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 ...
More Questions Than Answers
The problem with aspects of our fishery has more to do with what we don’t know.
What we do know is that both the crab and shrimp populations in some areas are in serious decline and salmon returns this past year on Newfoundland’s east coast were the worst on record. As well, the seal population on Canada’s east coast numbers some eight million in total, no doubt the highest on record and that there are a whole lot of anomalies and changes taking place in the water column.
We also ...
Government Document is an Insult to Fishing Industry
I have read many Government of Canada documents.
Some of them caused me to roll my eyes, some of them caused chuckles, some were examples of great work and there has been one document that was the most insulting thing I have ever read.
That insulting document is the reason I write this letter.
The Canadian Government is about to designate a part of the ocean as an MPA (marine protected area). Before they do so, they are asking for input from the general public and the document they are ...
Canadian Scientists Call for Additional MPA Improvements
The following letter was addressed to Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.
We, the undersigned Canadian marine scientists, urge the Government of Canada to increase the level of protection currently provided to Oceans Act Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and the National Marine Conservation Areas (NMCAs) through Environment and Climate Change Canada.
We also call for increased transpar...