To Cull or Not to Cull
The 17th century English author and philosopher William Penn once said, “in all debates, let truth be thy aim, not victory, or an unjust interest.”
It is safe to say that when Penn penned these words more than three centuries ago, he had no idea how applicable they would be in describing the decades-old Canadian seal population debate.
Are the millions of hungry harp and grey seals frolicking in the waves of our shores having a negative impact on fish stocks — notably cod? That is ...
Still More Questions Than Answers
Are you one of those people that, probably out of pandemic-related boredom, has typed your name into the Google search engine just to see what pops up?
Have you ever found anything interesting? Any nomenclature doppelgangers out there with your name walking around doing interesting or absolutely bizarre things?
Now, what happens if you enter the words cod collapse into the world’s most used search engine?
The top entry that emerges is a Wikipedia post entitled “Collapse of the ...
Christmas in July
Once upon a time, not too long ago, there was a sure, telltale sign a provincial election was looming in Newfoundland and Labrador.
One would always know, particularly in rural areas of the province, that the dropping of the writ was eminent when shiny new firetrucks would start rolling into firehall parking lots everywhere. For some reason, the governing party of the time always seemed to think that the best way to secure votes in the bays and coves around the province would be to hand over ...
The Growing Potential of Seaweed
With the passing of the Cannabis Act (C-45) in June, 2018 paving the way to the legalization of marijuana-related products in Canada on October 17, 2018, weed has become big business.
It was estimated that last year, the total cannabis market in Canada, including medical and recreational products, was expected to generate up to $7 billion in sales in 2020 with $2 to $4 billion coming from the legal recreational market.
Those are some sizeable weed-related dollars.
But is there a more ...
A Greene Perspective on the Fishery
For every issue and problem that surfaces in the Atlantic Canadian fishery, there are an exponential number of possible solutions offered up — many of which never see the light of day.
There is a litany of reasons why ideas aimed at “fixing” many of the systemic problems in today’s fishery never amount to more than lip service — including a lack of trust and cooperation. So, it will be interesting to see what happens to a few high-profile observations and nuggets of wisdom that ...
Where Does the Fishery Fit into the Blue Economy?
As the majority of the country grapples with the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ‘business’ of government continues, albeit in a primarily small screen, virtual form.
While the federal government’s priority understandably continues to be virus containment and vaccine rollout, other policy platforms are being unveiled, largely without the media attention and spotlight they would receive in a normal news cycle.
One such platform that emerged earlier this year was the Govern...
Safety in the Fishery Must be Unwavering
Our collective thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones as we remember:
Edward Norman, age 67
Scott Norman, age 35
Jody Norman, age 42
Isaac Kettle, age 33
Aaron Cogswell, age 29
Leonard Gabriel, age 55
Daniel Forbes, age 37
Michael Drake, age 48
Eugene Francis, age 48
Charles Roberts, age 58
This list of Atlantic Canadian fish harvesters, lost in 2020 when their fishing vessels sank, is a stark and painful reminder of the risks that fishermen ...
PIIFCAF and Politics
As the famous Scottish poet Robbie Burns once penned, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”
2020 might go down as one of the strangest years ever, but 2021 is already trying it’s best to give last year a run for its money.
By now, a new Newfoundland and Labrador provincial government should have been settled into the Confederation Building in St. John’s and be busy at work on such key tasks as addressing a massive debt, compiling the 2021 budget, picking out office ...
Will 2021 Hold More Cetacean-Related Closures and Concerns?
If you pay a visit to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) website, a few clicks will bring you to a page with no less than 87 fishery notices related to North Atlantic right whales — all for the year 2020.
These notices involved whale-related delays, interruptions and closures/re-openings for various fisheries throughout the Maritimes.
According to DFO, acoustic detections of whales by hydrophones (underwater microphones) and visual sightings of right whales from vessels and ...
The Clock is Already Ticking
More often than not, the fishing and seafood industry is one sector of Canada’s economy that doesn’t ever seem to get the credit it deserves.
Canada’s fishery is a major economic driver for both coastal rural communities and major urban centres alike, employing more than 72,000 people in primary harvesting, aquaculture and processing.
In 2018, Canada exported a whopping $6.9 billion in fish and seafood products to nearly 140 countries worldwide.
Jobs in harvesting, processing and ...