‘There Are More Guts in a Turnip Than There are in Us’
On July 13, 2020, my neighbour and l went fishing for cod in the recreational food fishery.
We didn’t go fishing very early in my opinion, it was 6:30 a.m. As we cleared the last point and the open ocean came into view, it was like a television show I watched years ago where an Indigenous person named Moses would look over an empty place and call it the big empty. That’s what it looked like this morning.
Imagine a fishing town like Twillingate in the heart of fishing time and only one ...
Seals, Seals Everywhere
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has a responsibility to protect and manage the common fish resource in Canada.
So far, in my opinion, the only things it has managed are the fish harvesters because you can’t manage fish unless you manage the predators of fish.
DFO has not managed predators like seals and here we are with our fish resources in crisis.
We have between 12 to 15 million seals and the fish total allowable catches (TACs) are just not enough to have a prosperous ...
A Red Sky at Morning — Part II
(Above) John Gillett sitting on the deck of his house in Twillingate during an evening of story telling, 2014
On October 28, 1971, John Gillett and his friend Clarence Oxford were turr hunting when John had a sudden premonition of impending danger. His strange feeling was strong enough for John to suggest they should turn around and head for home in Twillingate. It was a calm morning and turrs were plentiful, but Clarence knew the forecast called for strong winds in the afternoon so ...