Canada Missing Big Opportunity to Support its Small-Scale Fisheries

Guest post by Arthur Bull.  The vast majority of fisheries in the world are small-scale.  These are the community-based, small boat, family-owned fisheries that make up a whopping 90% of the world’s fisheries, fisheries that land more than 2/3 of … Continue reading

Making Fishing Fair

Coils of bottom longline. Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia.

by Sadie Beaton. Our oceans are vast, and filled with mystery. Though we may enjoy seafood or even an ocean view, many of us don’t have a clue what happens on fishing boats, let alone under the water. Unmistakable though, … Continue reading

Seeking Netukulimk

Dusk along Pomquet

Guest Contribution by Martha Stiegman Seeking ‘Netukulimk’ looks a little different for everyone. My search involved hanging my seven-months-pregnant belly over the bow of a canoe at midnight. My guide and co-director Kerry Prosper was paddling us along the shores … Continue reading

Recognizing and Protecting our Small-Scale Fisheries

Photo courtesy of Too Big To Ignore

Guest contribution by Sharmane Allen. Small-scale fisheries are the cornerstone of many of Canada’s coastal communities. A current initiative undertaken by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) calls on Canadians to recognize and protect this cornerstone by … Continue reading

Is the Assault on the Small-scale Fishery Making us Stronger?

Hauling in the Catch

Guest Contribution by Maria Recchia The small-scale fishing industry in Canada has been under attack recently. First Ottawa releases the now famous “Discussion Document on Modernizing the Fisheries” which conveniently omitted the owner-operator and fleet separation policies. Then the Fisheries … Continue reading

Moving Forward Together

Maria Recchia at Moving Forward Together

Guest Contribution by Brett Tolley Last week I had the privilege to join the Canadian Independent Fish Harvester’s Movement for their two-day meeting in Halifax. My purpose was to learn more about owner-operator policies in Atlantic Canada but to be … Continue reading

More Than Meets the Eye: Trade Treaties and Atlantic Fisheries

Guest Contribution by Jordan Nikoloyuk. If you’re like me, you’ve heard a lot about the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union, but you don’t know many details. It turns out that’s deliberate. The agreement … Continue reading