On the Waterfront – April 2017
Ottawa Creates $325-Million Atlantic Fisheries Fund
The federal government has announced an investment of $325 million to create an Atlantic Fisheries Fund aimed at benefiting the fishery in all four Atlantic Provinces.
The Fund is aimed at stimulating innovation, with a focus on growing opportunities and increasing their value to meet market demands for sustainably sourced, high quality fish and seafood products.
Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada said, in ...
Sea Vegetables, Seaweed Pie and Opportunities in Canada
Marine macroalgae or “seaweeds” are found in products used daily by Canadians and around the world.
Toothpaste, for example, often contains a gelling agent extracted from seaweed (e.g. guar gum) that gives it its smooth consistency and keeps the cleaning components of the paste well dispersed and stabilized. A seaweed extract (e.g. alginate) also keeps the lemon filling in meringue pies smooth and firm. In general, seaweeds are considered a “superfood” and have numerous uses that are ...
New Equipment Strengthens Capabilities at MI’s Marine Bioprocessing Facility
Two new pieces of equipment at the Fisheries and Marine Institute’s (MI) Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development (CASD) are allowing the team to extract valuable by-products from fisheries and aquaculture waste on a much larger scale.
Going forward, a new processing line, consisting of a Scraped Surface Heat Exchanger and 3-Phase Decanter Centrifuge will separate fish waste into the components of oil, water, protein and bone at commercial volume.
“This is the ...
Miniboat Regatta Exposes High School Students to the Ocean
Schools and organizations in nine countries around the Atlantic Ocean are launching miniboats for the annual Atlantic Regatta which aims to strengthen students’ knowledge in marine science.
Amongst them are students from Mobile Central High School in Mobile, N.L. — the only Canadian team taking part in this year’s The Once Around Regatta.
The Regatta organized by Educational Passages in Maine, U.S., sees students launch unmanned miniboats equipped with GPS tracking devices into the ...
Advancing Ocean Exploration and Discovery
Historic Investment Creates Ocean Frontier Institute
Memorial is celebrating a milestone that will see researchers and graduate students from multiple disciplines undertake some of the world’s most ambitious research aimed at unlocking the secrets of the North Atlantic.
The federal government announced nearly $100 million in funding on Tuesday, Sept. 6, for the creation of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), an historic partnership between Dalhousie University, Memorial University of ...
Creating New Competitive Advantages
Last month, I demonstrated that the competitive advantages that have sustained the fishing industry in Atlantic Canada for a long time are no longer advantages for us.
Our once-abundant resources are no longer as abundant as they were, and others we compete with have similar resources in greater abundance. Because of free-trade agreements and globalization of supply chains, we have access to good markets on favourable terms — but others have access to the same markets on similar terms, so ...
Iqaluit Hosting Ocean Innovation 2016
Ocean Innovation 2016 will take place Oct. 4-5 in Iqaluit, Nunavut, bringing together representatives from northern communities, academia, business and government to discuss the challenges and opportunities related to the sustainable development of ocean resources, sovereignty, climate change and coastal and maritime infrastructure in the North.
Ocean Innovation is an annual conference focused on topics centred on the latest developments in the areas of maritime safety, efficiency of ...
$3-million Federal Investment Benefits Marine Institute’s Holyrood Marine Base
The Fisheries and Marine Institute’s (MI) Holyrood Marine Base will benefit from a $3-million investment from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
The funding was announced in Holyrood by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA, who was accompanied by the Honourable Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity and Mr. Ken McDonald, ...
Key Performance Indicators
Most businesses use a few key performance indicators (KPIs) to assess how well they are doing in meeting important objectives.
In previous columns, I have discussed the fact that we have a serious productivity problem in the capture fishery in Atlantic Canada. Productivity is a good example of a key performance indicator, but there are others.
For example, an important KPI for the Icelandic fishing industry is output value per kilogram of catch. The industry in Iceland selected it as a ...
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 ...