Is Science Finally Back on DFO’s Menu?
“Do you want to make a contribution to the stewardship of Canada’s three oceans and its aquatic resources?”
While it might not be the most passionate and enthralling call to arms ever uttered around the globe, the majority of stakeholders in Canada’s fishing industry are in agreement that it is about time such a question has been posed to our budding scientific minds.
The aforementioned question is the opening line in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) new recruitment ...
What Will Climate Change Mean for Future Fisheries?
Fish by-products account for a considerable amount of waste in our province, with much of the material simply being dumped in the landfill or ocean or used as fish feed or pet food where possible.
However, through bioprocessing and biorefinery there is an opportunity to generate more beneficial uses for these often discarded parts.
While biorefinery and bioprocessing (ways in which to extract important factors from the by-products) are still new concepts to a very large part of the world, ...
World Oceans Day 2016
June 8 is officially recognized by the United Nations as World Oceans Day. Each year, an increasing number of countries and organizations mark this day as an opportunity to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea. World Oceans Day raises awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives and the important ways people can help to protect it.
Thousands of leading aquariums, governments, conservation organizations, schools and individuals around the world ...
Marine Institute to Hold 2016 Graduation
Almost 200 graduates will receive diplomas and certificates during the 2016 graduation ceremony at the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University on Friday, June 17.
The event will take place in the gymnasium of Marine Institute’s Ridge Road campus at 2 p.m.
The ceremony will include remarks from Glenn Blackwood, vice-president, Memorial University (Marine Institute), and student speaker Will Glatt, who is graduating from the institute’s remotely operated vehicles ...
Fishing and Farming the Seas
Historical Perspective and Future Prospects on Sustainable Seafood Production
“We must plant the sea and herd its animals using the sea as farmers instead of hunters. That is what civilization is all about — farming replacing hunting” — a quote from the famous oceans explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau in the early 1970s.
Perhaps by then he had already begun to see the devastating effects industrial, large scale fishing vessels were having on our oceans ecosystems.
Fishing is indeed ...
Incentives, Risks and Safety
Safety is a big concern in the fishery, as this issue of The Navigator illustrates.
Fishing is widely reputed to be the most dangerous occupation in the world. There are certainly long histories and many stories of tragic losses of vessels and crews. And the danger is probably a big part of the reason reality TV shows like The Deadliest Catch and Coldwater Cowboys attract substantial audiences.
So why are people willing to fish for a living, despite the dangers?
Essentially, people ...
Although Corenna Nuyalia lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut and is located more than 2,000 kilometers from the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) in St. John’s, N.L., a relationship between the two is bringing many benefits to the North.
Nuyalia is the senior advisor for the fisheries, sealing and fur programs with the Fisheries and Sealing Division, Department of Environment, with the Government of Nunavut.
“I deal with all of our funding programs, such as the fisheries development and ...
Satellite Tagging Reveals Northern Gulf Halibut Mysteries
By Dominique Robert and Jonathan Fisher
Following the 2015 stock assessment, the quota for Atlantic halibut in the Gulf of St. Lawrence was set at a record high.
However, the fishery is currently managed under the precautionary approach given the absence of a true abundance estimate and despite the fact that industry feels the stock has been underexploited for several years.
Given this, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) scientists are planning the design of a longline survey, which ...
Our industry has many problems: a resource regime shift driven by global warming, a diminishing supply of labour, changing and increasingly expensive technologies and weak competitiveness, to name some of the more significant ones.
However, the truth is the fishing industry in Atlantic Canada has had serious problems of one kind or another pretty much from its very beginning.
The industry’s problems have been studied time and again for decades by different people and reports of the ...
Marine Institute’s Marine Base Construction Underway
Construction work on the next phase of the Marine Institute of Memorial University’s Holyrood Marine Base has begun.
RJG Construction, which was awarded the tender in November 2015, is preparing the site for the delivery of rock and timbers for the marginal wharf. Construction of the wharf is scheduled to begin in late March.
The institute will build a wharf and breakwater on the north side of the base in common with the berths and harbour on the south. The enclosed area will provide ...