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 ...
2020: A Year to Forget?
Good day loyal and dedicated Navigator Magazine readers.
It is once again time to pour yourself a cup of tea, or a beverage of your choice, cozy up in your favourite chair and reflect on the year that was. Alright, we all get it — after the last 12 months, one can only guess what that beverage of choice might be.
Looking back 12 issues, the Navigator’s 2019 year-in-review editorial ended with the following prophetic words:
So, what will transpire in 2020? Let’s insert another ...
Eat More Local Seafood
“Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.” — Samuel Pepys: 17th century administrator of the navy of England and Member of Parliament.
Being a navy officer, Pepys probably consumed his fair share of seafood back in his day and it probably tasted a lot better than some of the gruel being served below decks. Jump ahead nearly four centuries, to the eve of the 2020 holiday season and efforts are being made to ensure more people are acquiring a taste for seafood ...
Averting Future Species Collapses
In this 24-hour news cycle, social media-obsessed world, all industries have their buzzwords.
A quick look at Twitter will instantly tell you what words are trending at that very moment in time.
Buzzwords surrounding today’s modern fishery now include such terms as sustainability, ecofriendly, ecolabelling, chain of custody and traceability, to name a few.
However, if you venture back in time a few decades, prior to the onslaught of Facebook and YouTube, one will discover that the ...
Dialogue, Cooperation and Trust
“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth.
As the Babe so succinctly pointed out, there can be little or no success without cooperation. This not-so-startling revelation can of course be applied to any industry, including the fishery.
Another pearl of wisdom on cooperation comes from a man many might consider the Babe Ruth ...
Русские идут (The Russians Are Coming)
“The Russians are coming” is a phrase attributed to United States Secretary of Defense James Forrestal in 1949, at the beginning of the Cold War.
It is highly doubtful Forrestal was referring to modern-day Russian seafood when he allegedly uttered those famous words. He probably had something else on his mind.
And speaking of global politics, some might argue now that Russia should no longer politically be considered a world superpower in this day and age. As politicos and academics ...
The Saga of Recommendation M16-05
On September 5, 2015, the fishing vessel Caledonian capsized 20 nautical miles west of Nootka Sound, British Columbia.
At the time, the vessel was trawling for hake with four crew members onboard. Following the capsizing, the master and mate climbed onto the overturned hull and remained there for several hours. When the vessel eventually sank, the master and mate abandoned it and the mate swam toward and boarded the life raft.
The Canadian Coast Guard subsequently rescued the mate and ...
Will Coalition’s Funding Plea be Answered?
Everyone involved in some capacity with the Atlantic Canada fishery knows that the industry has ebbs and flows each year.
As a particular fishing season looms on the horizon, chatter, speculation and arguments always seem to surface, almost like clockwork. Just look at what recently happened with snow crab in Newfoundland. And the Northern shrimp fishery has certainly not been immune to these disputes in the past.
But this year, things have been strangely quiet in the lead up to the 2020 ...