2018: The Sharper the Blast, the Sooner it Will Pass?
Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us: American author Hal Borland.
So good readers, were any lasting lessons learned in 2018 that will better the fishery of the future?
What events transpired over the last 12 months that could impact the way the commercial fishery evolves in the years and decades to come?
Perhaps the best analogy one could use to describe the fishing year that was is to compare it to the ...
Happy New Year
This issue of The Navigator marks the beginning of another new year.
It’s a good time to reflect on the past, assess where are and think about the future.
Like most people involved in the fishery in Atlantic Canada, I am a member of the baby boom generation. That means I can reflect back over several decades of involvement in this industry and even a few earlier decades, when I was growing up and hearing about things going on around me. It has been quite a ride.
I can remember the ...
Uncertain Outlook for 3Ps Cod Stock
FFAW Demands All Dragging be Halted in the Area
Above: DFO research scientist, Karen Dwyer presents a technical session outlining the level of the groundfish stock off Newfoundland’s south coast.
After several years of cautious optimism, the overall fate of Newfoundland and Labrador’s beleaguered groundfish stocks remain uncertain.
Earlier this year, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced that the 2018 2J3KL stewardship fishery management approach ...
Quota Cuts Coming for Georges Bank Groundfish
It looks like quota cuts are on the horizon for the Georges Bank groundfish fishery.
Recent recommendations from the Canada/U.S. Georges Bank Transboundary Management Guidance Committee (TMGC) include a 25 per cent cut in haddock quotas, a 32 per cent cut for cod quotas and a 53 per cent cut in yellowtail flounder quotas for 2019.
Co-chair of the Committee, Alain d’Entremont, Scotia Harvest Inc., said the 2019 overall recommendation for cod is 650 metric tonnes (a reduction from 950 ...
Southern N.S. Groundfish Stocks Healthy, Except Cod and Cusk
While the lobster fishery is king, the groundfish fishery in southwestern Nova Scotia is nothing to sneeze at.
This fishery is worth more than $55 million in landed value for 2016/17 for fishing areas 4VXW and Georges Bank and has solid stock statuses for primary target species such as halibut, haddock, silver hake, winter flounder and redfish.
“Halibut is the one that’s just going up and up and up,” said federal fisheries survey biologist Donald Clark in an interview.
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 ...
DFO Announces 2018 Newfoundland and Labrador Recreational Groundfish Fishery
DFO advises that in 2018, the recreational groundfish fishery will be open for a total of 39 days.
For the 2018 season, there is no requirement for licences or tags.
Saturday, June 30, 2018 to Monday, July 2, 2018
Saturday, July 7, 2018 to Monday, July 09, 2018
Saturday, July 14, 2018 to Monday, July 16, 2018
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Sunwell Technologies and Marine Institute Partner on DeepChill
Sunwell Technologies Inc. of Woodbridge, Ont. and the Marine Institute (MI) are continuing their collaborative partnership in a series of tests on various groundfish and shellfish species to establish the benefits of the DeepChill™ process.
DeepChill® is an advanced slurry ice process developed and patented by Sunwell in 1978. The DeepChill® Ice Slurry System offers rapid cooling of fish by super chilling the product using a pumpable mixture of ice micro-crystals and water.
Marine Institute Groundfish Processing Technology Demonstrations a Big Success
As the Atlantic Canadian seafood industry begins its transition back to groundfish, processing capacity must be improved with new processing technologies that are more efficient, less labour intensive, more energy efficient and offer improved yields and quality.
To help prepare industry for this transition, the Marine Institute’s Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development hosted a Groundfish Processing Technology Demonstrations in February 2018, highlighting some of the newest ground...
Creating Value from Fish
Except for lobster, catches of other important commercial fish species have been decreasing in recent years.
And even though cod and other groundfish have been increasing in abundance around Newfoundland and Labrador, it seems like it will be a long time before catches come anywhere close to being able to replace the revenues and incomes lost from decreasing catches of shrimp and crab. That means we will need to maximize value from the catches we are able to take.
So, what is involved in ...