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Murky Waters Surround MPAs

After the Deepwater Horizon disaster, I dedicated five years of my life to fighting against the development of Old Harry, a hydrocarbon reserve midway between Newfoundland and the Magdalen Islands. Recently, I have had to re-engage on a separate, but related issue of marine protected areas or MPAs. In being more fashionable than practical, MPAs will needlessly expropriate prime fishing grounds from our intergenerational fishermen. Although the whole world thinks marine protected areas ...

We Need to Protect our Seafood Farmers

As a proud Newfoundlander and Labradorian, I can sit in silence no more and watch an industry pioneered by scientists and dedicated farmers of the sea since the 1970s be slowly eroded and destroyed by foreign interest groups such as the Sea Shepherd Society and other ideological radicals. This September, our farming industry suffered a catastrophic loss of stock due to an unforeseeable environmental event. This act of Mother Nature and the impact that it has had on our industry was no ...

Net Pen Farmed Salmon Aquaculture Still the Best Option for Industry

I recently read The Telegram editorial entitled: Farmed Salmon 2.0, published on July 20, 2019. Some interesting questions are posed therein about whether or not the province is backing the right horse or not regarding net pen farmed salmon versus land-based, closed containment systems? I would say the answer is a categorical yes for the following reasons explained here. Net pen farmed salmon is still the most ecologically and environmentally lowest carbon impact and cost-effective way ...

Immediate Action Needed to Save Whales

We are devastated at the loss of now six right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It was one, then two, then four, five and now six. It has left our team and our allies sickened and heartbroken. It has left us angry and wanting to take emergency action. Of the six precious whales now confirmed dead, I will tell you about two briefly. Whales such as the matriarch Punctuation, who birthed eight calves and was responsible for multiple grandchildren after that and the newly mature male ...

DFO Needs to Change Policy on Medical Substitute Operator for Lobster Fishery

The independence of the inshore lobster fishery is a goal we all support. It helps keep licenses in individual hands through the owner-operator policy and is important to the growth and preservation of our coastal communities. In the last few years, The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has started enforcing a policy which clearly violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, DFO introduced the medical substitute operator policy. This allowed a ...

The Universal Law of Sustainability

In the editorial of The Navigator (Vol. 20, No 12, December, p. 4) it was stated “There is an argument being made now that a modern fishery should be managed as a whole, not by individual stocks.” One way a fishery could be “managed as a whole” is by guiding the trial and error management of a fishery by universal laws. That is by laws that apply to the whole fishery. Let me illustrate this idea by reference to the traditional management of the 145-plus year-old inshore Maritime ...

Current Fisheries Policy Damaging Industry

Just a little over a year ago, the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour came out swinging against FISH-NL. The head of the federation of labour, Mary Shortall, said FISH-NL was raiding one of its member unions and the federation was completely against it. Shortall said all of the federation’s member unions were standing in solidarity with the FFAW-Unifor. The fact that FISH-NL was formed because a significant number of the FFAW-Unifor’s fish harvester membership was totally ...

Core or Non-Core, We Are Fishermen Too

As a fisherman in (NAFO Area) 3L, I am not only writing this on my behalf, but for other fisherman around the island who find themselves in the same situation that I am in. Although I have fished for the better part of my life as a crewmember, I am considered non-core. When the fishery was primarily a cod fishery around the island back in the 70s and 80s, a lot of crewmembers fished on boats that probably belonged to some member of their family and that was considered the norm. No one ...

What is the Outcome for N.L. Dropping Minimum Processing Requirements?

What did Newfoundland and Labrador get for giving up minimum processing requirements (MPR) under CETA? CETA is the trade deal Canada just signed with the European Union and the signature for Canada was Justin Trudeau. MPRs reflect an established right of a province to impose minimum processing requirements for fish landed at our ports. In the past, exemptions have been approved for the export of unprocessed fish when the market required it and/or when processing was not viable. No other ...

Summer Commercial Cod Fishery Should be Eliminated

Once again, Bob Verge has produced a very thought provocative article with his column Quantity Versus Value, Navigator Vol. 20. No. 10, October 2017. When the time comes and it will, when Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are allowed to kill a cod for gain and sell it commercially, we have to do it like the Scandinavians. Maximizing value is the way to proceed. I tell people it really does not matter how we catch cod in the summer months. This is only “hobby fishing.” However, when ...