Welcome to the New Normal
“People often ask when the world will return to its normal days. Don’t wait for normal days. Assume that abnormal days are normal days. Today’s abnormal normal is now our new normal.”
Mehmet Murat Ildan (Turkish playwright and author)
Last month’s Navigator Magazine was the always-popular, annual safety issue. It always highlights and puts the importance of safety in the fishery out front, where it should always be.
As every harvester knows, fishing is a dangerous ...
On the Waterfront – June 2020
ISA Outbreak at Northern Harvest Smolt Facility
Northern Harvest Smolt Limited (NHSL) recently announced that the suspect detection of infectious salmon anemia (ISA) at its hatchery located in Stephenville, N.L. has been confirmed.
Follow-up sampling at the facility identified eight fish as positive for pathogenic ISA and six fish as positive for non-pathogenic ISA.
In response to this confirmation and in keeping with best practice, NHSL is culling all 450,000 juvenile Atlantic salmon ...
Supporting the Essential Service Employees Who are Supporting the World
Above: Lonnie Snow photo
With the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire world has entered an unprecedented situation.
It is difficult to recall a time in living memory where so much of the world has been at a standstill and yet some industries — and some people — find themselves busier than ever, shouldering the weight of our emergency response as they keep essential services functioning.
The Canadian fish and seafood sector is one of these essential services.
Harvesters, processors ...
Work Together or Hang Separately, it is That Simple
Above: Lonnie Snow photo
Two qualities that give the seafood industry its unique character are being made up of a multitude of diverse companies of all sizes and having an immense diversity of species and products.
In the U.S. meat industry, four companies control 84 per cent of beef production, 65 per cent of pork production, 53 per cent of poultry and one dairy co-op and one processor control 30 per cent and 40 per cent respectively of the national milk supply.
Matching Demand and Supply
Recent events related to the COVID-19 lockdown have brought into very clear focus the economic laws of supply and demand that usually operate more in the background.
Essentially, these laws state that, in a competitive market, the unit price for a particular item will vary, until the quantity demanded is equal to the quantity supplied.
If market demand is higher than supply, the price will rise, to attract new supply. But if supply exceeds demand, the price will drop, until some suppliers ...
Sea of Uncertainty as P.E.I. Lobster Fishery Opens
Lobster fishermen on Prince Edward Island were facing a sea of uncertainty as they readied to start their spring season.
With the opening delayed until May 15 for lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 23, 24 and 26 due to a multitude of issues and concerns that have washed ashore for the seafood industry due to COVID-19, it’s “a big picture of variables” going into the season, said Ian MacPherson executive director of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA).
The two-week delay in the ...
Spring Landings Down in SW Nova Lobster Fishery
The spring lobster fishery in southwestern Nova Scotia “hasn’t been much” says Bernie Berry, president of the Coldwater Lobster Association.
Never mind the multitude of issues and concerns that COVID-19 has caused, foul weather and cold water temperatures have also impacted fishing efforts and landings this spring, said Berry.
“I suspect for March and April catch-wise, you might have to go back 20 to 25 years to see that few lobsters landed, for a whole myriad of reasons,” said ...
Supply and Demand Imbalance Could Cause Long-Term Damage to Sector
The Lobster Council of Canada (LCC) is worried that 96-million pounds of lobster could be stranded without a home by the end of 2020.
The LCC is “concerned that the predicted imbalance of supply and demand could cause long-term damage to the lobster sector if there is not close collaboration and adjustments made as landings increase in May,” says its executive director, Geoff Irvine.
He said the LCC has developed a ‘Canadian Lobster Model’ that allows it to input market recovery ...
Significant Drop in N.L. Crab Prices
2020 Total Allowable Catch Increased by 10 Per Cent
Spring disputes are nothing new to the fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Last year, for example, in the wake of protests and a public outcry over rumours of a possible 30 per cent quota reduction, or higher, the 2019 N.L. snow crab fishery only received a nine per cent overall cut after all.
But jump ahead to 2020 and the emergence of COVID-19 was certainly one obstacle that neither harvesters nor processors had factored ...
Harvester Advocates Demand COVID-19-Related Financial Assistance
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound and negative impact on the fishing and seafood industries in Atlantic Canada and around the globe.
In an attempt to stabilize the Canadian economy, the federal government has already announced billions of dollars in subsidy and aid programs to various sectors, including a $62.5-million Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund aimed at helping the fish and seafood processing sector.
Now groups representing harvesters across the country are also demanding ...