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Taking Safety to the Next Level

The mainstream media is filled with what seems like a tragic event almost every day. The 24-hour news cycle is always reporting on a catastrophic bombing, flooding or plane crash in some far-flung corner of the globe. It is so commonplace today, that the average, viewer, listener or reader has almost become numb to it. But once in a while, a tragedy occurs a little too close to home, causing one to stop, take notice and even reflect on their own well being. Unfortunately, the fishery ...

There Must Be a Better Way

If you are a regular viewer of CBC television, or Mother Corp. as many of its employees call it, you are probably familiar with the popular, long-running show called Dragon’s Den. For the uninitiated, the premise of the show is pretty simple: budding entrepreneurs pitch a potential money-making idea to a group of wealthy venture capitalists and hope to convince some of them to invest in their scheme. In many cases, the show’s participants will present a problem or scenario that needs ...

Atlantic Canada’s Marketing Conundrum

Can you just picture the colour print ads and television commercials? A boat steaming to the fishing grounds as the sun slowly emerges over the horizon. Glistening water dropping from lobster and crab traps as they are hauled over the side by colourful crewmembers. Mouth-watering images of cod, halibut and shrimp being prepared by smiling, enthusiastic chefs — set against backdrops of quaint coves, rustic wharves, rugged cliffs and long sandy beaches. What better fodder could any ...

2015 Fishery: Hope Back on the Menu

As everyone can attest to, the fishery experiences many ups and downs — in recent years many would argue more downs than ups. But with 2015 now in the rear-view mirror, a lot of fishermen are nodding in agreement that the year gone by was actually one of the better ones in recent memory. Many of the fishery-related events that made the headlines in 2015 actually had positive overtones — catch rates were up, prices were good and there was little in the way of stakeholder squabbling and ...

A Lengthy Fish Wish List

Did Christmas come early for the four provincial governments in Atlantic Canada — specifically on October 19 of this year? By now the dust has settled and the celebratory Liberal red confetti has been swept up from Justin Trudeau’s somewhat surprising majority government win and clean sweep in Atlantic Canada. The fact all 32 Atlantic Canada members of Parliament are now sitting on the government side must be already causing the premiers in this neck of the woods to salivate a little. ...

Global Warming: From Change Comes Opportunity

Andy Wells appears to be a small fish in a big pond. The always outspoken former St. John’s, Newfoundland mayor and current chairman of the N.L. Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities (PUB) made headlines recently, albeit briefly, when he once again denounced the concept of greenhouse gases and global warming. In an exchange with Nalcor CEO Ed Martin, Wells was quoted as saying “So, how bad is CO2? Do you know anybody showing up in (emergency departments) saying, ‘B’y, I’m ...

Mail Order Cod on The Menu

The overall consensus throughout Newfoundland and Labrador is the cod are back. While you will still find a few people sitting on the proverbial fence, the majority of fishing industry insiders are in agreement that groundfish stocks have recovered enough to facilitate a return to some sort of expanded commercial fishery. The agreeing is the easy part of this equation — what comes next, not so much. It is well and good for everyone to dust off their soapboxes and announce the return ...

Cod: An Eerily Ironic Situation

Overall, 2015, at least for now, is turning out to be a profitable year for the majority of harvesters in Atlantic Canada. Catch rates for lobster, snow crab and shrimp have been good or even great, some are reporting and more importantly, the prices fishermen have been receiving for their catches have been better than recent years. But any seasoned fishermen will tell you they take nothing for granted in this line of work and have any number of personal experiences they can list off ...

On The Radar or Set Adrift?

Last November, this magazine speculated on what the forthcoming federal election campaign might mean for the Atlantic Canada fishing industry. The Navigator put forth several parameters that could be used as a measuring stick for the approach the governing Tories might be taking toward potential voters in this region — particularly those that depend on the fishery for their livelihood. The first contentious issue involved the changes to temporary foreign workers’ legislation. For ...

Cautious Optimism for Lobster Industry

It might seem like a tale out of time to many, but long gone are the days when the lowly lobster was used as fertilizer on vegetable gardens across Atlantic Canada. Lobster easily remains Canada’s most valuable seafood export and an iconic Canadian species, despite its scientific name homarus americanus, exported around the world. The lobster industry is a billion-dollar business. There are 45 lobster fisheries throughout the Atlantic provinces and Quebec, including one for the offshore ...