Rewind to the years 1999 and 2000. After the Supreme Court of Canada’s Marshall I and II decisions in September and November 1999, the Canadian Government spent nearly $600 million buying back commercial fishing...
For the majority of people in Southwest Nova Scotia, New Year’s Day was celebrated on January 1 and the party hats and noisemakers have been put away for another year. As a bit of a quick...
According to the calendar, Christmas Day is still many weeks away. But don’t tell that to the hundreds of harvesters in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33-34. For them, Christmas starts early, beginning at the end of November with the opening of...
Overfishing continues to be one of the major problems facing many commercial fisheries around the world. Despite the efforts of many countries, many fisheries are still nothing more than a cash-grab, free-for-all, with little...
I would like to commend the Navigator Magazine for its editorial, “Is Federal MPA Plan Too Aggressive and Short-Sighted,” in the February issue. Part of the problem is that the fisheries sector has fallen short when...
After the Deepwater Horizon disaster, I dedicated five years of my life to fighting against the development of Old Harry, a hydrocarbon reserve midway between Newfoundland and the Magdalen Islands. Recently, I have had to re-engage...
The fact that 2019 is a federal election year is not lost on anyone. The governing Liberals would certainly like to hang on to their electoral riding monopoly in Atlantic Canada and they know how important fishermen’s...
This year the Lobster Council of Canada (LCC), the only cross-sectorial, cross-provincial industry association for lobster, has an unprecedented opportunity to fulfill our mission to increase demand and price to fortify economic sustainability, rewarding everyone within the Canadian lobster...
In its August editorial, the Atlantic Fisherman dealt with the perceived correlation between warming ocean water temperatures and more frequent and harsher storms. But more violent storms are the not only thing being impacted by warming water...
It is an unfortunate reality that fish farming has been the subject of sustained misinformation campaigns in recent months. What makes this disturbing is that fish farming supports thousands of essential jobs in rural...
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