A Future Commercial Cod Fishery Should Not Take Place During Summer Months
I would like to provide some comments about two well-written and thought-provoking articles that appeared in the August issue of The Navigator Magazine.
The articles were entitled Prominent Cod Scientist Labels Stock Recovery as “Remarkable” and Cod — Building the Future. The first article featured Dr. George Rose and was a question and answer between the cod scientist and Navigator Managing Editor Kerry Hann. The second was a column written by Bob Verge, the Managing Director of the ...
Biodegradable Twine Regulation Helping Crab Stocks
During the spring snow crab harvest in 3K, I was pleasantly surprised by a DFO condition of license that actually worked for conservation.
A lot of harvesters were a bit skeptical about this regulation given the amount of regulations that are not working in fish harvester’s best interest and for conservation reasons.
The regulation stated: You shall install in your snow crab traps, a biodegradable twine which shall be a soft laid, untreated 96-thread cotton twine. This twine shall be ...
Over-Regulation Killing the Seal Hunt
While visiting Foxtrap, N.L. this spring, I attended, out of curiosity, a training course for people who wanted to get a personal sealers license.
A personal sealing license is a license to kill a seal to eat — limit of six per license and the hunter is not permitted to sell the pelt.
This course was put off by Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The local fisheries officer started off by listing some of the things that they were not allowed to do and make the statement that if you ...
Quebec Seeks Jurisdiction Royalties Over Old Harry Project in Gulf of St. Lawrence
If you source, harvest, or produce your seafood from the Gulf of St. Lawrence, you should be aware that the Province of Quebec has deposited law # 49 to acquire jurisdiction from the federal government over subsea resources in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
The mirrored legislation, already introduced in Quebec, would make way for the province to drill the Old Harry prospect. The legislation proposes that Quebec receive 100 per cent of the royalties and tax revenues from its petroleum activitie...
DFO is Over-Regulating the Newfoundland Fishery
It saddens me to write this sort of letter. People talk to me from all over Newfoundland and I hear the complaints from so many people on the way the Department of Fisheries does business in its enforcement role.
Every year the court dockets in the Newfoundland region are getting more names for violations under the Fisheries Act.
Since DFO started to micro-manage the fishery, many Newfoundland harvesters are getting into trouble with the thousands of regulations in the Fisheries Act. Most ...
Draggers Caused Irreparable Damage to Fishery
I was listening to the Fisheries Broadcast recently about an interview with Mike, a professor from Scotland stating that the European Union was banning the dumping of unwanted fish in the North Sea and that this fish had to be brought ashore.
Unwanted fish is something they are not targeting, such as lower price species and fish that are of smaller size of the same kind they are fishing for. This has been going on since the invention of the dragger fleet.
This fleet fishes by dropping a ...
Letter to the Editor
I want to express my displeasure and frustration with the Fish Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) union.
My goal, along with the help of fellow fishers, is to prove that we, the inshore fisher people, are being misrepresented by the FFAW and seek an inquiry into the affairs of this union that represent the inshore fishers here.
In 1987, FFAW disaffiliated from the UFCW and joined the CAW. The fishery has been sliding downhill every since. The last several years I have been at odds with the ...
Sealing Industry is Being Regulated to Death
The following letter was sent to Federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea:
Dear Minister Shea;
I don’t know the two men involved in the court cases below personally, but they live near me.
Otto Anstey — Cottlesville, NL
Marine Mammal Regulations, Section 28(3): Failed to properly crush cranium of seal after it was shot
Marine Mammal Regulations, Section 28(1)(b): Use of illegal hakapik (handle too short)
Fishery (General) Regulations, Section 22(7): Violation of ...
3PS Fishers Group Responds to Cod Quota Increase
The following is a few comments and reaction from the 3PS Fishers group with regard to the announcement on November 19, 2014, Rebuilding the Atlantic Cod Stock off Southern Newfoundland.
The 3PS Fishers group feels that a plan like this has been a long time coming. The 3PS fishery was only closed for two years for moratorium and since the reopening, the stocks have been steadily rebuilding, with fishing taking place, with no real plan in place focusing on structuring and making this a viable ...