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What is the Future of the N.L. Fish Price Setting Panel?

For nearly two decades, the Newfoundland and Labrador fishery has contended with the influence of the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel. For the last two years, the Panel’s inability to avoid protests, delays and a general sense of unrest amongst the fishery has brought the institution’s validity into question. The “need” for a panel was highlighted by Richard Cashin, one of the founders of what became the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW), in the 2005 Cashin Report. At ...

Fishing Safety: A Worldwide Dilemma

As The Navigator’s loyal readers are aware, each year, the May issue is devoted to highlighting the ongoing issues involving safety in the fishing industry. As this magazine has pointed out time and time again, commercial fishing has been and continues to be one of the most dangerous industries in the world. The United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates, up to 24,000 fishermen die every year in accidents on fishing vessels. That is more than 10 times as many as in ...

Need or Greed

The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans is no stranger to criticism, critiques, finger pointing and nasty comments when to comes to some of its annual management decisions. However, as of late, DFO’s careful and cautious approach to the commercial cod fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador is starting to see results. For the last few years, the groundfish fishery of Canada’s most eastern province is starting to take root as it emerges from the darkness of the moratorium. DFO has ...

Redfish Allocations Raising Ire of Inshore Harvesters

“The rebound of redfish stocks is a true success story and shows how conservation efforts are critical to maintaining fisheries. I’m looking forward to working with stakeholders in Atlantic Canada and Québec to promote a prosperous and sustainable commercial fishery.” This quote by Joyce Murray, the former Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, was included in a June 21, 2023, DFO press release announcing that in preparation for a pending commercial fishery, the ...

2024: Calmer Seas and Smoother Sailing Ahead?

Fishermen, not only in this region, but around the globe, are, by nature, an overly superstitious lot. For centuries, harvesters and mariners have considered the following bad luck; whistling onboard a vessel, stepping aboard with your left foot first, starting a trip on a Friday, killing a seabird, looking back when leaving port, red-haired people, anything involving bananas, a cat washing behind its ears and countless, countless others. Fishermen have never left anything to chance and ...

Seafood Sanction Duplicity and Double-Dealing

There have been many dates of infamy that will always be remembered throughout the vast and sorted annals of history. Right now, whether February 24, 2022, will be included on the infamous and dubious list of “I remember what I was doing on that day,” has yet to be determined. We are of course referring to the winter day when Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his armed forces to invade neighbouring Ukraine — leading to the largest attack on a European country since the Second ...

Harvesters’ Opinions Cannot be Dismissed

Agatha Christie once said “Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that’s no reason not to give it.” Four decades ago, Newfoundland and Labrador inshore fishermen had lots of advice to give concerning what they were witnessing on the water. Harvester after harvester were reporting that not only was the overall size of cod getting smaller, but catches were only a fraction of what they were years before — certainly before the onslaught of foreign and domestic draggers. Fi...

Chalk One Up for the Underdogs

Who says you can’t take on the federal government and win? Lobster fishermen in nearby Maine have proven that it is still possible to take on regulators and come out on top — even if it involves something as contentious and controversial as North Atlantic right whales. Fishermen in this region are no strangers to ever-increasing regulations surrounding endangered right whales. Over the last few years, snow crab and lobster harvesters have endured numerous fishing closures due to the ...

Words are Good But Actions are Better

The Newfoundland and Labrador fishery is no stranger to reports, studies, plans and commissions. Over the last 50 years, there have been almost too many to list here. It seems every government in power in recent years, whether it be federal or provincial, has appointed some group to do some study on how to improve, fix, alter, adjust, reform, adjust or find solutions to the problems facing the N.L. commercial fishery. Countless millions have been spent and literally thousands of recomme...

Securing a Path Back

Best-selling author Cinda Williams Chima once wrote “I’ve found it wise to enjoy any time of truce, while recognizing it for what it is. A truce.” In late May, an unprecedented six-week snow crab fishing dispute finally came to an end and Newfoundland and Labrador fishermen are once again on the water, doing what they do best. For the majority of the spring, the FFAW-Unifor and Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) were locked in a battle of wills and attrition over the price of ...