Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs once said, “Innovation is an opportunity to see change as an opportunity — not a threat.” Canada’s marine industries are embracing the opportunities that come with technological innovations, as can be seen in...
An often-unspoken cornerstone of Canadian culture is our tendency to distance ourselves on the world stage from our American neighbours when it comes to culture, lifestyle and a litany of other minute details. What even less of us are likely...
The holiday season and all of its festivities and traditions will soon be upon us. The countdown is on to when your home will be strewn with tinsel and lights, your tree will be overrun with gifts and there might...
People often say, that when it rains, it pours. While there has been a dark cloud over the Nova Scotia lobster fishery for some months now, the sun must shine eventually. As far back as the start of the 2021/22 season,...
In the federal government’s ever-increasing desire to protect the undoubtedly dwindling North Atlantic right whale population in this region, fish harvesters have had to sacrifice large portions of their seasons due to closures and make do with less-than-ideal whale-safe...
While the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is content with Canadian fish harvesters missing out on yet another year of the Atlantic mackerel fishery, American harvesters have seen a 27 per cent reduction in quota, leaving them with...
As the 11th-century abbot Saint Bernard famously observed, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” This is the case with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The act, introduced by the Nixon administration in 1972, was the United...
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has said that lobster stocks in the Maritimes are in great shape, but the future of our oceans could have major implications for the health of the stock. Every lobster fishing area (LFA),...
It appears both operators and communities feel shut out of Nova Scotia’s regulatory decisions surrounding aquaculture. In the Nova Scotia Aquaculture Regulatory Advisory Committee’s latest report on the province’s aquaculture regulations, 43 stakeholders, 16 Indigenous communities and 864 mostly well-informed...
The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) recently concluded that vessel stability issues were one of the major causes of the 2020 sinking of the Chief William Saulis. According to the TSB report, on December 15, 2020, shortly after midnight, the fishing...