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Nova Scotia Launches China Lobster Export Pilot Project

CETA Deal Approved by EU Parliament Bad weather, soft shells and low yields from LFA 34 landings, along with high prices, forced most processing plants in Nova Scotia to shut down by January 12 — with the exception of Riverside Lobsters International located in Meteghan River. Adding to mix was the fact the Chinese market for lobsters was down 30 per cent from last year due to high prices. In New England, most fishermen pulled up their gear in January which led to a lack of product. ...

Ottawa Creates $325-Million Atlantic Fisheries Fund

The federal government has announced an investment of $325 million to create an Atlantic Fisheries Fund, that is aimed at benefiting the fishery in all four Atlantic Provinces. The Fund is aimed at stimulating innovation, with a focus on growing opportunities and increasing their value to meet market demands for sustainably sourced, high quality fish and seafood products. Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada said, in this sector, which is integral to the region...

Opposition Questions N.L. Premier About CETA Fisheries Fund

Keith Hutchings, Official Opposition Critic for Intergovernmental Affairs, is asking, “Is Premier Ball preparing to give up minimum processing requirements (MPRs) in our province’s fisheries as part of the CETA trade deal with the European Union without getting the full $280-million Fisheries Investment Fund that Ottawa agreed to give this province?” “In May 2015, when the federal government of the day tried to renege on their Fisheries Investment Fund agreement, our government said ...

PC Opposition Welcomes CETA, Demands Fisheries Fund

Keith Hutchings, Intergovernmental Affairs Critic for the Official Opposition, said, “We welcome news that both the European Parliament and the Canadian House of Commons have approved CETA, paving the way to remove more than 98 per cent of trade barriers between Canada and the European Union, but now we expect the Government of Canada to honour Justin Trudeau’s commitment to Newfoundland and Labrador that Ottawa will provide its share of the Fisheries Investment Fund that he promised ...

The CETA Soap Opera

What does the Atlantic Canadian fishing industry have in common with the Big Bang theory — the scientific conjecture not the television show? Give up? The answer is Wallonia — yes, that landlocked 16,844-square kilometre patch of land in southern Belgium that up until recently, few on this side of the Atlantic had even heard of. Georges Lemaître of the Université Catholique de Louvain, who is credited with proposing the Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe in 1927, appare...

Action on Illegal Fishing

While much of the fishing industry in this region has been fixated on LIFO and CETA as of late, on June 5 of this year, the PSMA was made legally binding around the world, with little mention or fanfare in this neck of the woods. While everyone is familiar with the acronyms LIFO (Last In-First Out) and CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union), the PSMA (Port State Measures Agreement) is probably not on the tip of everyone’s tongue. So what ...

Hitting Home

Britain’s Divorce From the EU Could Have Negative Repercussions in the Maritimes The decision by Great Britain to divorce itself from the European Union (EU) will have far-reaching effects not only in Europe, but on this side of the Big Pond as well. In jeopardy is CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) a major trade deal between the European Community and Canada which has been in the works for quite some time. The deal is now in peril of being snuffed out due to divorce ...

CETA Deal Could Fall Apart Under Pressure of Brexit

The EU Commission is deciding how the free trade deal between the EU and Canada will be ratified. Since the Brexit vote, the conditions have shifted markedly. Until recently, this was considered a done deal that would give a significant boost to Canadian exports, particularly of shrimp, lobster and crab. Now the deal may not happen as the EU struggles with the aftermath of the Brexit vote. One proposal is for the deal to take effect if it is ratified by the EU Commission and the EU ...

Our Fishery is in the Bantam Leagues Compared to Some

Despite what the chairperson of one of the recently appointed fisheries committees stated regarding the direction of future fisheries related to marketing, how in hell’s name can you have a market-driven industry, survival of fishing communities or indeed the industry itself when there are so few fish to catch? To begin with, there is no real indication the huge, diversified fishery we delivered to Ottawa in 1949 is recovering and there is clear evidence DFO is abandoning its management ...

Canada’s Fishery on the World Stage

If everything goes to plan and the stars align, those close to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union say the multi-billion dollar deal could come into being in early 2017. This historic agreement has enormous potential for the Canadian fishing industry, as more than 98 per cent of the tariffs on seafood exported to the EU will be dropped immediately. Local seafood processors will have nearly unfettered access to the biggest economy in ...