret and explain these ongoing changes.
All one has to do is look at a simple 20-year chronology The Navigator to witness the enormous flux and transitions that have taken ...
Canadian Scientific Footage Confirms Use of Narwhal Tusk
For the first time, there is video evidence of Narwhals using their tusks to hit and stun fish prior to eating them.
In collaboration with the community of Pond Inlet and benefiting from Inuit Traditional Knowledge, this first-of-its kind footage was captured by Canadian scientists from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the University of Windsor, World Wildlife Fund Canada, the Vancouver Aquarium, and by Arctic Bear Productions.
There is a wealth of Inuit Traditional Knowledge and ...
Canada Will Ship Lobsters and Scallops to Europe Duty Free as Early as May 1
The Canadian free trade agreement with the European Union (EU), called CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement), has been in the works for years, but its first real fisheries effects are about to be felt on both sides of the border.
As early as May 1, the treaty will come into force. The final step is the final ratification by the Canadian Parliament which is likely to occur very soon. Most observers think May 1 is the most likely date.
As is usual in most trade agreements, many ...
Learning from 40 Years with the 200-Mile Limit – Part II
Last month’s column dealt mainly with how Canada obtained the 200-mile limit in 1977, leading to great optimism about the future of the fishery in Atlantic Canada, but things did not turn out as expected.
Starting in 1992, just 15 years later, we imposed a series of moratoriums on fishing groundfish stocks to try to conserve what was left of those resources.
However, things were not going well even before the moratoriums. In 1981, there was a Royal Commission to investigate problems in ...
A Sea Change
People make lists and write on whiteboards to keep their lives organized.
If you’re Joan Evans, Supervisor of Seagoing Personnel for the Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region, your whiteboard is wall-sized and you’re busy organizing the work and time off for about 700 employees.
Evans, 34 years old, assigns the people on the ships. “We plan individuals’ assignments for the year, so they get an assignment to a certain vessel for the year,” says Evans. A typical Canadian Coast ...
Canadian Herring Gillnet Fishery First in the World to Achieve MSC Certification
The Gulf Nova Scotia Herring Federation and its member associations have achieved the globally-recognized Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for sustainable fishing.
Fall herring from the fishery in Canada’s southern Gulf of St. Lawrence can now be sold with the blue MSC ecolabel indicating it comes from a sustainable, well-managed source. This is the first ever gillnet herring fishery to achieve MSC certification.
‘’We are delighted to see this important fishery ...
P.E.I. to Host U.S.-Canada Lobster Symposium
Leading representatives from academia, government, and industry studying the American lobster, and closely related European lobster, will be in Charlottetown November 3-6 for ‘The American Lobster in a Changing Ecosystem II: A U.S.-Canada Lobster Symposium.’
The U.S.-Canada Lobster Symposium is an opportunity for the research community to interact and present results of recent studies to a wide and diverse audience. Over 120 participants are expected from the U.S., Canada and ...
Fisheries Minister Goes Down to Defeat
Canada will soon have a new Minister of Fisheries.
Current Minister Gail Shea fell victim to the Liberal red tide that swept across the country, especially in Atlantic Canada, Monday night. In the Prince Edward Island riding of Egmont, Liberal Bobby Morrissey has won a huge victory over incumbent Conservative cabinet minister Gail Shea.
Incoming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will have lots of potential candidates to look at for the fisheries portfolio, since his Liberals swept all 32 ...