Putting the ‘Fisher’ Back Into Fisheries Science
Scientists Reaching Out in Two Key Atlantic Fisheries: Units 1 and 2 Redfish and Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Cod
One of the key challenges facing fisheries management is that of establishing effective communication between fishermen, scientists and decision-makers.
It is no secret that scientists aren’t always successful in communicating their results. Indeed, the frustrations of stakeholders are often hard to hide. For fisheries management, however, poor communication can be ...
Redfish Rebound Continuing in The Gulf
Unit 1 Stock up 20 Per Cent in One Year
Redfish are making a comeback in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, with estimates the stock has reached three million tonnes in Unit 1, an increase of 20 per cent in one year.
“It’s a very impressive situation. It’s not something we see often,” said DFO biologist Caroline Senay. “It’s maybe not a good story for Northern shrimp, but overall you cannot be unhappy a fish that was almost gone is coming back.”
Under moratorium since the 1990s, ...
Experimental Redfish Fishery Brings Hope to Gulf of St. Lawrence Harvesters
Along with other species of groundfish, redfish is a species that is making its comeback in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Redfish is a lesser known species, but it meant a lot to our communities in the 80s and 90s for fishermen and plant workers alike. It’s also a promising opportunity for fish harvesters like myself who have been badly impacted by the declines in the Northern shrimp fishery.
It was the good signs of recruitment that led me to reach out to the FFAW with an idea to prepare ...
Unit 1 and 2 Redfish: Making the Most of the Future
Unit 1 and 2 redfish is a good news story. As recently as 2010, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) recommended the species in this stock be listed as endangered and threatened. Fortunately, favorable environmental conditions from 2011 to 2013 allowed extraordinary recruitment.
With millions of tonnes of mostly juvenile redfish in the water today, the industry is faced with entirely different questions — how fast and hard to fish it. These decisions will ...
Is the Whole Greater Than the Sum of its Parts?
“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.”
U.S. human rights activist Malcolm X was surely not referring to the fishery when he said these famous words, but they certainly could apply to the peaks and valleys of this turbulent industry.
Of all the adjectives used to describe the fishing industry over the last 50 years or so, turbulence might be one of the best. ...
Understanding Fish Stocks
Marine Institute Home to OCI Industrial Research Chair for Fish Stock Assessment
Dr. Noel Cadigan has been named the first Ocean Choice International Research Chair in Stock Assessment and Sustainable Harvest Advice for Northwest Atlantic Fisheries.
The new chair is an investment of $2.5 million from industry, government, academia, donors and the Marine Institute (MI) to advance the way fish stock assessments for the Northwest Atlantic fisheries are conducted.
Housed at MI, it is only ...
On the Waterfront – July 2017
Rebranded Seafood Association in Nova Scotia
The Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance (NSSA) has succeeded the Nova Scotia Fish Packers Association, to advocate for and strengthen the voice of the province’s small and medium-sized onshore seafood companies.
The Fish Packers Association represented processors for more than 40 years. The Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance will build on that legacy, and reflect the scope and diversity of modern onshore fisheries operations. The new organization was ...
Canada’s First Redfish Fishery Achieves MSC Certification
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council (GEAC) today announced Canada’s first redfish fishery to meet the globally recognized MSC Fishery Standard.
With this achievement, Acadian redfish (Sebastes fasciatus), also known as Atlantic redfish or ocean perch, caught in Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) Division 3LN, can now be sold as MSC certified by companies with MSC Chain of Custody certificates.
Straddling Canadian and ...
Redfish FIP Established in Gulf
Industry participants, government and non-government partners today announced the launch of a Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) for Units 1 and 2 redfish in Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence and Laurentian Channel.
Historically, redfish fisheries in Units 1 and 2 achieved combined annual catches of 100,000 tonnes. That ended in the early 1990s when this over-exploited stock complex entered an extended period of low productivity.
But by 2020, new recruits that exploded onto the scene in ...
How Fishermen’s Knowledge of Redfish Catches in the 1980s and 1990s Can Help DFO Now
The redfish stock of the Laurentian Channel area (NAFO zones 4RST, 3P — now called Unit 1+2) supported large fisheries in the 1960s and 1980s but since about 1995 catches have been quite small.
In fact, these stocks fell to such low levels that the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) recommended listing the two redfish species in this area as “endangered” and “threatened.” DFO has devoted a lot of time since 2011 to determining the size of this ...