International Fleet has Doubled Since 1950
3.7-Million Fishing Vessels Now Plying the World’s Oceans
If you walk into any rural community or fisheries-related museum anywhere in Atlantic Canada, chances are you will see old, faded photographs of busy harbours hanging on the walls.
Harbours that were not only bustling with people and commerce but were absolutely filled with boats — in many cases hundreds of small fishing vessels, backed with impressive looking schooners at anchor.
There were so many small boats back then, that ...
Offshore, Inshore Shrimp Fleets Elevate Debate Through Public Campaigns
An important report on the future of the province’s northern shrimp fishery is expected to land on federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Hunter Tootoo’s desk by the middle of this month.
In it a ministerial advisory panel will offer advice to Tootoo on whether his department should continue, modify or abolish the controversial Last In, First Out (LIFO) policy for that fishery. If abolished, it is expected to offer advice on what kind of sharing arrangement between the inshore and offshore ...
FFAW Calls for Immediate Halt to Northern Shrimp Fishery in Area 6
The Fish Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) is calling for an immediate halt to all northern shrimp fishing activity in Shrimp Fishing Area 6 (SFA6), which is located adjacent to the northeast coast of Newfoundland and the southeast coast of Labrador.
The call for a halt is in response to reports that the fishable biomass for SFA6 has declined sharply over the past year. “If the reports we have received are accurate, then we are facing a very difficult situation in the northern shrimp ...
Georges, Browns Banks Could be Threatened by New Offshore Leases
The battle to keep offshore oil and gas interests off Georges Bank was long and hard and prosecuted both here and in New England.
At stake was the continued existence of one of the richest fishing grounds on the planet with a unique ecosystem which feeds sea life, plants and animals.
In this neck of the woods, you had fishermen, aboriginal groups and environmentalists in a coalition against those that would turn this part of Nova Scotia into Alberta East.
Those people are still around ...