A Small Fish in a Big Pond
For generations in Atlantic Canada, the fishery was a small, insular industry where fishermen harvested fish and sold it to a local merchant.
The fishing seasons changed, but the process remained pretty much unchanged for hundreds of years. However, as technology changed and advanced at a near incomprehensible pace in the last few decades, fishermen in this region are waking up to find themselves involved in the huge juggernaut that is the international fishing industry.
It is ...
Making Do With Less
Canada’s capture fishing industry is facing a very serious crisis, due to decreasing landings and a shrinking workforce.
Some aspects of that crisis are already apparent, but others will become increasingly obvious as time passes. We need to be thinking about how to deal with it.
In 1990, fish landings in Canada totaled 1,598,281 metric tonnes. In 2016, they were 831,980 tonnes, just 52.1 per cent of the 1990 total.
Fisheries on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts suffered drastic ...
Safety at Sea Improving for N.S. Fishing Industry
Above photo: Miss Ally leaving West Head on February 12, 2013. Photo courtesy of Della Sears Newell
The adoption and implementation of safe fishing practices in the Nova Scotia fishing industry is paying off in terms of lives saved, less injuries and the lowest Worker’s Compensation rates in 20 years.
“Since 2016, the fishing industry has saved $7.5 million in premiums” for Worker’s Compensation, said Amanda Dedrick executive director of the Nova Scotia Fisheries Safety ...
Right Whale Mortality Unprecedented
The death of at least 13 critically endangered North American right whales in Canadian waters this summer could have “huge potential for impact” on the fishing industry, fishermen were told during the southwestern Nova Scotia Lobster Fishermen’s Forum in Yarmouth on September 20.
A panel discussion at the forum on Marine Mammal Issues brought together Cathy Merriman, DFO species at risk biologist, Tonya Wimmer, director and founder of the Marine Animal Response Society (MARS) and Bay ...