Cod, Shrimp and Pangasius See Gains in U.S. Consumption
Cod is the big winner in the per capita U.S. consumption numbers, as it has taken an increased share of the whitefish market over the past five years.
The per capita consumption numbers released by the National Fisheries Institute recently showed a drop in overall U.S. seafood consumption from 15.5 to 14.9 pounds. Almost all of the drop was attributable to salmon, where consumption fell .7 pounds per person.
The NMFS model, on which NFI bases its numbers, is a disappearance model and is ...
NRC Working on Design of U.S. Polar Icebreakers
The National Research Council of Canada’s (NRC) facility in St. John’s recently hosted dignitaries from the United States Coast Guard (USCG), United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate, and United States (U.S.) Navy to discuss and showcase progress made on the testing and evaluation of design models for the U.S. heavy polar icebreaker acquisition program.
During this phase, the NRC is conducting environmental characterization of ice ...
Dominic LeBlanc Heads Delegation to UN Ocean Conference in New York
Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, is leading a Canadian delegation to the first ever UN Ocean Conference.
Canada will be reiterating its commitment to the sustainable harvest of our fisheries and highlighting the leadership role Canada is taking internationally on policies related to marine conservation targets. The minister will underscore Canada's commitment to protecting five per cent of its marine and coastal areas by the end of 2017 as a clear ...
On the Waterfront – May 2017
Seafood Producers Laud Canada Free Trade Deal
The Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) says a new free trade deal covering internal trade in goods and services in Canada is an historical achievement, on this, the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
“Today’s agreement is an historical agreement, and goes together with the legacies of FTA, NAFTA, CETA and other free deals signed by our federal government with countries around the world,” said Derek Butler, Executive Director of ...
While Trump Cuts Funding to Science, Ottawa Adds Positions in Atlantic Canada
I have to note the difference between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when it comes to science.
President Trump will cut major programs such as the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA — the agency which is predicting an eight-foot plus rise in ocean levels by 2017), while at the same time our federal government has announced $325-million to be shared among the four Atlantic Provinces for fisheries growth.
Included in the package, an informant ...
U.S. Tightens Up Seafood Import Regulations
With the the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) recently passing the latest bureaucratic hurdle, more in the Atlantic Canadian fishing industry are turning their attention to the potential, new markets across the Atlantic.
But before these forthcoming tariff-free zones start to garner everyone’s attention, perhaps a refocusing of the critical and traditional market to the south might be in order — the most important buyer of Atlantic Canada seafood, ...
Learning from 40 Years with the 200-Mile Limit – Part II
Last month’s column dealt mainly with how Canada obtained the 200-mile limit in 1977, leading to great optimism about the future of the fishery in Atlantic Canada, but things did not turn out as expected.
Starting in 1992, just 15 years later, we imposed a series of moratoriums on fishing groundfish stocks to try to conserve what was left of those resources.
However, things were not going well even before the moratoriums. In 1981, there was a Royal Commission to investigate problems in ...
Ocean Farming in 3-D
Former Newfoundlander Making Eco-Friendly Waves in the U.S.
Bren Smith would love to see his 3-D ocean farm model set up around the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador.
It would be one piece of the puzzle in solving the province’s current economic problems, he says, and offset the decline in key commercial fishing stocks such as crab and shrimp, and the northern cod moratorium.
In fact, Smith’s vision of the future fisherman is one not chasing fish at all, but farming it.