Happy New Year
This issue of The Navigator marks the beginning of another new year.
It’s a good time to reflect on the past, assess where are and think about the future.
Like most people involved in the fishery in Atlantic Canada, I am a member of the baby boom generation. That means I can reflect back over several decades of involvement in this industry and even a few earlier decades, when I was growing up and hearing about things going on around me. It has been quite a ride.
I can remember the ...
Nova Scotia Lobster Exports Expected to Top the Charts Again
Nova Scotia lobster exports shipped from Halifax Stanfield International Airport are expected to be record setting again over the holiday season as the lobster season in southwestern Nova Scotia got underway.
“We anticipate another busy holiday season for lobster shipments from Halifax Stanfield that will continue through to the Chinese New Year (February 5, 2019),” said Nicole Scaplen marketing and communications manager for the airport.
“Outside of our regularly scheduled cargo ...
Market Outlook Positive for Southwest N.S. Lobster Fishery
Above: Seafood.com founder John Sackton gives an overview of market conditions, outlooks and trade issues during the SWNS Lobster Forum in Yarmouth on Sept. 19. Kathy Johnson photo
There are positive indications for favourable lobster market conditions as fishermen in Southwestern Nova Scotia get ready to set their traps at the end of November.
Healthy export markets, a strong U.S. economy, stable exchange rates and at least an average demand from processors are on the horizon for ...
Inshore Lobster Bycatch Monitoring Implemented in Southwestern Nova Scotia
Like it or lump it, regular at-sea data collection across all inshore lobster fishing areas (LFAs) in the Maritimes Region is being introduced by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).
The monitoring will be starting this fall with LFAs 33, 34 and 35, possibly in the spring of 2019 for LFAs 27, 30, 31a, 31b and 32 and LFA 38b and at a later date to be determined for LFAs 36, 37 and 38.
“The main purpose of at-sea data collection is to determine the occurrence of bycatch ...
Massive Canadian Buying of Lobster Keeps Prices Steady in Maine
When the China lobster tariffs of 25 per cent went into effect on July 6, many feared an immediate reaction in Maine leading to lower prices.
That has not happened.
During the first six months of this year, lobster exports to China from Maine were booming. Many feared that the sudden cutoff of these exports would crash the market.
During the January to July period, Maine shipped three-million pounds of live lobster to China in 2016, 5.6-million in 2017 and nearly 12-million in 2018. To ...
Ropeless Fishing Gear Technology Surfaces Once Again
The conservation efforts of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to protect North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence continue to delay, interrupt or even shut down numerous valuable fisheries.
To date, fisheries involving snow crab, toad crab, rock crab, lobster, whelk, turbot, winter flounder and halibut have, in some way, been negatively impacted by new right whale-related restrictions. As long as right whales continue to be seen in the Gulf, such restrictions will ...
Making Do With Less
Canada’s capture fishing industry is facing a very serious crisis, due to decreasing landings and a shrinking workforce.
Some aspects of that crisis are already apparent, but others will become increasingly obvious as time passes. We need to be thinking about how to deal with it.
In 1990, fish landings in Canada totaled 1,598,281 metric tonnes. In 2016, they were 831,980 tonnes, just 52.1 per cent of the 1990 total.
Fisheries on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts suffered drastic ...
Lobster Settlement Numbers Still a Concern
Last August, The Navigator reported on some potentially disturbing findings that emerged from the 2016 American Lobster Settlement Index (ALSI).
The University of Maine-based ALSI is an annual monitoring program that quantifies the pulse of newly-settled lobsters that repopulate rocky, coastal nursery grounds in New England and Atlantic Canada. Examining this segment of the lobster life history, according to the Index, is especially valuable because it is the only time when one can identify, ...
Sunwell Technologies and Marine Institute Partner on DeepChill
Sunwell Technologies Inc. of Woodbridge, Ont. and the Marine Institute (MI) are continuing their collaborative partnership in a series of tests on various groundfish and shellfish species to establish the benefits of the DeepChill™ process.
DeepChill® is an advanced slurry ice process developed and patented by Sunwell in 1978. The DeepChill® Ice Slurry System offers rapid cooling of fish by super chilling the product using a pumpable mixture of ice micro-crystals and water.
The Future, Fast and Slow
In 2011, an award-winning and best-selling book was Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman.
Dr. Kahneman had won a Nobel Prize in economics for work he discussed in the book. Although it is interesting and worth reading, this column is not really about Dr. Kahneman’s work.
Instead, it’s about the future of the fishery in Atlantic Canada. In some ways, the future is arriving faster than we can deal with it. In others, it is arriving very slowly, maybe slower than we would hope or ...