Letters to the Editor 20 results

Wonders of the Deep Ocean are Worth Saving

This letter is in response to an article in the August 2023, Navigator Magazine by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) entitled Labrador Discovery, Scientists Find Something Unexpected in the Labrador Sea. A recent discovery has shown why DFO scientists have discovered a hotspot of corals and sponges near Makkovik, Labrador. The research for this coral and sponge hotspot started two years ago when Joey Angnatok, a Nunatsiavut fish harvester, thought he had discovered a seamount while ...

Electronic Tracking Systems Versus Ropeless Gear

Earlier this year, I appeared before the House Committee on Fisheries and Oceans personally in Ottawa and made a presentation on the negative impacts that ropeless fishing gear and reduced breaking strength buoy lines would have on our industry and resource. I covered all aspects as I’ve been in this industry 51 years and have been on many committees and chaired several meaningful organizations during my career. The North Atlantic right whale, like other whales, are breathing animals ...

Unsung Hero of the N.L. Inshore Fishery

I am aware and many others have spoken of Cabot Martin’s campaign to make sure that our offshore oil would be of great benefit for the people of this province. Everywhere you go on the Avalon Peninsula there is proof of what was accomplished. My story is the little-known fight for our most valuable renewable resource, the inshore fishery, although we were worlds apart prior to our first meeting, him being a St. John’s lawyer and me being a humble fisherman. I met Cabot in the ...

Scientific Processes and Excellence in the Newfoundland and Labrador Region Being Undermined

A Perspective from the Professional Institute of Public Service Canada’s Members From the Newfoundland and Labrador Region   Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Timothy Sargent, Deputy Minister, Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Ottawa by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada.   The provision of unbiased scientific advice is a cornerstone of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO); the Department has used science advice for decades and it is the ...

Hello from the Other Side

On the far east of our country lies one of Canada’s most unforgettable provinces, Newfoundland and Labrador. And yet, to our very own federal government in Ottawa, we are easily forgotten, especially when it comes to our fishery resource. Our nation only joined Confederation in 1949. What most Canadians do not realize is that we brought into Canada one of the world’s richest fish resources — so much so, that Canada was propelled from 14th to 6th place as a fishing producing nation...

Significant Gaps Remain in Canada’s Fisheries Management Regime

The Navigator managing editor’s overview of the Oceana Fishery Audit in the January issue was welcome and invites comment. I agree with the Audit’s assessment that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) management of our fisheries leaves much to be desired and I support Oceana’s goal of improving it. However, I would challenge certain basic elements of its approach that reflect the same mistaken assumptions that DFO’s management itself is shaped by. First, “rebuilding...

Fight for the Fishery or Flee the Province

If you could save and safeguard hundreds of communities in Newfoundland and Labrador, would you make that effort? Would you make the attempt, especially, if it involved immersing yourself in understanding our fishery, past, present and future and perhaps even engaging in a fish fight? That’s the question the Fishery Community Alliance (FCA) has been posing to endless politicians, both provincially, federally and most recently to the municipalities of Newfoundland and Labrador. The ...

When Someone Shows You Who They Really Are, Believe Them

In this federal election, more than ever before, everyone in our coastal communities need to get out and vote. Especially fishers and all those that depend on a vibrant, prosperous and safe fishing industry, principally in the South Shore St. Margaret’s electoral district. Given some of their poll locations, especially in Shelburne County (from Barrington, Cape Sable Island, Shag Harbour, Bear Point, Woods Harbour to Forbes Point), the lobster fishing capital of Canada, they barely had ...

Will Seals Decide the Future of Rural N.L.?

The recorded number of harp seals in the North Atlantic, up to 1982, was 2.2 million. At that time, with the implementation of the 200-mile-limit, the inshore fishery had rebounded somewhat and fishermen were making a living, rural Newfoundland and Labrador was doing very well. Many fishermen were making a living off lobster, herring, squid and salmon, fishing out of an 18-foot boat. Enter the bleeding hearts and movie stars who decided to make a name for themselves by interfering with ...

A Very Sordid Fish Tale

Grab a seat and I will share with you a fishy tale that haunts our shores. To begin with, Newfoundland and Labrador was once a major fish exporting nation. In fact, when we joined Confederation in 1949, our abundant fish resource elevated Canada from 14th place in the world as a fish-exporting nation to 6th. Today, we have hit rock bottom when it comes to the fishery. Canada has not rebuilt our fish resource, despite approaching 30 years after a devastating groundfish moratorium. We ...