Incentives, Risks and Safety
Safety is a big concern in the fishery, as this issue of The Navigator illustrates.
Fishing is widely reputed to be the most dangerous occupation in the world. There are certainly long histories and many stories of tragic losses of vessels and crews. And the danger is probably a big part of the reason reality TV shows like The Deadliest Catch and Coldwater Cowboys attract substantial audiences.
So why are people willing to fish for a living, despite the dangers?
Essentially, people ...
You Can’t Fix It
La Scie, Newfoundland native Corey Starkes is a changed man since the accident in 2009.
As captain of his dad’s 65-foot fishing vessel, Seafaring Legend, Corey was enjoying a good life. But in the early morning hours of October 24, everything changed and as much as he wishes, he can’t change it back to the way it was before that day.
A week earlier, Corey, along with crewmen Scott Drover and Chad Sheppard, had steamed from La Scie, across Notre Dame Bay, to Twillingate to pick up ice ...
The Forgotten Fishery: Hook and Line on South West Coast of Newfoundland
This past November I visited Codroy Seafoods Inc. who were processing hook and line codfish caught by day boat fishers in area 3PN-4R.
Inshore fishers were using traditional baited trawls with mackerel and herring. The majority of the fishers were also employing proper handling techniques, which included a bleeding step, gutting and slush icing.
The latter short-term storage quickly chilled the fish, provided additional washing and reduced pressure because of the buoyancy offered by slush ...
N.B. School of Fisheries Working to Improve Industry
The building the New Brunswick School of Fisheries calls home may look dated from the outside, but the work that goes on in inside its brick walls and beyond certainly isn’t.
Marcel Godin is a coordinator with what is commonly known throughout the province and beyond as the School of Fisheries.
In his corner office, he works on developing and providing courses and training for commercial fishers, courses Godin himself took at the school in the mid-1990s.
This has been the mandate of ...
Royal Greenland Invests in Quin-Sea Fisheries of Canada
On Dec. 3, Royal Greenland announced its investment in Newfoundland-based seafood producer Quin-Sea Fisheries Limited.
Royal Greenland is a vertically integrated fishing, production and marketing company, which is focused on North Atlantic wild-caught fish and shellfish. With revenues of around 5 billion DKK, Royal Greenland is the largest producer in the world of coldwater prawns, Greenland halibut and lumpfish roe.
Quin-Sea Fisheries annually processes and sells more than 11,000 metric ...
Lobster Fishermen Reminded of Safety as Season Starts
Lobster fishermen in southwest Nova Scotia are reminded to stay safe as they launch the start of their season Monday, Nov. 30.
"Fishermen have led the change to improve safety across the fishing industry with more man-overboard training and an increased use of personal flotation devices," said Kelly Regan, Nova Scotia Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. "I urge all fishermen to continue with the great progress they've made, and keep safety a priority as they head out to sea this ...
Soft-Shell Closed Area for Crab and Shrimp Fishing in NAFO Division 2J
DFO advises that in accordance with the soft-shell crab protocol, that Grids R39 and R40 in NAFO Division 2J will close to fishing snow crab and shrimp at midnight on Saturday, June 27, 2015 due to a high incidence of soft-shell crab.
All crab pots must be removed from this area.
These grids will re-open on August 27, 2015 for northern shrimp. The coordinates for these grids are:
52° 30’ North, 54° 00’ West
52° 30’ North, 53° 50’ West
52° 20’ North, 53° ...
New Plan Unveiled to Improve Fishing Safety
Fishermen, industry and government released a plan today, June 4, in Eastern Passage, aimed at making Nova Scotia's commercial fishing industry safer.
Fishing Safety Now is a plan by and for Nova Scotia's fishing industry. Developed by the Safe at Sea Alliance – a group of fishermen, family members, industry, safety organizations, community leaders, and government – the plan includes several recommendations to help improve safety.
Recommendations include the development of a safety ...
Fishing for Success
NL Organization Formed to Pass on Traditional Industry Practices
The name Petty Harbour has been synonymous with the fishery for centuries. And Kimberly Orren would like to ensure it stays that way for many years to come.
Orren is the executive director and driving force behind Fishing for Success, a new, non-profit organization formed to help preserve traditional fishing knowledge in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove resident explained her vision for the fledgling ...