More Questions Than Answers
The problem with aspects of our fishery has more to do with what we don’t know.
What we do know is that both the crab and shrimp populations in some areas are in serious decline and salmon returns this past year on Newfoundland’s east coast were the worst on record. As well, the seal population on Canada’s east coast numbers some eight million in total, no doubt the highest on record and that there are a whole lot of anomalies and changes taking place in the water column.
We also ...
2017 Newfoundland and Labrador Recreational Groundfish Fishery Fall Season Opening
DFO advises that 2017 Newfoundland and Labrador recreational groundfish fishery will be open from Saturday, September 23, 2017 to Sunday, October 1, 2017.
The recreational groundfish fishery will occur in all NAFO areas /subareas around Newfoundland and Labrador, which includes 2GH, 2J3KL, 3Ps, 3Pn, and 4R. The public is reminded that fishing is not permitted in the Eastport and Gilbert Bay Marine Protected Areas.
Recreational fishers are limited to five groundfish per day (including ...
Deadline Extension: Public Consultation on Marine Recreational Fishing Licences for Eastern Canada
The Department has extended the deadline to participate in the consultation process on Marine Recreational Fishing Licences for Eastern Canada to September 18, 2017.
On May 19, 2017, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced it would consider a new marine recreational licensing system in Eastern Canada.
The Department is seeking views on a new marine recreational licence for Eastern Canada.
The public and industry have a variety of methods via which they can provide comments to ...
CCFI Announces Conference on Building the Fishery of the Future
The Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI) has announced it will host a conference called Cod — Building the Fishery of the Future, on November 22-23, 2017 at the Quality Hotel & Suites (formerly Hotel Gander).
The conference is being held to provide industry with information it will need to launch a new cod fishery based on the recovering fish stocks off the Island and Labrador. The ultimate aim is to help create a sustainable, viable, globally competitive cod fishery that ...
Is it OK to Eat the Small Ones?
There is an art to writing a good headline.
A properly written magazine, newspaper or web story headline has several purposes: it should convey to the reader an idea of what an article is about, while at the same time being provocative enough to suck the reader in to want to know more to satisfy their curiosity.
Of all the publications and websites out there, one probably would not put the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) on the list of compelling headline writers. ...
Cod – The Challenges in Building a New Industry
Last month in this column, I said the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation will be holding a conference in Gander on November 22 and 23, 2017 on the theme, Cod — Building the Fishery of the Future.
Since then, however, we have had to change the dates to November 28 and 29, because one of our key speakers would not have been available on the earlier dates. Please note that change.
This month, I will talk about some of the challenges in building the new industry that will be discussed ...
There is No Silver Bullet for Groundfish
The great philosopher Yogi Berra said, “You can observe a lot by watching.”
You can also learn a lot by listening. I try to do a lot of listening. I think it’s the most important part of my job and of all of our jobs at the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center.
With all of the activity in the last couple of months, there has certainly been a lot to listen to. For example, we held recreational roundtable meetings in New Jersey and New ...
Cod — Building the Fishery of the Future
The Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation will be holding a conference on the theme Cod —Building the Fishery of the Future at the Quality Hotel and Suites in Gander on November 22 and 23, 2017.
We are holding the conference to provide people who expect to be part of the future cod industry with information they will need to prepare for it.
In this column, I don’t usually talk much about the work we do at CCFI. My purpose is more to challenge the industry to think about what we do ...
Fisheries Issues Can be Traced to Three Root Causes
The more people I talk to about the fishery, the more I become convinced that there are three root causes of the reoccurring catastrophes in the fishing industry.
Those causes are corporate profits, election votes and union agendas. Combined, they add up to political interference.
We have been digging and tunneling for hundreds of years, but we still have more non-renewable resources left under the ground than we have renewable resources left under the water.
What does that tell us ...
On the Waterfront – August 2017
Polar Prince on Epic Voyage
A St. John’s-based Canadian icebreaker is on an epic voyage of discovery across the Arctic to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.
The Canada C3 ship, the Polar Prince, is a 220-foot former Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker currently on a 23,000-kilometre voyage from Toronto to Victoria, via the Northwest Passage, stopping in many ports along its route.
The Canada C3’s journey from the Great Lakes into the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific oceans has four main ...