Positive Outlook on the Horizon
All Atlantic Canadians are familiar with the ages-old, weather proverb in like a lamb, out like a lion.
This saying of course, refers to climatic predictions for the month of March. But many are wondering if the same adage might apply to the date of September 21, 2017.
That particular day on the calendar marks the much-awaited (that’s probably an understatement) Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) provisionally coming into effect — meaning after ...
On the Waterfront — December 2016
EU Decides to Forgo Lobster Ban
The European Union has decided that lobster from Canada and the United States are not an invasive species after all, averting a ban on the live import of the valuable commodity.
The EU’s Committee on Invasive Alien Species told Sweden, the member nation that had sought the ban after discovering American lobsters off its coast, that it would not list Homerus Americanus for technical reasons, even though Sweden’s argument had persuaded the forum of EU ...
EU Seal Products Ban Unjust, Researcher Says
Unclear in Policy and Legal Context; Became Too Political
The ban on the importation of seal products into the European Union (EU) was nothing more than a political play aimed at showing the public the animal-loving credentials of their elected representatives, a Finland university researcher says.
Nicholas Sellheim, who holds a Ph.D in Law from the University of Lapland in Finland’s northern city of Rovaniemi and a Masters in polar law, said his research shows that although the EU seal ...
Britain’s Divorce From the EU Could Have Negative Repercussions in the Maritimes
The decision by Great Britain to divorce itself from the European Union (EU) will have far-reaching effects not only in Europe, but on this side of the Big Pond as well.
In jeopardy is CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) a major trade deal between the European Community and Canada which has been in the works for quite some time. The deal is now in peril of being snuffed out due to divorce ...
CETA Deal Could Fall Apart Under Pressure of Brexit
The EU Commission is deciding how the free trade deal between the EU and Canada will be ratified.
Since the Brexit vote, the conditions have shifted markedly.
Until recently, this was considered a done deal that would give a significant boost to Canadian exports, particularly of shrimp, lobster and crab. Now the deal may not happen as the EU struggles with the aftermath of the Brexit vote.
One proposal is for the deal to take effect if it is ratified by the EU Commission and the EU ...
Canada’s Fishery on the World Stage
If everything goes to plan and the stars align, those close to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union say the multi-billion dollar deal could come into being in early 2017.
This historic agreement has enormous potential for the Canadian fishing industry, as more than 98 per cent of the tariffs on seafood exported to the EU will be dropped immediately.
Local seafood processors will have nearly unfettered access to the biggest economy in ...
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 ...
European Court Upholds EU Seal Ban
A European Union ban on imports of seal products not derived from the traditional Inuit seal hunt has been upheld.
The Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice rejected an appeal brought by an association representing the interests of Canadian Inuits — Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami — and seal product manufacturers against a ruling from a lower court in 2013.
The court ruled that earlier judgement was correct in holding that the legality of the basic regulation must be assessed on the ...