Re-Examining DFO Basics
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you'll always get what you’ve always got.”
An old trite saying perhaps, but still profoundly true. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) needs to seriously consider altering two of its long-held beliefs/practices in light of obvious changes in the ecosystem and failed attempts to produce a recovery of our cod stocks.
We do not need to go back and revisit the failures of the past. There are enough current examples of continued ...
On the Waterfront – December 2019
Marine Industry to be Showcased at Moncton Trade Show
Atlantic Canada’s all-encompassing commercial marine event, Fish Canada Workboat Canada, is charting its course for Moncton this January 24 and 25.
For those who make their living on, in and around the water, along with businesses who provide the related products and services to keep Atlantic Canada’s marine industries running, the event takes over the Moncton Coliseum Complex as Canada’s largest commercial marine trade show. The ...
Brexit, Trump, Future Shock and the Fishing Industry
This column will be unlike any other I have written or probably will ever write for The Navigator magazine.
But recent events represent a significant departure from those of the past few decades and I think it is worthwhile to reflect on how they relate to the fishery.
On June 23, citizens of the United Kingdom voted to withdraw from the European Union. As I write this, Donald Trump has emerged as the presumptive Republican candidate for President of the United States. And through most of ...
Achieving Extraordinary Results
Last month, I talked about the productivity problem we have in our industry and illustrated how that translates into low incomes for industry participants.
Specifically, I showed how output value per person employed is very low compared with the fishing industry in Iceland and the food industry in Canada, among others. If people in our industry want to have better incomes, we have to improve our productivity and that will require change — innovation, in other words.
A recent report ...