Repeating Myself 30 Years Later
Looking back, it’s ironic the two big stories in the news the week of January 10, 2020 were the death of the Hon. John Crosbie, who was Fisheries Minister at the time of the moratorium in 1992 and now 28 years later we are told the cod stocks in the Gulf are in danger of extinction.
What have we learned in 28 years?
I think we all know the answer to that one, but for some reason the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the managers of our oceans do not seem to get it.
In the late ...
The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same
In an April 2020 press release, Karen Dwyer, cod research Scientist, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) stated that “survey indices suggest that recently observed stock growth (C2012-2016) may have stalled ecosystems conditions, indicating limited productivity and reduced food availability limiting the growth of cod.”
Dwyer said on CBC’s The Broadcast, that cod have turned to cannibalism (eating their own) because of a lack of food, mainly capelin. When asked by host Jane Adey ...
Should There be a Fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador This Year?
The fishery is part of the food chain, the very essence of life.
We have a lot of people in this world who are starving to death and any interruptions in the food chain will only make things worse. Food gets scarce, prices skyrocket and the poor people will be the ones to suffer.
There is a lot of fear in this province and you hear it every day on radio and TV, all in an effort to get people to stay home.
Approximately 90 per cent of food in Newfoundland and Labrador comes from outside ...
Inshore Fishing Industry Loses a Steadfast Advocate
Tom Best: December 31, 1945 – March 31, 2020
Tom Best was a tireless advocate for the inshore fishery, which was once the economy driving Newfoundland and Labrador, and one of the best-known inshore fishermen in this province.
Before I met Tom, I got to know him from open line radio shows and the Fisherman’s Broadcast.
In the 1980s, when the inshore fishery started to decline, Tom like many others, saw the warning signs and the potential demise of the industry that was so important ...
Wrong to Compare Aquaculture to Agriculture
This is in response to a letter to the editor by Mark Lane, executive director of the N.L. Aquaculture Industry Association, where he is supporting the fish farms in the ocean, regardless of the damage they cause and I can understand why, that’s what he is getting paid for.
I too am a proud citizen of this province and grew up harvesting the ocean and the land and the two are as different as chalk and cheese, especially what has happened this year on the South Coast.
When farmers lose ...
My Tribute to James Morgan
I first met Jim Morgan back in the late 70s when he was Fisheries Minister in the Peckford Government.
We were in the process of trying to get a marine service centre in the Green Bay South area, and after a long time we were successful.
We also had meetings with Jim after the anti-sealing group destroyed the market for seal products.
After Jim was finished with politics, he formed an organization called Rural Rights and Boat Owners Association because the federal government had ...
Crisis in Our Ocean 25 Years After the Moratorium
In 1992, there was a moratorium called on what was one of the greatest cod stocks of the world, the Northern cod of Newfoundland and Labrador — it was supposed to be for a couple of years.
Fast forward to 2017, 25 years later, we are facing the same things again. What has happened?
After the cod moratorium, many people called for an inquiry as to what happened but alas no government would take it on. For a few years after the moratorium, our coastal communities were kept alive with ...
Why Did Richard Gillett Go on a Hunger Strike?
On April, 13 Richard Gillett went on a hunger strike because he felt that the future of rural Newfoundland and Labrador was facing a bleak future because of the mismanagement of our oceans that had sustained us for 500 years.
Over the last 30 years, we have seen just about everything involving our oceans — we went from the moratorium to the present day, but what did we learn?
Richard had two requests:
One for a review of the science and management of all provincial fish stocks, the ...
More Misinformation About the Seal Hunt
The snow and the ice is starting to form and the termites are starting to come out of the woodwork, what I call the ill-informed bleeding hearts.
I am referring to the seal protest that took place recently in St. John’s.
Renee Gosse, one of the protesters that was interviewed by CBC, was asked why she was protesting the seal hunt. She stated that they were trying to educate the people of this province about the seal hunt, adding it is cruel, wasteful and unnecessary.
I have been ...
Newfoundland and Labrador Needs to Get Back to Basics
I haven’t written much about the fishery lately because not many people seemed concerned about it or making their voices known and the previous government had the fishing industry on the back burner.
I recently read an article in The Telegram by Father Brophy about the proposed sale of Quinsea to a company in Denmark, Royal Greenland and listened to Gus Etchegary, Dr. Phil Earle, Leo Seamour, John Gillette and David Boyd. I thought to myself, we have a change of government in Ottawa and a ...