To the surprise of few, the current season in lobster fishing areas 33-34 is turning out to be a difficult one. Everyone involved with what is one of the world’s largest lobster fisheries knew the chips were stacked against them...
Long before it kicked off, everyone participating in the lobster fishing area (LFA) 33–34 fishery knew 2022–23 was going to be a challenging season. Lower shore prices, market uncertainty and record prices for bait and diesel are among some of...
Author Elizabeth Edwards once wrote, “She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” With a challenging 2023 lobster season on the horizon, it looks as the though the resilient commercial...
American author James C. Collins once said “bad decisions made with good intentions, are still bad decisions.” After receiving and continuing to receive unmitigated backlash over its decision to “Red List” American lobster and Canadian snow crab, the California-based Monterey...
Rodney Dangerfield once said “It’s great to have grey hair. Ask anyone who’s bald.” And one does not have to visit too many commercial fishing wharves and harbours across Atlantic Canada to see plenty of examples of that grey hair...
The late English comedian Les Dawson once said “The way prices are rising, the good old days are last week.” It appears Atlantic Canadians’ fixation of talking about weather fluctuations has been overshadowed of late by tales of price fluctuations...
Harvesters in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34 finally have a chance to catch their collective breath and reflect on the season that was. And it was certainly a season of literal ups and downs and not just with...
The 2022 Atlantic Canada pelagics fishery is in a tailspin. The March 30 announcement by Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Minister Joyce Murray that there will be no directed commercial or bait fishing for southern Gulf spring herring and a complete...
I’ve been a professional fish harvester for more than 30 years. Three generations in my family have made our livelihoods from fishing, with two before me and my two sons following in my footsteps. I lived and work through the cod...
Have the federal government’s recent actions to help protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from fishing gear entanglements and collisions with vessels been working? For now, they appear to be. The Departments of Fisheries, Oceans (DFO) and Transport announced in...
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