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 ...
Stop Putting the Cart Before the Horse
There is an old saying that describes the current push to revitalize the industry that this province was founded on.
The industry I am referring to is the inshore fishery and the old saying is “putting the cart before the horse.”
While I do have some respect for an initiative that is attempting to ease the pain caused by the declines in shellfish stocks, I am troubled by the complete lack of attention given to the reason we find ourselves in repetitive boom and bust cycles. It appears ...
Southwest Nova Groundfish Fishery Holding Its Own
The Southwestern Nova Scotia groundfish fishery is holding its own, with an overall landed value that has topped more than $50-million in 2015 and 2016, harvested by just over 400 vessels from all sectors of the inshore fleet.
According to preliminary statistics from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, in 2016 the total landed value of groundfish species on Georges Bank (5Z) was $22,308,556. Fifty-four vessels participated in the fishery, including 31 from the under-65 mobile ...
The New Face of Cod
International Markets and Products Have Changed Considerably since 1992
The international markets for cod are now a whole lot different than they were 25 years ago.
The last time Newfoundland and Labrador cod was a substantial export was prior to the groundfish moratorium in 1992. Pre-moratorium, frozen cod block was the main product being churned out by N.L. fishplants. Jump ahead two-and-half decades and the world groundfish/whitefish market is almost unrecognizable compared to the cod ...
N.L. Cod – What we Heard
The Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation hosted a very successful conference on the theme Cod – Building the Fishery of the Future in Gander on November 28 and 29.
It was attended by about 180 people, representing a good cross-section of the industry, including harvesters, processors, marketers, suppliers, government and academia.
Because of the many different interest groups in the room, there was a lot of potential for disagreement on various issues. However, the session was ably ...
Path for Development of Northern Cod Charted at Biggest Newfoundland Industry Meeting in Years
In late November, one of the biggest seafood industry meetings in years took place in Gander, Newfoundland.
Close to 200 harvesters, processors and industry experts discussed the options available to the province as the historic Northern cod stock rebuilds.
The meeting, entitled Cod — Building the Fishery of the Future, was put together by the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI) housed at the Marine Institute in St. Johns.
Alastair O’Rielly (Chair of the Board for ...
Core or Non-Core, We Are Fishermen Too
As a fisherman in (NAFO Area) 3L, I am not only writing this on my behalf, but for other fisherman around the island who find themselves in the same situation that I am in.
Although I have fished for the better part of my life as a crewmember, I am considered non-core. When the fishery was primarily a cod fishery around the island back in the 70s and 80s, a lot of crewmembers fished on boats that probably belonged to some member of their family and that was considered the norm.
No one ...
NL-GIDC Outlines Priority Issues for Groundfish Industry Development
Above photo: NL-GIDC independent chair, Jim Baird
Since its inception in April 2016, the Newfoundland and Labrador Groundfish Industry Development Council (NL-GIDC) has quickly become a major player in formulating a strategy for re-establishing a commercial cod fishery in the province.
The organization, made up of processors, harvesters and government officials, recently unveiled its latest strategy at its annual general meeting in St. John’s.
“The way forward for our provinc...