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Enterprise Ownership Rules Need to Change

The photo below is of my old fishing premises at Tizzard’s Harbour, where my father, grandfather and previous generations of forefathers fished for centuries. The fishing stage is gone now, towed to my historic fishing premises at Main Tickle, Twillingate, Prime Berth, as I called it in honour of all the cod trap draws held in our kitchen when I was a boy with everyone hoping to select from the brown paper bag the best, or Prime Berth for the upcoming summer season. Today, I visited ...

A Responsible Plan for B.C. Salmon Farming

The following letter was recently sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau   Dear Prime Minister: We understand that there are important discussions taking place on the future of British Columbia salmon farming. We want to remind you that your commitment is to develop a “responsible” plan. The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard has also said that she is seeking to present a plan that is realistic and achievable. We believe, as we believe that you do as ...

ENGOs Don’t Deserve Stakeholder Status at Fisheries Management Tables

The primary objective of environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) is protect fish stocks — but that actually translates to them advocating for the end of fishing, or recommending total allowable catch (TAC) levels so low that fish harvesters and communities cannot survive and thrive. When these organizations take the stance that all commercial fishing should be at the lowest possible level and in many recent examples, entirely closed, should they be permitted a seat at the ...

Should Newfoundlanders and Labradorians be Allowed to Catch a Cod to Put on the Table?

I just celebrated my 88th birthday and remember growing up in the fishing community of Lushes Bight. I went fishing and sealing with my grandfather when I got old enough to handle a set of paddles. He taught me how to fish. We could fish anything in the ocean without any restrictions or a licence for 500 years. We did no damage to the ocean, then we entered Confederation and Canada took control of the largest fisheries in the world off our coast and manage it they did. We saw what ...

Floundering Like a Ship With No Rudder

When going through my files recently, I came across a letter from former Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Brian Peckford, dated Dec. 21, 1979, entitled Northern Cod Stocks. One thing in that letter that really sticks out is the statement “the government of Canada is in the process of establishing the shape of things to come.” What I can say 43 years later is things have only gotten worse with no inquiry into what happened and no plan is in place to try and restore the great cod ...

Remembering My Friend Cabot Martin

On June 21, 2023, a service was held for Cabot Martin at the St. George’s Anglican church in Petty Harbour. Cabot’s roots were in Port aux Basques, but he spent most of his life in St. John’s. However, he never forgot the rural parts of this province and spent a lot of his time and money working for our rural communities and for the ocean that was the life blood and our reason for being here. One of his projects was cod farming, where fisher people would catch small cod and put them ...

The N.L. Fish Pricing System is Broken

Not only did the FFAW-Unifor come out on the losing end of the snow crab tie-up, the union has nothing to save face. The local labour movement would be ashamed, if its back wasn’t already turned on the fishery. Premier Andrew Furey shared a picture on his Twitter account on May 19th to mark the agreement to start the 2023 snow crab fishery at $2.20/pound — the same price set by the price-setting panel on April 6th — 43 days earlier. I’m not sure which was more shocking: the ...

From Fisheries Mismanagement to Oceans Management

Imagine if the future of the planet was being decided by a small group of bureaucrats and mining bosses in closed meetings in far-flung parts of the world. Rather than looking at the overall impacts, these meetings only looked at things from one perspective — making sure that the mining companies could increase their takings — and ignoring other consequences, be they environmental, social or economic. If that were the case, wouldn’t you think there would be an outcry, massive ...

Offshore Companies Get Leg-Up From DFO

In March, the news broke that DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) spent untold millions completing two weeks of science work for redfish on the Mersey Venture, a 200-foot factory freezer trawler owned by Mersey Seafoods and part of the offshore lobby group, the Atlantic Groundfish Council, headed by Bruce Chapman. Go on, ‘by. Surely the Union’s not out complaining about the government doing more science work when that’s what they’re going on about half the time? In an effort ...

Legislation Jeopardizing Future of Fishing Enterprises

Recently, I was out for a little beachside ride on my quad near the once busy fishing community of Black Duck Cove, on Twillingate Island, when I noticed a Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) sign washed ashore on the beach. The sign read “structure in disrepair — keep off.” As I picked it up, I thought, not only a literal statement of the decrepit wharf which it had obviously been attached to, but a sad metaphor for the future of so many of our fishing villages. So, I ...