The Universal Law of Sustainability
In the editorial of The Navigator (Vol. 20, No 12, December, p. 4) it was stated “There is an argument being made now that a modern fishery should be managed as a whole, not by individual stocks.”
One way a fishery could be “managed as a whole” is by guiding the trial and error management of a fishery by universal laws. That is by laws that apply to the whole fishery.
Let me illustrate this idea by reference to the traditional management of the 145-plus year-old inshore Maritime ...
Current Fisheries Policy Damaging Industry
Just a little over a year ago, the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour came out swinging against FISH-NL.
The head of the federation of labour, Mary Shortall, said FISH-NL was raiding one of its member unions and the federation was completely against it. Shortall said all of the federation’s member unions were standing in solidarity with the FFAW-Unifor.
The fact that FISH-NL was formed because a significant number of the FFAW-Unifor’s fish harvester membership was totally ...
Core or Non-Core, We Are Fishermen Too
As a fisherman in (NAFO Area) 3L, I am not only writing this on my behalf, but for other fisherman around the island who find themselves in the same situation that I am in.
Although I have fished for the better part of my life as a crewmember, I am considered non-core. When the fishery was primarily a cod fishery around the island back in the 70s and 80s, a lot of crewmembers fished on boats that probably belonged to some member of their family and that was considered the norm.
No one ...
What is the Outcome for N.L. Dropping Minimum Processing Requirements?
What did Newfoundland and Labrador get for giving up minimum processing requirements (MPR) under CETA?
CETA is the trade deal Canada just signed with the European Union and the signature for Canada was Justin Trudeau.
MPRs reflect an established right of a province to impose minimum processing requirements for fish landed at our ports. In the past, exemptions have been approved for the export of unprocessed fish when the market required it and/or when processing was not viable. No other ...
Summer Commercial Cod Fishery Should be Eliminated
Once again, Bob Verge has produced a very thought provocative article with his column Quantity Versus Value, Navigator Vol. 20. No. 10, October 2017.
When the time comes and it will, when Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are allowed to kill a cod for gain and sell it commercially, we have to do it like the Scandinavians. Maximizing value is the way to proceed.
I tell people it really does not matter how we catch cod in the summer months. This is only “hobby fishing.”
However, when ...
Apply the Precautionary Principle Before it is Too Late
In letters to the editor (Navigator, Vol 20, No. 10, October 2017), John Risley raises several examples of what we don’t know about our fishery.
We have no real idea of what our fishing industry resources are going to look like in 10 years’ time, including changes in location and abundance. He points out we are enjoying record catches for Atlantic Canada’s most valuable species, lobster; but we have no idea whether we can count on these catches to remain stable or improve or go into ...
FISH-NL Calls for Terms of Union to be Reopened
The following letter was sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
On behalf of the more than 3,000 inshore harvesters who are members of the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL), I’m writing to request that the Government of Canada reopen this province’s Terms of Union with regards to fisheries management.
This year represents a number of milestones: the 150th anniversary of Confederation, 68 years since Newfoundland joined Canada and ...
A Call to Combat Seafood Fraud
The following letter was submitted to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
As chefs, restaurant owners and seafood industry leaders, we are committed to protecting our oceans and ensuring that all seafood sold in Canada is honestly labelled, legally caught and fully traceable from the point of final sale back to the point of harvest.
Seafood follows a highly complex path from a fishing vessel to our plate, with a risk of fraud ...
Traffic, Sun Blindness and Now Eclipse Dump 305,000 Farmed Atlantic Salmon
A Cooke Aquaculture open-net pen holding 305,000 farmed salmon recently imploded near Cypress Island, near Seattle, Washington, releasing all these diseased fish into Pacific waters.
High tides from the solar eclipse played a role in this catastrophe.
Over here on the east coast, a similar disaster will very likely also happen. If tides can cause a metal reinforced open net pen site to collapse, what will the sea ice and icebergs that frequent Placentia Bay do to the even less rigorously ...
Commercial Capelin Fishery Must Stop
On August 5, 2017, Derek Butler, Association of Seafood Producers had a letter published defending the commercial capelin fishery.
He said “this year’s capelin fishery is underway and all reports there is abundant capelin being found and capelin landed to date have been smaller, and the current management of the fishery is based on precaution.”
Go back in time to 1990, fishermen were saying cod were getting smaller and scarcer and managers were saying the fishery is based on science ...